Learner Support Fund

16-18 Bursary

The 16-18 Bursary is a scheme to help the most vulnerable young people continue in full time education

The Fund is money given to the College by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to help students experiencing financial difficulties with costs such as transport, food or equipment. The majority of applications will be funded but you cannot rely on the bursary to support your studies as we cannot guarantee your application will be successful.

The information below will give you an idea of what to expect if you are eligible to receive funds. Eligibility is based on you meeting the residency requirements and being on a means tested, disability benefit or low income. This is intended as a general guide and may not be what you will actually receive if your application is successful.

There are 2 elements to the scheme. A higher priority group who will receive a guaranteed bursary of £1200 per year and a lower priority group who should receive £800 per year.

The award will be split into equal weekly payments for the duration of your course, excluding holidays.

Who can apply to the 16-18 Learner Support Fund Bursary Scheme?

Barnet and Southgate College students who are attending a full time course of 12 hours or more a week and 10 weeks a year that is funded by the ESFA and

  • are a ‘Home’ student or a ‘European Economic Area’ student or
  • are under 19, have applied for Asylum to the Home Office and have been resident in the UK for 6 months,

OR

  • have been granted Exceptional Leave to Remain or Enter, or Humanitarian Protection, or Discretionary Leave, or Indefinite Leave to Remain or Full Refugee Status by the Home Office

ALSO

Be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31st August 2019, OR

Be aged 19-24 years old at 31st August 2019 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (this applies to discretionary bursaries only), OR

Be aged 19 or over (“19+ continuer”) at 31st August 2019 and continuing on an eligible study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (this applies to discretionary bursaries only). Funding will cease at the end of that specific study programme

Additionally, it is the College’s policy that students must be:

  • A student who is in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves and anyone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or a partner, or a student who receives Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right OR
  • A student who is in Local Authority care, a care leaver or living with Foster Parents, OR
    • A student who is a Recognised Dependant of someone who receives a Means Tested Benefit. These are; Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit based on a household gross income of £18,000 or less per year, OR
  • A student who is a Recognised Dependant of someone who has a household gross income of £18,000 or less per year, OR
  • A student who is in receipt of either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment AND either Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit OR
  • A student who is under 19 and is an Asylum Seeker and is financially dependent on Benefits/Social Services/Vouchers

Students aged 16-18, please note the following:

  • Students aged 16-18 who still live at home and whose parent(s) or carer(s) receives Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit for them will be regarded as a Recognised Dependant by the Fund.

The only way to ensure you get paid every week is to attend every lesson and meet the standards of behaviour and effort agreed in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) at the start of your course.

Application forms:

LSF Application Form

Getting Started – Application

In order to receive the 16-18 Bursary whilst studying at Barnet and Southgate College you need to:

  • Complete a Learner Support Fund application form.
  • Take your completed application, supporting documents and bank statement to the Admissions Advisors located in Customer Services by the reception area at each campus; they will check eligibility, documentation and give you a receipt.
  • This must be done before the deadline date shown on the application form.
  • You will receive a letter by post or email to confirm whether you have been successful in your application.

What do I need to do to receive my weekly payments?

  • You must have 100% attendance of your lessons every week to receive payments, unless there are exceptional circumstances (see below).

Exceptional circumstances

  • If you have an explained absence, you need to submit an exceptional absence form which can be found on iLearn in the student information section, or from Customer Services. (To access the student iLearn go to the bottom of this page and click ‘Student Login (iLearn)'; then follow the log in instructions.)
  • If a class is cancelled for any reason, you should ensure your tutor lets the department’s Curriculum Administrator for your area know or you will not receive payment.
  • If you are on a college trip, the relevant tutor should mark you on the register as V (for visit).
  • If you have an exam, your Curriculum Administrator must be notified.
  • It is your responsibility to inform your Curriculum Administrator of any reason why the register system has not registered your attendance.

Changing Register Marks

  • Go to the student MLE and print out your own register (To access the student iLearn go to the bottom of this page and click ‘Student Login (iLearn)’, follow the log in instructions and click on “My attendance”.)
  • Ask your tutor to sign the appropriate register to confirm attendance.
  • Hand the register to the Curriculum Administrator for your department.
  • Your Curriculum Administrator will amend the register and then give the paperwork to the Customer Services Department to confirm and make the payment.

When to expect payments

Payments are processed 1 week in arrears: Payments are authorised and processed by the Customer Services on Mondays and Tuesdays. The money then takes 3-4 days to reach your bank account. (Some building societies take a little longer).

Payment Delays: Please be aware that payments for the final week of half term or the week before a half term may not be paid until the first week back after the holiday. Payments will be delayed by at least a day after any bank holiday.

No-Pay Decision: Students will be informed of a non-pay decision to their college e-mail address. Please check college e-mails regularly. If you think the decision is incorrect you are entitled to appeal.

Queries

For non-payment and other queries please complete the online LSF Enquiry Form
Please check your bank account the night or morning before making an enquiry, if necessary print a mini statement.

Change of bank details

All 16-18 Bursary students need to complete a Replacement Bank Details form (available from Customer Services) and provide proof of the new bank details.

Holidays

You are only entitled to payments for each week of study. Therefore you will not receive payment for the holiday weeks at Christmas, Easter, Summer or for half-term/reading weeks.

Work Placements

You are entitled to receive a Bursary during the Work Placements. You have to attend on the days that have been agreed between the college and the placement. If for any reason you cannot attend you must inform the placement supervisor and your tutor immediately.

Punctuality

More than 2 ‘lates’ in a single week will result in no payment for that week. A late is considered to be arriving 5 minutes after the start of the lesson.

Absences

Any absences must be authorised in order for you to receive payment.

Absences must be reported to your course tutor by telephone before the 1st lesson you miss or you will not get paid that week.

  • Absences should be explained on an exceptional absence form which must be signed by your tutor to confirm that you had informed them of your absence and the reason. The form then needs to be given to the department’s Curriculum Administrator so they can amend the register.
  • During periods of explained absence you have to have attended at least 3 lessons in a week in order to be paid. If you are absent for a whole week you are not entitled to payment.
  • NO EVIDENCE = NO PAYMENT

Appeals

  • If your payment has been withheld and you feel that you have a valid reason you have the right to appeal a decision. This must be in writing to the Appeals Customer Services Manager within 21 days of receiving confirmation of an award or a rejection.
  • The letter should set out the reasons for the appeal which must prove that they have been wrongly assessed as falling outside the eligibility criteria, plus any further evidence to support the Appeal.
  • The decision of the Customer Services Manager is final and will be given in writing within 14 days of the decision.

False Claims

BARNET AND SOUTHGATE COLLEGE OPERATES A ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY ON FALSE CLAIMS. Any false claims will be considered as fraud and will lead to sanctions. Gross misconduct will affect your college reference and could lead to you being expelled from the college.

Any student caught falsifying claims in any way (eg forging signatures,

claiming lessons were cancelled when they were not) will result in:

  • A forfeit of that week’s payment and the next 2 eligible weeks,i.e. another 2 weeks payments where you had 100% attendance.
  • A recommendation that you are placed on a stage of the Student Disciplinary Procedure.

Classes will be randomly checked for accuracy by class auditors.

Overpayments

Should you be overpaid for whatever reason, then your payment will be automatically withheld for the next eligible payment week. You will be informed should this occur.

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Download the Learner Support Fund Guide

 

Learner Support Fund Enquiry Form