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School leavers

The Learner Support Fund (LSF) is available as a way of giving support to learners in low income households.

The most common categories are:

  • A low-income household where the annual income is below £23,000 for 16 to 18 year olds
  • A low-income household where the annual income is below £25,000 for 19+
  • A household in receipt of benefits such as JSAs, Universal Credit and ESA

Any student aged 16-23 studying on a course up to and including Level 3 can apply to the LSF. As part of the application process you need to apply online and upload your household evidence.

Apply to the LSF

Download LSF information leaflet

Students aged 24 and over can still get LSF if their course is a level 2 or below.

The LSF can support with things like:

  • Childcare costs
  • Travel costs
  • Equipment
  • Trips
  • Course fees

Staff will also be able to check whether our 16-18 students are eligible for free meals.

Some 16-18 years olds who receive certain benefits themselves or are in care may be eligible for a weekly bursary payment straight into their bank accounts if they maintain 80% attendance.

All students aged 19 at the start of their programme who wish to study Level 3 or 4 should either pay their course fees or take out an Advanced Learning Loan.

There may be exceptions made for students aged 19-23 who are taking their first full Level 3 qualification and could be supported by LSF.

This bursary is available to students who have been approved for the Advanced Learning Loan.

The bursary fund provides a contribution towards travel, equipment and childcare costs.

All funding is subject to eligibility and availability.

Visit LSF portal