We are now accepting applications for September 2021!
Please be aware when submitting an application to the Learner Support Fund during the period of June to August, your application will be partly completed and you will be informed of an initial assessment. Once you have enrolled, you will then receive a further email confirming the specific support available to you.
If you have a household income of less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support. This may include support with travel, food and study programme essentials.
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.
How the Learner Support Fund can support you.
The Learner Support Fund will help eligible Students with the below types of support once your application has been completed;
Travel Cover 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.
How to apply
The easiest and fastest way to apply for our support fund is to apply online via a mobile phone or a computer device.
If you are experiencing technical issues when attempting to complete the application form online, please contact us via phone; 01226 216267, email; Studentsupport@barnsley.ac.uk or visit Student Services in the Old Mill Lane site in August for further advice.
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.
Visit our Evidence page to see what type of documentation we require.
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 via email, 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 in order 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.
Payment schedule 2021/22*
Please note that payments are based on your attendance, if it is below 90% then the payment will be paid based on your attendance percentage. *All dates above are week commencing and may not be exact dates.
Last updated: 1st June 2021