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The Money
Management
Service Team

All the information provided below acts only as a guide for students studying a Further Education (FE) course at SGS College in the academic year 2020/2021. As schemes and guidelines can change throughout the year, you may need to discuss your options directly with the Money Management Service Team to gain the full, correct information you may require. Please be advised that any information you provide us with will be kept confidential in line with GDPR rules and regulations.

What We Do

The Money Management Service (MMS) is here to provide you with information, advice and guidance on the financial support that is available while you study a further education course with SGS College.

Our information, advice and guidance has supported over 2000 students each academic year. The team can also work with you one to one to help you take practical steps towards taking control of your money, including setting up realistic budgeting goals and maximising income. To help with this further, we run budgeting classes and events throughout the year.

If you are a HE learner there are still plenty of funding options available for you, these are managed by our HE team and if you require further details please click here.

MMS

'The MMS Team helped students financially with over £2 million worth of funding.'

In the academic year 2019/2020, the Money Management Service Team helped students financially with over £2 million worth of funding from a variety of sources, including bursaries, learner loans and local debt charities.

Before You Enrol

Before you enrol, it is important that you are fully aware of the costs involved in studying an FE course at college. You can find information regarding fees within your joining instructions or by speaking to a member of your department, finance or the customer experience team. Please be aware that your bursary will be based on your age as of 31st August in the year that you started/start your course.

Remember that it’s not just course fees that you may need to think about, the day-to-day costs of attending college, such as travel, equipment, food and childcare are also important. You can find out about the financial support schemes that may be available to you in the section entitled ‘Funding and Bursary Options’ section below.

Applications and Guidance

All online applications other than the Childcare Provider application form, which will be available shortly, can be found in the section 'Funding and Bursary Options' below. Go to this section to find out more about each scheme. Due to Covid-19 we are trying to complete as many applications as possible electronically, however if you are unable to access these then please contact the customer experience team (CET) at the site at which you will be attending. They will arrange for a paper bursary application form to be sent to you and for an interview with the MMS team to review your evidence.

CET Site Contacts

  • Filton: 0117 931 2121
  • WISE: 0117 919 2601
  • Stroud: 01453 763 424

If you are having difficulty accessing any online applications, please contact us on 01453 761 185 / 0117 909 2381 or email [email protected].

Applications for 2020/21:

All applications are now available online.

Funding/Bursary Options and Application Forms

Funding Options Calculator

Why not try our MMS FE Funding Options Calculator? Here you can gain an understanding of the different types of financial support that may be available to you while you study. We have a range of schemes and entitlements that can help with things like course fees, material costs, food, travel and access to IT equipment.

Try the Calculator

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find your answer? Get in touch at [email protected].

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.

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.

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.

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].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Residency Support Schemes

Please note that SGS do not currently deal directly with Residency Support Schemes. Information regarding support that may be available to you can be found on the Gov.uk website

Bursary Appeal Information

If you have applied for one of our internal bursary schemes but wish to appeal the decision of that application, you can do so before June 2021. You can appeal via email at [email protected]

You must provide your full student number, contact details and inform us why you wish to appeal.

Advice Agencies and Debt Charities

There are a number of agencies, charities and other types of financial support website that can offer information, advice and guidance on a number of ways to budget and assist with debt. It is always worth checking with the MMS Team to see what internal or external schemes SGS can help with.

MMS Team
Contact Information

Filton

Nicola

MMS Manager

Matt

MMS Team Leader

Lynette

MMS Guidance Officer

 Filton, Filton Ave, Filton, Bristol BS34 7AT
[email protected]
0117 909 2381

Stroud

Olivia

MMS Funding Officer

 Stroud, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AH
[email protected]
01453 761185

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