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Welfare and funding information for learners in Further Education

Use the links below to navigate your way around the information for students following a Further Education programme of study:

Tuition Fees
Childcare
Council Tax Exemption
Discretionary Learner Support
16-19 Bursary Fund
Studying Away From Home
Money Management
Tax Refunds
Welfare/Benefits
Additional Financial Support

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Tuition Fees

Home or overseas rates for fees?
If you are a Home student, see below for details on tuition fees.
If you are an Overseas student, please see the International section.
If you are unsure whether you will have to pay Overseas rates, ask an Advisor when you apply for the course, or contact the InfoZone beforehand.

Under 19?
If you are under 19 on the 31 August before your course starts, you will not have to pay tuition fees for most courses.

19 or over?
If you are aged 19 or over, you will be responsible for paying the tuition fees for your course unless you fall into one of the categories below. If you do have to pay your fees and they are more than £100, you may be able to pay in four instalments.

You may not have to pay tuition fees if you are unemployed, in receipt of a state benefit and starting a course which will give you skills training for work or remove a barrier to work. If you are applying for fee remission on this basis, you will be required to provide photocopies of benefits award notices as evidence.

If you are aged 19 or over, will be under 24 on the first day of the course and are not already qualified at Level 2 or higher (e.g. five GCSEs A*- C or an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent/higher) then you may be entitled to study for a full Level 2 course without having to pay tuition fees. If you need to study an Entry Level or Level 1 course first, you may also be entitled to free tuition for your initial course.

If you are aged 19 or over, will be under 25 on the first day of the course and are not already qualified at Level 3 or higher (two A-Levels, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent/higher) then you may be entitled to study for a full Level 3 course without having to pay tuition fees.

Fee remission is not available for all courses. Please contact the InfoZone to discuss your entitlement.

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Childcare

Under 20?
Care To Learn is a free childcare scheme available to students who are aged 16 or over but under 20 when starting a full-time or part-time Further Education course and who are caring for their own child(ren). It is not income assessed and you may be entitled to up to £160 per child per week to cover childcare costs for class time, study time and travel time.

For more information, visit the Care to Learn website. Application forms are available from the InfoZone and will need to be completed by your childcare provider and the Welfare & Funding Advisor at the College.

20 or Over?
York College offers financial support to students aged 20 or over towards childcare costs through the Discretionary Learner Support funds. However as funds are limited in comparison to demand we cannot guarantee support. You may be eligible for support towards your childcare fees while you study, if your household income is under £16,190 or you receive income-based benefits. Application forms are available from the InfoZone.


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Council Tax Exemption

Full-time students are usually exempt from Council Tax. If you are not sure whether your course is classed as full or part-time, please contact the InfoZone.

If you live in York, you need to register for Council Tax exemption online.

If you live elsewhere, you can request a Council Tax exemption certificate from the InfoZone.

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Discretionary Learner Support

Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) offers financial support to students who are over 19 years of age and are in full or part-time Further Education at York College and encountering financial barriers to learning.

You may be able to get help with:
essential uniforms and equipment*
essential books
essential course trips
travel to and College if you live more than three miles from College
travel to and from university interviews
travel to and from your childcare provider

Application forms are available from the InfoZone. Funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed.

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16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund offers financial support to students aged 16, 17 or 18 who are studying full or part-time Further Education courses at York College and who are encountering financial barriers to learning. The Bursary is made up of two parts:

Guaranteed Bursary
The guaranteed bursary is available to students who are in care, are care leavers, are in receipt of income support or are in receipt of employment and support allowance and disability living allowance. The guaranteed bursary has a value of £1,200 for students on a full-time, full year course and can include funding for equipment costs and a contribution towards lunch expenses.

Discretionary Bursary
If you do not qualify for the guaranteed bursary, but your household income is under £20,817, you can apply for help towards your course-related costs such as essential equipment, essential course trips and travel if you do not qualify for help from your Local Authority.

Application forms for the 16-19 Bursary Fund are available from the InfoZone. Funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed.

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Studying Away From Home

If you live beyond reasonable daily travelling distance from York College and wish to move to York in order to study here, you may be eligible for financial support.

You must be aged at least 16, be studying full-time for your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and the course you wish to study must not be available within reasonable daily travel of your normal home address. The amount of support available depends on your financial circumstances. Please follow this link for more information.

If you think that you might be eligible for this support, please make an appointment with the Welfare and Funding Advisor as you must apply through the College. We advise students to apply early for this funding to ensure it is in place before the start of the course.

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Money Management

Are you are finding it difficult to manage your budget?
Do you find yourself worrying about outstanding debt or potential debt?
Would you like to keep better track of your financial comings and goings?

If so, York Citizens Advice Bureau offers free Money Management sessions to help you find financial security. For more information please contact:

Money Management Training Officer
York & District CAB
3 Blossom Street
York YO24 1AU

Tel: 01904 623648
Fax: 01904 620571

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Tax Refunds

Are you due a tax refund? Are you paying too much tax?

Find out that, and everything else you need to know about students and tax here.

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Welfare/Benefits

Most full-time students cannot claim benefits. Students who are lone parents or are in receipt of disability benefits may be entitled to receive certain benefits as a full-time student. Please contact the Advisor in Welfare and Funding if you require further information or would like to discuss your entitlement.

Alternatively, you may find the following websites helpful:

www.hmrc.gov.uk/home.htm HM Revenue and Customs website. Income tax, tax credits, national insurance, child benefit.

www.entitledto.co.uk Free calculators to help you work out your entitlement to benefits and tax credits.

Money Tax & Benefits Site All the information you need about money, tax and benefits.

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Additional Financial Support

Professional and Career Development Loans
More information about Professional and Career Development Loans can be found by following this link.

Charitable Funding

If you are facing financial hardship, you may be able to apply to a charitable trust for help. There are many charitable trusts with different criteria. Support may be limited to students studying certain subjects, living in certain areas, or of a specific age group.

You may be eligible for a bursary (which you wouldn’t have to pay back), a loan (which you would have to pay back), or the charitable trust may choose to purchase goods on your behalf.

If you feel that you need extra financial support, and are not sure where to start, make an appointment with the Welfare and Funding Advisor. Alternatively, visit turn2us.org.uk for information about applying to charities.


 
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