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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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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).

Read Before Applying

  • You will need an SGS student number to register with PayMyStudent, (PMS), and apply for financial support. You will find this number on correspondence from the College.
  • Any debt to the College remains yours until the relevant financial support has been formally awarded.
  • Decisions will be sent via email from August onwards to the email address provided as the main address on the learner’s course enrolment form. Emails will be sent from a NoReply email address ‘FEBursary’ and can also be seen on the home page of your PMS account.
  • Applications will not be assessed until all questions on the questionnaire have been answered and the requested supporting evidence has been uploaded. Check that any additional questionnaires generated by your answers are also completed. You will find these on the home page of your PMS account.
  • Applications will be processed in order of final completed submission. If a Green Decline is sent then your application will join the processing queue as a new application.
  • 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 and email address are correct and updated/amended if required. To change your email address please contact Reception.

Submit a Financial Support Application

Once you have completed the main application questionnaire, check the home page of your PayMyStudent account to see if your questions have generated any additional questionnaires that need to be completed.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you can’t find the answer to your question below email it to [email protected].

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.

Covid Update