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16 -18 Funding
Options

This area provides information on the funding options available, and links to application pages for those aged 16-18, those who are 19 but on a second year of a course they started when they were in the 16-18 age bracket, and anyone with an approved Education and Health Care Plan, (EHCP), who will be aged under 25 on the 31st August 2020. Learners who are travelling from Wales will need to apply for the Welsh Education Maintenance Allowance, (EMA). If not eligible for this scheme then they can apply for the 16-18 Bursary.

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Welsh Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Am I Eligible?

Welsh EMA is available to learners aged 16–18 who travel to SGS College from Wales. As this is an external scheme, applications are only available via Student Finance Wales, who have full control over the outcome of your application. Click here for further information or to apply.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

If eligible, you may be able to receive up to £30 per week, paid fortnightly based on your attendance.

Click below to see eligibility for FCM:

Free College Meals Scheme

Q. I am not attending college. Will I still get my Welsh EMA?

To get EMA payments, you must have your attendance confirmed by your school or college. This applies to pupils not attending school due to expulsion, suspension, illness or other reasons. The school or college is responsible for this decision. You should contact your school or college with any questions about attendance. You can do this by email at [email protected] or in person by visiting the team at your campus.

Q. When do I get my Welsh EMA payments?

You can start getting EMA payments as soon as you start your course(s), as long as you apply on time, agree to and sign the EMA Agreement with the MMS Team and meet the attendance requirements.

16–18 Bursary

The 16-18 Bursary looks at supporting learners aged 16-18, (or those aged up to 25 with an EHCP plan), who are in financial hardship and require support while studying an FE college course. This scheme is designed to overcome financial barriers to learning, by looking at the support we may be able to provide towards the actual costs of participation in your chosen course of study. For example: material fees and travel.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible, learners must:
  • be aged over 16 and under 19 on the 31 August on the year of study, or be 25 and under with an approved Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP);
  • have been living in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for at least 3 years prior to the course start date;
  • be studying an approved further education course (e.g. not an apprenticeship or any waged training); and
  • be able to demonstrate a total household income of under £25,000 per financial year through parent(s)/guardian(s) employment or state benefits.
  • Learners who live in Wales will need to apply for EMA rather than the 16-19 bursary, (see details below)
  • Being a recipient of one of our bursary schemes will have no effect on your eligibility for state benefits.
Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive the 16–18 Bursary if they are continuing on a study programme they began when aged 16–18, or if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Other eligibility criteria can be found within the '16–18 Financial Support' application or by request.

Click Here to Go to Application Page
2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

Information coming soon.

Click below to see eligibility for FCM:

Free College Meals Scheme

Q. How long does it take to process my bursary application?

Depending on when you apply, we will try and write to you within four weeks of receiving your application.

Q. How and when will I be paid if I am awarded a bursary?

You will be paid by BACS direct to your bank account, or to a nominated person's bank account. Payment dates can depend. We recommend referring to your payment schedule or contacting us at [email protected] to check your application.

Q. Can my bursary be paid to someone else's account?

Yes, if there is a justifiable reason that you are unable to have your own bank account. Otherwise, you will be expected to have a bank account open when you apply for the bursary.

Q. My bank details have changed since I submitted my bursary application. What should I do?

If your bank details change, you must inform us immediately. Failure to do so could cause delays to you receiving your award. Please contact us at [email protected].

Q. I applied for my bursary, but what if I change my course?

Please notify us if you change your course; we may need to adjust any course fee awards.

Q. I applied for my bursary, but what if I don't start my course?

If you do not start your course, you will not receive any funds from the bursary. You will also receive no help towards any course fees you may be liable for.

Q. What if I withdraw after applying for a bursary?

If you withdraw from your course, all bursary payments will stop and you may be liable to pay material fees or return some or all of your bursary award.

Q. Why haven't I received my bursary payment?

You may not have received your bursary payment if your attendance is below 90%; you can check your attendance on ProPortal. If you believe the attendance record is incorrect, please speak to a member of your department. Alternatively, we could hold incorrect bank details for you; to check this, please visit the team or email [email protected]. Payments are also based on students meeting the College's Behaviour Policy requirements.

Vulnerable Young Person Bursary

Am I Eligible?

Learners who are in one or more of the vulnerable groups listed below and who are  under 19 can apply for the Vulnerable Young Person Bursary if they are participating in an approved further education study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more.

The defined vulnerable groups:
  • Those in care
  • Care leavers
  • Those who live independently and receive Income Support or Universal Credit in place of Income Support in their own right
  • Those who live independently and receive Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments in their own right
Click Here to Go to Application Page
2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

Information coming soon.

Free College Meals

Am I Eligible?

The Free College Meals (FCM) scheme provides learners aged 16 –18 with a meal worth up to £3.85 for each day they are timetabled to attend college. To be eligible for this scheme, you or a parent/guardian must be in receipt of an approved state benefit. Details of which benefits are accepted can be found within the eligibility section of the application form.

Free College Meals will also be provided to students aged 19 –25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and in receipt of one of the approved state benefits detailed within the application form.

Link to FCM can be found through 16-18 and VYP bursary applications above.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

Information coming soon.

Q. How do I claim?

If you have been awarded Free College Meals, (FCM), then this entitles you to receive £3.85 for each timetabled day that you attend College, (Monday-Friday), to spend at any of the food outlets on campus.

You will be unable to use more than £3.85 a day; however you can make multiple transactions up to the value of this amount. Any funds left at the end of the day will not carry over to the next day.

Q. How do I access FCM via the app?

To access this money you can now download an app on your phone and use the QR code to pay, or you can scan your student ID badge to pay. Please be aware however, that if you change your card, you will have to let MMS know and wait for your new card to be registered before you can use it.

  1. Click Here to Download the Upay App
    1. Please be aware that you may need to connect to the college Wi-Fi if your own signal is not very strong.
  2. Follow instructions to register on the App.
    1. The Affiliate ID is: SGSCOL
    2. Your Student IO is: Your student number shown on all official college documents as ‘Student Ref’
Download Upay User Guide

Support for
Young Parents

Am I Eligible?

The Care2Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study at SGS College. You must be a parent aged under 20 at the start of your course and live in England. You must also be studying an approved course. Applications are only available via Gov.uk, who have full control over the outcome of your application. Click here for further information or to apply.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

Information coming soon.