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Funding Options and Applications

19+ Funding
Options

This page provides information on the funding and bursary options available to 19+ learners.

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Course Fees Support

Entitlements, Fee Waivers and Advanced Learner Loans

Legal Entitlements

If you do not already hold a full Level 2/3 qualification, you may be eligible to apply for an entitlement if you are aged 19–23 at the start of the course. This could mean that all your course costs (excluding optional trip fees) are waived. You will need to meet the full Education Skills Funding Agency eligibility criteria and be studying a course that is eligible for this scheme.

Benefit Fee Waivers

If you are studying a Level 2 or below course and are in receipt of an approved state benefit in your own name, you may be able to have all course costs (excluding optional trip fees) waived. You will need to meet the full Education Skills Funding Agency eligibility criteria, be studying a course that is eligible for this scheme and provide evidence of the state benefit.

Low Income Fee Waivers

If you are studying a Level 2 or below course and you are employed or self employed, earning less than £16,009.50 annual gross salary, you may be able to have all course costs (excluding optional trip fees) waived. You will need to meet the full Education Skills Funding Agency eligibility criteria, be studying a course that is eligible for this scheme and provide evidence of the state benefit.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to higher education loans, helping students aged 19 or over and studying a Level 3 or above course to pay for further education, rather than having to pay upfront. You will only need to start to repay the loan once you have finished your course and are earning over £25,000 a year.

If you pay for an Access to HE course using an Advanced Learner Loan and then go on to complete a higher education course, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan.

To apply, or for further information click Here. We will be sending out emails with all relevant details to enable you to apply for the loan in the near future. If you require any assistance then please contact the MMS team.

Bursary Support

19+ Advanced Learner Loan and Hardship Bursaries

Support with the costs of attending college, such as travel, food, childcare and material costs, (depending on scheme and eligibility)

19+ Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

If you have been successful for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, then the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan Bursary can provide learners with financial support for a range of educational costs, including food, travel, equipment and study materials. This scheme can also help with childcare costs.

To be eligible, learners must:
  • be aged 19 or over on the 31 August of the year of study;
  • have an approved 19+ Advanced Learner Loan; and
  • be able to demonstrate a total household income of under £25,000 per financial year through employment or state benefits (as well as all other adults in the household).

Other eligibility criteria can be found within the '19+ Financial Support' application or by request.

19+ Hardship Bursary

The 19+ Hardship Bursary provides learners with financial support for a range of educational costs, including compulsory trips, travel, equipment, exams and study materials.

To be eligible, learners must:
  • be aged 19 or over on the 31 August of the year of study;
  • have been living in the UK or European Economic Area for at least 3 years prior to the course start date; and
  • be able to demonstrate a total household income of under £25,000 per financial year through employment or state benefits (as well as all other adults in the household).

Other eligibility criteria can be found within the '19+ Financial Support' application or by request.

Click here to apply

Childcare

Both the 19+ Hardship Bursary and the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan Bursary can offer support with childcare costs while you study at SGS. You will need to be aged 21 or over and have been successful for either the 19+ Hardship Bursary or the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan Bursary to be eligible. Learners aged 20 and under should refer to the Care2Learn scheme to help with childcare costs.

Application for childcare can be found through 19+ hardship and loan bursary applications above. If you opted not to complete the childcare form whilst completing your application for a 19+ bursary, then please complete the application form below.

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Form For Completion by Childcare Providers

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Learners with an Education and Health Care Plan, (EHCP)

Students with an approved education and health care plan, who are aged 25 or under on the 31st August 2020 are eligible for the 16-18 bursary.

This means that:
  • No course fees will be payable (With the exception of non-essential trips).
  • The bursary award will be in line with the 16-18 bursary allocation strategy.
  • Free college meals can be applied for.
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Welsh Government Learning Grant

The Welsh Government Learning Grant is an income-assessed grant of up to £1500 for 19+ students that aims to encourage residents of Wales to continue with their education where otherwise this may not be possible. Applications are only available via Student Finance Wales, who have full control over the outcome of your application. Click here to apply.

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