Financial support is available for our learners please contact Student Services for advice on the following:
Additional support for students whose learning has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic (16-19 tuition fund)
The college has received additional funding for one year from the government to support students whose learning has been disrupted by the Coronavirus situation.
The college is using this funding to provide additional support for students who are studying English and/or maths, who have a special education need and / or disability (SEND) and who have been identified as potentially benefiting from additional support. These students may receive support with their vocational qualifications as well as in their English and maths studies.
This support will be provided by suitably trained and experienced teachers and support staff working with small groups, typically comprising of 3 to 5 students or with students individually.
Bursary funding provides financial support to help learners overcome barriers that may stop them being able to participate in education.
A yearly bursary of up to £1,200 is available to students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2019. To apply you will need to provide evidence from the defined vulnerable groups – see 16+ Bursary form for more information.
Students with a low household income may be eligible for help towards:
Bursary help available:
Learners with a low individual income may be eligible for help towards:
For further information and enquiries please call 01983 550833.
In addition to other bursary help eligible students aged 16-18 and some students aged 19-24 (19+ Continuer or EHCP students only) may be able to receive Free College Meals (FCM) depending on the benefits received by the household:
Your evidence for Free College Meals can also be used as bursary evidence.
You may be eligible through one of the IW College Bursaries for support towards the costs of travelling to and from college either through a free bus pass or a travel allowance paid in arrears.
Travel is awarded to bursary learners living at least 3 miles from their College site or work placement. If you would like a free bursary bus pass then you will need to complete a bus pass form and hand this in with your bursary. The contribution towards petrol money is paid at the end of each Term based on attendance.
Students with EHCPs should apply to the Isle of Wight Council for travel help. Please contact the SEN Team on 01983 823470 or see Mike Joy at the College. If you already have support for your travel through an EHCP, the IW Council, or through another source we cannot also support your travel.
Support through the bursary is not available to students on an apprenticeship. However, apprentices can apply for up to 80% off a Southern Vectis multi-bundle by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not qualify for a bursary, or help from the IW Council, there are other forms of transport help available:
If you are aged 16 years old, Southern Vectis will allow a 50% discount on bus fares. You must provide photo ID to confirm your age before any discounts can be applied.
If you are a student aged 17 or older Southern Vectis will allow a 25% discount on fares for students with an NUS Extra or TOTUM card.
TOTUM, the new name for the NUS (National Union of Students) extra card, brings you student discounts to save you money. Go to www.totum.com to see all 200+ UK discounts and if you wish to purchase a TOTUM card.
The College Student ID Cards can be used to gain discounts from a range of local shops and services.
The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support. Please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for more information.
Students aged between 16 to 19 years of age can access childcare support through the government funded Care to Learn scheme. Further details on Care to Learn funding and how to apply can be found at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/how-to-claim.
Students aged 20+ can apply for childcare support through the College Bursaries – please ask for a 20+ Childcare application form and hand in as soon as possible with your bursary to secure funding.
If you are taking a full-time course (540 hours or over per year), you will be charged a Central Material fee of £35 at the start of your course year.
Other than that, you will only need to purchase equipment for your course that you can take away with you at the end and depending on your circumstances there may be some financial help for this element of the material charge.
Please refer to our Tuition Fees page for further information.
Visit www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk for free, unbiased, independent advice on loans for adults in further education and training.
If you think your finances will prevent you from starting a course please phone Student Services on 01983 550833 or email email@example.com.