Financial Support

There are a range of financial support options available to students at Southport College.

16 - 19 Bursary Fund

19+ Discretionary Fund

Advanced Learner Loan

Travel Pass

Financial Support

At Southport College we have a range of financial support packages designed to help meet a range of cost associated with studying. For more information see the links to the left of this page or call into the Student Information Centre where one of our trained advisers will be able to guide you.

16-19 Bursary Fund

This is a new fund of £1200 intended to assist those students who face the greatest barriers to being in education, e.g. young people in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of Income Support.

Help With Kits And Uniform.

If you do not qualify for the bursary fund we may still be able to help you with the cost of kits, uniform and other course costs.

For either of these funds please contact the Student Information Centre.

19+ Funds

If you are over 19 years old you can apply for help with kits, uniform, exam fees and other course related costs. We will need to consider your income but you can apply whether you are studying either full-time or part-time.

Travel Passes

The College offers students* who live over 1.0 miles away from College and study a full-time Further Education course have the opportunity to apply for a free travel pass. The passes can be used on either Stagecoach, Arriva or Merseyrail networks.

*Students aged 16-18 who live more than 3 miles away from the College are be eligible for travel passes (or funds where necessary). Students who live 1.0 to 2.9 miles away from the College and are aged 16-18 are means tested before passes are issued. Students aged 19 and over will be means-tested to assess for eligibility before passes are issued. Other terms and conditions apply. Additional information is available on the application form or through contacting the Student Guidance Centre

Free Meals

Students aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2019 may be eligible to receive a free lunch while studying at Southport College.
Students in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits are eligible for free lunches:

  • 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
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit- net earnings £7,400 or less per annum

Care to Learn

Learners under 20 years old can apply through Care to Learn to help support the cost of childcare.

You can get Care to Learn if:

  • you’re a parent under 20 at the start of your course
  • you’re the main carer for your child
  • you live in England 
  • you’re either a British citizen or a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country 
  • your course qualifies 
  • your childcare provider qualifies

Care to Learn can help with the cost of:

  • your childcare, including deposit and registration fees
  • a childcare taster session for up to 5 days
  • keeping your childcare place over the summer holidays 
  • taking your child to their childcare provider

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