Financial support is available for our learners please contact Student Services for advice on the following:

  • Bursaries (support with essential course costs)
  • Travel
  • Free College Meals
  • Childcare Funding

Bursary funding provides financial support to help learners overcome barriers that may stop them being able to participate in education.

At the Isle of Wight College we offer 2 College Bursaries:

Age 16+ Bursary

Vulnerable Bursary

A yearly bursary of up to £1,200 is available to students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018. To apply you will need to provide evidence from the defined vulnerable groups – see 16+ Bursary form for more information.

Discretionary Bursary – Group 1

Students with a household income of less than £25,000 may be eligible for help towards:

  • Travel
  • Age 20+ Childcare – please also complete a 20+ Childcare form
  • Young Carers payment
  • Kit, uniform, stationery and books
  • Central Administration and Material fees
  • Membership fees
  • Replacement student cards and printing credit
  • Help towards the cost of applying to University
  • Trips
  • Other education related costs on a case by case basis.

Discretionary Bursary – Group 2

Students with a household income of between £25,000 and £35,000 may be eligible for help towards:

  • Travel
  • Age 20+ Childcare – please also complete a 20+ Childcare form
  • Young Carers payment

Download 16+ Bursary Application Form

Advanced Learner Loans Bursary

Bursary help available:

Learners with an individual income of less than £20,000 may be eligible for help towards:

  • Travel
  • Age 20+ Childcare – please also complete a 20+ Childcare form
  • Additional Learning Support
  • Kit, uniform, stationery and books – predetermined list applies
  • Material fees
  • Membership fees – you may need to provide receipts
  • Replacement student cards and printing credit
  • Help towards the cost of applying to University
  • Trips – based on individual circumstances

Download Advanced Learner Bursary Application Form

For further information and enquiries please call 01983 550833.

In addition to other bursary help eligible students aged 16-18 and some students aged 19-24 (19+ Continuer or EHCP students only) may be able to receive Free College Meals (FCM) depending on the benefits received by the household:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (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 the equivalent of £7,400 pa

Your evidence for Free College Meals can also be used as bursary evidence.

You may be eligible through one of the IW College Bursaries for support towards the costs of travelling to and from college either through a free bus pass or a travel allowance paid in arrears.

Travel is awarded to bursary learners living at least 3 miles from College or their work placement. If you would like a free bursary bus pass then you will need to complete a  bus pass form and hand this in with your bursary.

Students with EHCPs should apply to the IW Council for travel help. Please contact the SEN Team on 01983 823470 or see Mike Joy at the College.

Support through the bursary is not available to students on an apprenticeship. If you already have support for your travel through an EHCP, the Isle of Wight Council, or through another source we cannot also support your travel.

If you do not qualify for a bursary, or help from the IW Council, there are other forms of transport help available:

If you are aged 16 years old, Southern Vectis will allow a 50% discount on bus fares. You must provide photo ID to confirm your age before any discounts can be applied.

If you are a student aged 17 or older Southern Vectis will allow a 25% discount on fares ONLY with an NUS, NUS Extra or NUS Extra Apprentice card.

Download Bus Pass Bursary Application Form

NUS (National Union of Students) Extra is a premium discount and membership card which is exclusively available to students through NUS and is packed with offers and vouchers to save you money.

If you wish to purchase the NUS Extra Card please go to www.nusextra.co.uk.

The College Student ID Cards can be used to gain discounts from a range of local shops and services.

The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support. Please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for more information.

Students aged between 16 to 19 years of age can access childcare support through the government funded Care to Learn scheme. Further details on Care to Learn funding and how to apply can be found at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/how-to-claim.

Students aged 20+ can apply for childcare support through the College Bursaries – please ask for a 20+ Childcare application form and hand in as soon as possible with your bursary to secure funding.

Download 20+ Childcare Bursary Application Form

Starting college in 2018/19 then you will need to know about the below

In order to access funding from the Government, you must have been resident in the UK, EU or European Economic Area for the last 3 years.  If this is not the case, you may still be able to access funding but would need to discuss your circumstances with the college.

If you are taking a full-time course (540 hours or over per year), you will be charged a Central Material fee of £35 at the start of your course.  Other than that, you will only need to purchase equipment for your course that you can take away with you at the end and depending on your circumstances there may be some financial help for this element of the material charge.

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August 2018 then the government will pay for your tuition fee for you.

If you are aged 19 or over you might have to pay the tuition fee for your course but there are numerous circumstances where the government will pay this fee for you, please read on as this may help you make your decision about your studies.

If you are enrolling on a maths or English GCSE or functional skill and do not have a grade A* to C (or Grade 9 to 4) GCSE in the subject then your tuition fee will be paid for you.

If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course and in receipt of JSA (income-based or credits), ESA (work-related activity group) and need skills and training to enter employment, then your tuition fee may be funded up to level 2 (Intermediate Study Programmes).

If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course and are claiming other state benefit, and earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and want to be employed or progress in to more sustainable employment, then your tuition fee may be funded up to level 2 (Intermediate Study Programmes).  In this case, the college must agree that learning will directly improve your employment prospects.

If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course and are in receipt of a low wage (less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary) and cannot contribute towards the cost of fees. You will need to provide evidence such as recent wage slips (within 3 months of your start date) or a current employment contract which states gross monthly/annual wages. Not applicable to Level 3 or above courses.

If you have an Education Health Care Plan (EHC Plan) and are under 25 when you start your course then your tuition fee will be waived.  An Education Health Care Plan supports learners with complex learning and support needs.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years Entry and Level 1 (‘Access to’ and Foundation Study Programmes) are funded for learners who do not already hold a full Level 2 (equivalent or higher) and are seeking to progress to a level 2 course in the future. In this case, the college must agree that learning will assist the local economy

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old and do not already have a full level 2 (equivalent or higher) qualification then you may not have to pay for your tuition fees, this is called Legal entitlement to Level 2

If you are between 19 and 23 years old and do not already have full Level 3 (equivalent or higher) qualification then you may not have to pay for your tuition fees, this is calledLegal entitlement to Level 3

Advanced Learning Loan

Learners aged 19 and over and starting a further education course at level 3 (Advanced, Advanced Craft or Advanced Technical Study Programmes) or above may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help to pay the tuition fees charged.  These are government loans, you can find out further information on the gov.uk website.

If you turn 19 before the 31st August 2018 and are under 24 and are planning to study your first full level 3 or 4 course (Advanced, Advanced Craft or Advanced Technical Study Programmes) then legal entitlement to Level 3, as detailed on this information sheet, may apply. HOWEVER if you already have a level 3 or 4 and are wanting to re skill and re train then you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.

University & Higher Education Finance

If you are interested in studying a full-time or part-time university course at The Isle of Wight College, you may be entitled to support towards your tuition fees from Student Finance England, for further information please visit www.studentfinanceengland.co.uk.

If you need any help or support our Careers Adviser, Catherine Jackson, will be happy to talk to you. Catherine can be contacted by telephoning (01983) 535211, by catherine.jackson@iwcollege.ac.uk or you can book an appointment via Reception.

Visit www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk for free, unbiased, independent advice on loans for adults in further education and training.

If you think your finances will prevent you from starting a course please phone Student Services on 01983 550833 or email studentservices@iwcollege.ac.uk.


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