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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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Legal Entitlements

Am I Eligible?

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.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

If awarded, the Legal Entitlement will pay for:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Exam Fee
  • Any Invoiced Material Fees

The payment will be made directly to the department you are completing the course with.

PLEASE NOTE: If you leave the course before completing the qualifying period for funding, then you may be liable for your course fees.

Benefit Fee Waivers

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible you must be:

  • Aged 19+ on the first day of your course
  • Completing a level 2 or below course
  • In receipt of an approved state benefit in your own name
  • Studying a course that is eligible for this scheme
  • Have settled status, have been an ordinary resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start date of the course, or be in one of the exception groups

PLEASE NOTE: If you are aged 19-23 you can only study a level 2 course on this offer if you already have a Full Level 2 or above.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

If awarded, the Benefit Waiver will pay for:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Exam Fee
  • Any Invoiced Material Fees

The payment will be made directly to the department you are completing the course with.

PLEASE NOTE: If you leave the course before completing the qualifying period for funding, then you may be liable for your course fees.

Low Income Fee Waivers

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible you must be:

  • Aged 19+ on the first day of your course
  • Completing a level 2 or below course
  • Be Employed/Self Employed
  • Be earning less than £17,004 per annum if you live within an Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) area, or £18,525 per annum if you live within the West of England Combined Authority area, (WECA).
  • Studying a course that is eligible for this scheme
  • Have settled status, have been an ordinary resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start date of the course, or be in one of the exception groups

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE IN A WECCA OR ESFA AREA

PLEASE NOTE: If you are aged 19-23 you can only study a level 2 course on this offer if you already have a Full Level 2 or above.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

If awarded, the Low Income Waiver will pay for:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Exam Fee
  • Any Invoiced Material Fees

The payment will be made directly to the department you are completing the course with.

PLEASE NOTE: If you leave the course before completing the qualifying period for funding, then you may be liable for your course fees.

National Skills Offer

Am I Eligible?

What is the National Skills Offer?:
This offer is a part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and is designed to remove the age constraints and financial barriers for adults looking for their first level 3 qualification so they and access training to enable them to progress. Qualifications on the offer have been identified to help improve job prospects.

To be eligible you must be:

  • Aged 19+ on the first day of your course and not already have a level 3 (or above) qualification
  • Completing a level 3 course that is on the National Skills offer
  • Have settled status, have been an ordinary resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start date of the course, or be in one of the exception groups

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

If awarded, the National Skills Offer will pay for:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Exam Fee
  • Any Invoiced Material Fees

You do not need to apply for this scheme. The College will determine your eligibility upon receipt of your application.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan

Am I Eligible?

Advanced learner loan explained Click here

Before applying for an Advanced Learner Loan check you are not eligible for a Legal Entitlement or could be funded via the National Skills offer. If you choose to apply for a loan rather than exercising your entitlement, this may mean that you have given up your right to exercise your entitlement to AEB funding in future.

To be eligible you must be:
  • aged 19+ on the first day of your course
  • completing a level 3,4,5 or 6 qualification
  • have settled status, have been an ordinary resident in UK for at least 3 years prior to the start date of the course, or are in one of the exception groups

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 you will need a 'Learning and Funding' letter', which will contain all the relevant details you need to make your application. This letter will be emailed to you, along with your invoice, as soon as you have been enrolled. To apply, or for further information click Here. If you require any assistance then please contact the MMS team.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to higher education loans, helping students to pay for tuition fees rather than having to pay upfront.

  • Please be aware that your loan may be equal or slightly less than your course fee.
  • Payments are made to the College monthly based on your attendance.
  • If you leave your course, your loan will stop and you will be responsible for paying any outstanding money owed to the College.
  • You will only need to start to repay the loan once you have finished your course and are earning over £27,295 a year.

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Q. Is there an minimum age for someone applying for the Advanced Learner Loan?

Yes, you must be 19 or above or enrolled on a level 3 or above course.

Q. Can I apply for the Advanced Learner Loan online?

Yes, applying online is quick and easy. You can register and apply online at www.gov.uk/advancedlearnerloan. If you need any help, please contact the MMS Team.

Q. Can I apply for the Advanced Learner Loan after my course has started?

You should apply as early as possible to make sure Student Finance England can pay at the start of your course. However, you can apply for a loan at any time during your course, but not after you have completed it.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan and Hardship Bursaries

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible, learners must:
  • be aged 19 or over on the 31 August of the year of study;
  • be able to demonstrate a total household income of under £26,000 per financial year through employment or state benefits (as well as other adults in the household).
    Please Note: if you are in receipt of any state benefits it is your responsibility to inform the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about any learner support you receive from us, as the learner support payment may impact those benefits.
  • have an approved 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to be eligible for the advanced learner loan bursary.
2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

The amount of your bursary award will be based on your individual needs and circumstances and will be constructed of 2 potential elements:

  • Support towards the cost of materials/ equipment: A one off payment to be paid directly into your designated bank account, or, if applicable, paid directly to the Department.
  • A monthly cash sum: to support with travel and other college related costs.

*Please be aware that any monthly monetary awards will be paid based on attendance (90%).

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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. Payments will be made monthly from October to June where a cash payment has been awarded.

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 visit PayMyStudent and update your details as soon as possible. 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. 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 review your account on PayMyStudent to see why your bursary has not been paid. 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.

Q. What if my attendance falls below the required limit?

Speak to your tutor or staff member. If reasons are genuine and they feel your bursary can be paid then ask them to email MMS.

Q. Why has my application been declined?

If your household income is over our upper income threshold then this could be the reason for the decline. If you have not uploaded all of your supporting evidence to PayMyStudent your application will have been declined.

Q. What if I apply late or supply evidence late?

Your bursary will be awarded from the month following your application/submission of evidence and may not be backdated.

Childcare Support

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible:
  • You must have been awarded the 19+ Hardship or the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan Bursary.
  • Be aged 21 or over. If 20 and under, refer to the Care2Learn scheme to help with childcare costs up to the value of £2,000. Click here to find out more.

You can apply for childcare support when applying for a bursary. Just click, ‘yes’ when asked if you are interested in childcare support, and an additional questionnaire will be generated that you can complete and submit separately to the bursary application.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

Any award will be based on the number of childcare hours needed up to the value of £2,000.

Learners with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)

Am I Eligible?

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.
2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

Find Out More About 16-18 Bursaries

Welsh Government
Learning Grant

Am I Eligible?

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.

2021 - 2022

What Will I Get?

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