The Government has allocated the College a limited level of funding to distribute to students of all ages who face the greatest financial barriers to continuing education.
Discretionary Learner Support
Students aged 16+ can apply for funding to support the additional costs involved in their course. These may include:
- Travel to College
- Meals on Campus
- Course Fees (19+ Learners)
- Course Equipment & Books
- Course Trips
- University Visits and Interviews
This is a discretionary fund allocated to low income households, earning under £25,521 a year or receiving qualifying benefits, on a first come first served basis subject to priorities set by the college.
16-19 Vulnerable Bursary
A Bursary of up to £1200 for the academic year may be awarded to students who are
- In Care or a Care Leaver
- Living independently on Universal Credits or Income Support
- Disabled and receiving Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Allowance or Personal Independent Payments
Free College Meals
East Coast College will provide a free meal to eligible students, on the days they attend their college course or placement for three hours or more.
You may be entitled if you are:
- 16-18 when you start an eligible course
- 19 continuing on an eligible course
- 19-25 with an EHCP
and in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit Run on (paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding £7,400 per year
Meals may also be awarded, at the College’s discretion, to students who have applied for discretionary support and meet the income threshold criteria.
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 or over, enrolling on an eligible Level 3 – 6 course, you will be able to access an Advanced Learner Loan to fund your course fee.
To qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan you must:
- be aged 19 or over at the start of your course
- meet residency requirements
- be studying an eligible course at an approved college or training provider
- have a learning and funding information letter from the college (which will be sent before enrolment)
Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks. So if you meet the criteria you will be able to apply for a loan whether you are employed or unemployed.
You can start to pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn above the threshold set by the government. In 2019/20 the threshold stands at an annual income of £25,725; this is subject to review. Voluntary payments can be made at any time if you want to pay off your loan more quickly.
You will only be able to apply for a loan to meet the upfront cost of your qualification (i.e. the course fee), which will be paid directly to the College.
If your loan is to cover the fees for an Access to Higher Education course and you progress to complete a university-level (higher education) course, you will not have to pay back your Advanced Learner Loan.
Anyone who has been accepted for an Advanced Learner Loan can also apply for discretionary support with other costs such as travel and childcare. This is means tested and applied for through the College Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
The Student Finance Team are available for further guidance about applying for a loan and other support on 01493 418312 (Great Yarmouth Campus) or 01502 525124 (Lowestoft Campus).
Care to Learn Funding
Please contact the Student Finance Team for further help and advice on:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Yarmouth – 01493 418312
Lowestoft – 01502 525124