W.A.C.C has a number of ways of providing you with financial support to assist with the costs of attending your course.

There are two main types of bursary, those that you have an entitlement to, and those that are discretionary and subject to the funds W.A.C.C have available.

To be eligible to apply for any of the following bursaries you have to:

  • Be a UK Citizen or an EEA Citizen
  • Have the right to abode in the UK
  • Have been a resident in the UK for at least 3 years at the start of your course
  • Not have a study prohibition or restriction on your visa or residence permit, nor a ‘no recourse to public funds’ included in your passport stamp

If you are an asylum seeker, you must have been in the UK for 6 months or longer and no decision has yet been made by the Home Office.

Funding will always be subject to continued attendance and commitment to the course. This means that even if approved, support for travel, childcare and examination fees will be withdrawn for sessions that you fail to attend.

For discretionary funds, upon successful application you may receive the full cost applied for, or a contribution towards the cost. This will be dependent upon the level of funds available and number of applications received.

Each of the available bursary funds have additional criteria for eligibility. For these, please see below.

This is for support towards the cost of travel, examination and membership fees.

It is available for learners with genuine financial hardship. This means those who are unemployed and in receipt of benefits and/or with a household income below £13,000 per year.

You have to be:

  • 19 or over on 31st of August 2016
  • Not in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan
  • Not on an Apprenticeship

Support with tuition fees will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

This is for support towards the cost of childcare whilst you are in lessons or on work experience that is an essential component of the programme of study. Reasonable travel time will also be considered.

The requirements are:

  • You have to be 20 or over at the start of your course (19 and under childcare support is available through the Care to Learn Programme)
  • You  are not in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan
  • You are not on an Apprenticeship
  • The Childcare provider must be registered with Ofsted (Click here to view our 2017-18 directory of W.A.C.C approved Childcare Providers)
  • We will only fund the additional cost after deduction for the hours of free childcare provided by the government
  • Funding will only be given where support through other means such as JCP or Work Programme is not available
  • You can only apply for support up to a maximum of £1000 in any academic year

This is for support towards the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be aged between 16 and 18 on 31st August 2016
  • Not be on an Apprenticeship
  • Be on a course funded by the EFA (e.g. Traineeship or Study Programme)
  • Not be in receipt of support from other bursary funds
  • Have a household income below £13,000 per year

You can receive a bursary of up to £1,200 per year (dependent upon the length of your course) if you are:

  • Aged between 16 and 18 on 31st of August 2016
  • Not on an Apprenticeship
  • On a course funded by the EFA (e.g. Traineeship or Study Programme)
  • Not in receipt of support from other bursary funds

And also fall into one of the following groups:

  • In Care, or a Care Leaver
  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in your own name
  • In receipt of ESA and DLA/PIP in your own name

Bursary payments will be partly in money and partly in kind e.g. Travel pass and meal vouchers.

The amount of your bursary may be reduced by any funding you receive from elsewhere, such as travel provided by your care provider.

You can receive a free meal for every day you attend college or work placement if you are:

  • Aged between 16 and 18 on 31st of August 2016 (or under 24 with a LDA or EHC plan)
  • Not on an Apprenticeship

And you or your parents are in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based JSA (Not contribution based)
  • Income related ESA (Not contribution based)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee Element of the State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (Provided they are not entitled to working tax credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

A free meal will consist of one of either a Main Meal, or Sandwich, Crisps, and a piece of fruit. Chocolate, desserts and canned/bottled drinks do not form part of the free meal.

This is a specific bursary for young people who live in Walsall and are:

  • 16 – 24 and Unemployed
  • Studying a Traineeship or Study Programme for a minimum of 24 hours per week

The support works as follows:

  • If you would lose your benefits by taking up the course, you will receive a bursary of the equivalent amount.
  • If you are not currently claiming benefits prior to the course, or you don’t lose your benefits by taking up the course, you will receive a monthly allowance of £20

In both cases, you will also receive a Monthly Bus Pass.

It is your responsibility to inform the Department for Work and Pensions about any financial support you receive as the payment may affect your eligibility for some benefits.

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