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MMS - Applying for Financial Support

Applying for
Financial Support

Applications/interest for financial support for the academic year 2021/22 can be submitted from June 2021 until the end of May 2022, (Bursaries, 20+ Childcare, Free College Meals and Tuition Fee Waivers).

About the Application Process

We highly recommend submitting Bursary applications before 18th August as funding is limited and may be depleted before your course starts.

  • Applications will be processed in order of submission.
  • If the supporting evidence is not uploaded, then your application will not be considered complete and will not be looked at.
  • We will start sending out award/decline decisions from August 2021.
  • There are 3 decision statuses. These are ‘Award’, ‘Green Decline’ and ‘Red Decline’, (see Q&A below for more details).
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your bank details are correct and updated/amended if required.
  • Any debt to the College remains yours until the relevant financial support application has been awarded.

To Apply for Financial Support

  • To submit a financial support application, you will first need to register with PayMyStudent. PayMyStudent is a secure system that is compliant with GDPR.
  • Once you have completed your registration, log into PayMyStudent and complete the financial support questionnaire. Whilst completing the questionnaire you will be given the opportunity to apply for funding offers that are relevant. For example: Free College Meals (16-18 and 19+ EHCP), Childcare Support (20+) and Fee Waivers/Legal Entitlements to support with tuition fees (19+).
  • If you tick to say you are interested in Childcare Support or a Fee Waiver/Legal Entitlement, then a further questionnaire(s) will be generated for you to complete. You will find the questionnaire(s) on the front page when you log into your PayMyStudent account.
  • Award/Decline notification letters will be sent via email to the email address provided as the main address on the learner’s course enrolment form.

Q. I had a Bursary in the last academic year, do I need to apply again?

Yes you do. You need to submit a new application every academic year.

Q. What shall I do if I can’t activate my registration?

If you have problems activating your registration then email [email protected] and we will manually activate it for you and email you to let you know when this has been completed.

Q. Can I come back to my application if I can’t complete it all straight away?

Yes you can. You can log into your PayMyStudent account and carrying on with your application as many times as you like. When you are ready submit your application and we will see that is ready to be processed.

Q. What if I don’t have all the evidence available – at time of completion?

Log out of your application and when you are ready to add the supporting evidence, log back into your PayMyStudent account, upload the evidence and submit your application.

Q. What is the process for applying for Free College Meals (FCM)

If you are 16-18, or 19-25 and in receipt of an EHCP, you can apply via the Bursary application by clicking yes to the question that asks if you would like to apply for FCM.

Q. What is the process for applying for childcare support?

  • Ensure you have completed and submitted a financial support application through PayMyStudent, answering yes to the question that asks if you are interested in support with childcare costs.
  • At the end of the financial bursary questionnaire you will see an additional childcare questionnaire. Complete this form and upload the requested supporting evidence.
  • When your bursary has been awarded we will contact your childcare provider to request additional information.
  • Once all above has been received we will process your application and email you with the award decision.

Q. What is the process for applying for support with course fees?

  • If you have not already done so register with PayMyStudent.
  • Click the checkbox to apply for a Legal Entitlement/Fee Waiver. This will take you to the application questionnaire.
  • Complete the application form and submit the requested evidence.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will not be available until we have received the guidance for 2021/22. Currently we have been advised that we should receive it at some point in July.

Q. When will I hear about the outcome of my application?

We will start to send out decisions in August when the final version of the funding guidance has been received. Any applications received after this date we will aim to respond to within 4 weeks, although we cannot guarantee meeting this timeline during our busy times. However, if you log into your PayMyStudent’ account you will be able to see the current status of your financial support application(s).

Q. How do I find out how my application is progressing?

Once we have assessed your application we will email you an Award, Green Decline or Red Decline letter, (see below). These letters will explain if we require any further actions from you. You will also be able to see the current status of your financial support application(s) by logging into your PayMyStudent account.

Q. What is a ‘Green Decline’?

If the supporting evidence provided with your application has not been submitted as requested, then we will email you a ‘Green Decline’ letter. The letter will explain what you need to do for your application to be reinstated.

Q. What is a 'Red Decline'?

If your application does not meet the eligibility requirements, then your application will be declined. If you wish to appeal the decision then you can do so by emailing [email protected] noting the reason for your appeal. (The Appeals process can be found on main MMS page

Q. Can I appeal a Bursary decision?

Yes you can appeal by emailing [email protected] noting the reason for your appeal. The full Appeals Procedure can be found on the main MMS page.