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
- 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 on line and upload your household evidence.
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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
- Course fees
Staff will also be able to check whether our 16-18 students are eligible for free meals.
Some 16-17 years olds who receive certain benefits themselves or are in care may be eligible for bursary payments of £30 per week 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.
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