Discretionary financial support

Who is eligible for discretionary financial support?

Discretionary financial support is available for students with proven financial hardship that prevents them from participating in learning. It is specifically designed to meet certain priority groups such as:

  • Young carers
  • Young parents
  • Young people that have suffered parental bereavement
  • Students that have a significant diagnosed mental health condition

This funding is also there to support when students experience sudden changes in circumstances such as:

  • Redundancy in the family home
  • Domestic emergency

How to apply for discretionary financial support

Complete the Discretionary Financial Application form and return it to your relevant campus. See contact us page for addresses.

Please ensure you complete all sections; in particular section four to explain the change in circumstances and section eight to explain what financial support is required. The College is not able to offer cash payments, but may be able to support with the costs of College related items.

We understand that students may require some support, advice and help to ensure they get the best out of their time at college. We are committed to providing that support to all students and to help make your college experience a happy and successful one.

If you do not meet one of the above priority groups but there is a financial hardship and the household annual income (including any wages/benefits received) is below £25,000, you may still complete the discretionary form to see if there is any help available. Please be aware we will need to see certain financial documents such as bank statements, to be able to assess your claim. We must also take into consideration any savings you may have.

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