Learner Support Fund

Learner Support Fund – COVID-19 update

  • Travel payments – Travel payments are temporarily suspended, and students will be contacted about their funding once we know when the College will be re-opening.
  • Food credit payments –Food credit payments will continue to be paid into student’s bank accounts (please ensure you contact Student Services if you have not yet provided your bank details).

Reminder: If you are returning to College in September and wish to continue receiving the Learner Support Fund, you must re-apply for this in June.

If you have any questions about financial support, please email Student Services studentsupport@barnsley.ac.uk.

Funding Support for the 2020/21 academic year will be available from the start of July 2020.

Funding support for the 2019/20 academic year, please see below.

What is the Learner Support Fund?

This fund helps to support learners with the cost of studying, e.g. books, equipment, kits and other learning costs. To be eligible you must be enrolled and attending a course which is not ‘Full Fee Payable’. The course information will tell you if it is full fee payable, or you can contact the Information Team to check. All applications are means tested based on household income.

Due to limited funding the College cannot guarantee to support every application it receives so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting paper applications.

Please apply online at https://learnersupportfund.barnsley.ac.uk

How the Learner Support Fund can support you.

If you are aged 14,16, 16-19 OR 20+ with your course fee waivered. You could be entitled to support with the following;

If your household income is You are entitled to:
between £20,001 to £35,000 Up to £700** per year towards travel
below £20,000 As above, plus:
Up to £15 per week Food Credits
Study Programme essentials
UCAS memberships
Childcare (learners aged over the age of 20)

Students aged 19+ and in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan for course fee*

If you have an Advanced Learner Loan and your household income is You can apply for help towards ONE of the following:
below £35,000 Up to £50 per month towards travel
Up to £100 per month towards ALS
Up to £250 per month towards childcare

* Figures apply from September 2019

**Agreed courses only


CHILDCARE FUNDING –  COVID 19 UPDATE (as of 23/03/20)  

Care 2 Learn:

For students who have an approved Care to Learn application, childcare payments will continue, as long as your intention is to return to the college when you are able to do so. If you fail to return, payments will be ceased.

*This is subject to change if future government advice on COVID-19 changes*

A dedicated DfE helpline for education and children’s social care providers and parents, to handle questions related to coronavirus is now live.
The helpline will be open Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Details of the new helpline:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) 10am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

19+ Learner Support Fund or Advanced Learner Loan Bursary:

Childcare payments will continue at the rate initially agreed by the College when the contract was set up. Payments will stop if you leave the course. Please email studentsupport@barnsley.ac.uk if you have any further queries.

Apply online for 2019/20 funding below.

COVID-19 Update – Students can still apply for the 2019/20 academic year however funding is now limited. Please contact Student Services on studentsupport@barnsley.ac.uk for an application form.

Applications for the Learner Support Fund 2020/21, opens July 2020.

*The link to the online portal will be available until Monday 1st July 2019

The online application below does not cover students aged 14-16 (including Direct Entry), Childcare or Elite Sports Bursary Funding. Please call 01226 216267 for an application to these additional bursary’s.

For more information please contact Student Services on:

Tel:  01226 216 267
Email : studentsupport@barnsley.ac.uk 


Last updated: 27th May 2020