Financial and Welfare Support for 19+ Students
If you are in receipt of an Adult Learner Loan and have an individual gross income of £25,000 or below or if you have a gross annual income of £26,000 or below, you could be eligible for support with meals and travel at Leeds City College. Awards may also be made to students in the following circumstances:
- Students with a gross annual income of £16,009.50, based on the Social Mobility Commission’s low pay threshold of £8.07 per hour in 2016 and on the assumption of a 37.5hr contract (with paid statutory holiday entitlement) or less per year if they are a single person living independently.
- Students with an annual gross income of £7,400 or less per year if single, not living independently but within a household such as with parents, carers, relatives or friends.
Help with Travel
- Students will be assessed on their travel eligibility using the shortest walking distance on Google maps.
- We are able to provide First (through mTicket codes or paper passes), Arriva, Transdev, and in exceptional cases, Metro.
- Students who live at least 1.5 miles from their campus of study will be provided with the most appropriate travel pass (First, Arriva, Transdev).
- Should attendance be limited due to COVID-19, we will look to provide daily passes where possible (if students are required to attend for a short-term period)
Help with Meals
- Students receiving LSF support for meals are entitled to a daily spend of £2.75 using the cashless meal system.
- Students are eligible for meal support on every day that they are required to attend College.
- Students will not be able to use their meal cards to purchase confectionery and drinks, and the support is in place for students to purchase meals with nutritional value. Drinking water will be made available.
- Supermarket vouchers will be provided to students on work placement, including internships, to the value of £2.50 per day.
Help with Childcare
Further Education students who are 20 years of age or over, and meet the income eligibility for their course, can apply for assistance with childcare fees during their timetabled hours of study. A contribution of up to £7,000 to cover childcare costs may be made per student over the course of the academic year.
To apply for childcare support, complete the following steps:
- Download the 2020/21 childcare application form here.
- Arrange for the childcare quote form to be completed by your childcare provider. The childcare quote form must be submitted with the childcare application form.
- Ensure that the childcare provider you are going to be using is registered with Leeds City College.
- Please take your completed childcare application form, birth certificate or Child Tax Credit award notice with your income evidence to your curriculum admin team for checking.
- If you can provide a completed childcare quote form at this stage then please do so, however, if you are unable to do so, you will be asked to submit your childcare quote form once your application has been assessed and your childcare has been provisionally approved.
- The checklist on the front of the childcare application form must be signed off confirming that your application is complete before it can be submitted.
Please note, funding will not be agreed upon until you have returned the signed childcare agreement. The childcare agreement must be signed by both the student and the childcare provider.
The maximum contribution towards childcare per student per academic year is up to £7,000. The daily cap is now £55 and the cap on a morning or afternoon session is £30.
Childcare Application Forms
Help with Kit and Equipment
The college may be able to help you with equipment you need to complete your course, this can include the loan of a digital device and help with connectivity. The college can also help with costs towards specialist course equipment and UCAS fees.
The college has a small Welfare Team. They support students to overcome barriers that are impacting attendance, progression and achievement. These could be issues such as money worries, housing problems, loss of income and access to benefits.
Advice is offered directly to students, or support is given to curriculum staff to help students with their issues. We also refer to external organisations for on-going support.
The team has a childcare adviser who provides targeted support to young parents, ensuring a smooth transition into college by helping find childcare places and manage relationships with childcare providers.
Advice and support are given on a range of social, economic and wellbeing issues to remove barriers to education and enrich the young parent’s experience of college.
How to Apply
Please see your curriculum admin team with evidence of your household income to enable an assessment to be carried out so you can receive the support you are entitled to.
POLICIES AND USEFUL RESOURCES
Benefits information: gov.uk.
Eligibility for Advanced Learner Loans: gov.uk.
Student Finance England for Advanced Learner Loan applications: slc.co.uk.
Information on fees and funding is correct at the time of publication, however may be subject to change due to college and government policy decisions.
Students have the right to appeal a decision. This must be in writing to the Student Funds Manager within 21 days of receiving confirmation of an award or a rejection. The letter should set out the reasons for the appeal plus any further evidence to support the appeal. The decision of the Student Funds Manager will be given in writing within 14 days.