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Learner Support Fund

Applications for the Learner Support Fund for this academic year 2023/24 are now available. 

Please click the link below to apply for Learner Support Fund 2023/24:

*Please be aware you are unable to apply for the Learner Support Fund if you are studying a higher educational course or an apprenticeship scheme.

All applications are means tested based on household income to which we must receive evidence of household income. Applications can take up to 10 working days before an assessment is made and due to limited funding, the college cannot guarantee to support every application it receives so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Please fill in this ‘register of interest’ form to register for any updates for the 2024/25 academic year Learner Support Fund: Register of Interest

How the Learner Support Fund can support you.

If you have a household income of less than £37,000, you could be eligible for the below types of support once your application has been completed.

Travel Costs: Students are recommended to apply for any discounted travel passes they are entitled to. Please refer to our student travel page as to what you may be entitled to.
Where possible, a travel pass will be awarded to students once eligible. In cases whereby this cannot be possible, an alternative solution will be arranged with you once your application has been completed.

Food Credit Allowance: A contribution towards food credits will be awarded to you via a cashless system onto your student card. The college operate a cross-site initiative of cashless systems for both staff and students. Students will be awarded a daily or weekly allowance.

Study Programme Essentials: Once eligible, you will be automatically awarded with covering costs for materials you require as part of your course. This includes any books, kit or trips your study department have agreed for us to fund.

*Please be aware funding is based on your attendance on the course. Funding can be temporarily suspended if you are not attending scheduled classes*

If you require financial support towards your course fees, please check with the College’s Information Unit on 01226 216 123 or info@barnsley.ac.uk

How to apply

To apply for the Learner Support Fund (including childcare), you can complete an application online via the link above. We recommend all Students apply for this fund before their course commences. This is to ensure we have the best chance possible of having any funding you may be eligible for in place before your course starts. (This includes funding towards childcare, Advanced Loan Bursary and Students aged 14+ on course fee funded course.)

As a requirement to access the funding you will be required to submit proof of household income. The college is unable to process any applications without this evidence.

Please click this link to see which financial evidence we can accept.

What happens next

  1. Apply online
  2. The application is received and administrated
  3. An assessment and award is made based on your application
  4. An award email will be sent to you, explaining the details of the support awarded

*Please be aware the timeframe when applying for financial support can take up to 10 working days. Missing information will delay outcomes*

Once you have applied online, Student Services will need to income assess and award your application for essential support. 

If your application is fully complete and all evidence has been submitted, you will be informed of your award within 10 working days by email to the address provided on the application form. 

If you have missing information, an email requesting the required information will be sent to the email address provided on the application form, please submit this in a timely manner to avoid delays in receiving support. 

We would advise all students to make an application as soon as possible to ensure your studies are not impacted. 

Financial Support FAQs

Last updated: 23rd February 2024

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