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Financial Support for Students

Bursary Scheme of £1,000 over two years

At Carmel College we have a Bursary Scheme for full time students of all ages.

Bursary General
General Bursary is available for full time students of all ages who meet the following criteria:

You or your parents are in receipt of:
- Income support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment 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 income of no more than £16,690, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit during the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

This will cover your transport costs for the year and still provide a little extra towards other general college resources.

Bursary Targeted
The Targeted Bursary is a fund of £1,200 per year for students who are in care, a care leaver, in receipt of income support or disabled and in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. You can apply for this bursary using the same application form as the General Bursary.

Free Meals Allocation

From September 2014, you will be able to apply for financial support towards the cost of a college lunch each day. This is aimed at those students in financial hardship who are aged over 16 is being extended to students following FE courses. 

Students must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2014 to be eligible for a free meal in the 2014 to 2015 academic year. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner.

To be entitled to this, ‘disadvantaged’ is defined by the EFA as students being in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the benefits mentioned above.

Other help
• Extra financial support available in extenuating circumstances
• Help with childcare payments

Sarah Cowley Educational Trust
• For young people aged 16-24 who are resident in the Borough of St Helens
• For help with buying items such as tools, instruments, books, travel and clothing
• Applications are encouraged from young people who have experienced significant financial hardship
• Applications must be submitted by the end of September
• For more info on the St Helens Council website click here
• To download the application form click here

How to apply

Click on the links below to find out more and download the bursary scheme application form.

For more detailed information about the 16-19 Bursary Fund
click here

Sarah Cowley Educational Trust
• For young people aged 16-24 who are resident in the Borough of St Helens

For the Bursary Scheme Application Form click here

Other useful links: