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Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group is pleased to be able to offer financial support to help adult students meet the costs of attending College. Please read the information below to find out whether you may be eligible for remission of fees, College Maintenance Allowance (CMA) or Discretionary Childcare Funding.

Financial support payment start dates will be based on the date that the fully completed application form, with the correct supporting evidence, is received in Student Services and no backdated payments will be made. Once your application has been approved you will receive a letter of approval and a payment schedule.

To apply for Student Financial Support, please complete our online application form.

Remission of Fees

A range of our courses are currently FREE to many of our adult students. The fee remission table titled 'Categories' below provides a summary of the circumstances in which you could be eligible to waive some or the entire fee for your chosen course. This is correct as at time of publishing, but may be subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE

  • In order to satisfy audit requirements you will be required to give evidence of your entitlements to the benefits stated.
  • You must confirm you are actively seeking work to be able to claim fee remission (for categories G and J).
  • Non-EU students with less than 3 years' residency in the UK are not entitled to fee remission.
  • Students taking self-financing courses are not entitled to either fee remission or financial support.
CATEGORIES
A A student aged 16-18 on 31st August 2021 (excluding recreational courses). A student who is in receipt of one of the active benefits listed below: Please Note: The evidence you provide must be current and cover the start of the course(s)
B1* Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
B2* Employment and Support Allowance ESA
C A student where Basic Skills is the main learning aim (excluding ESOL)
D A student aged 19-23 on a first full level 2 programme & SFA approved
E A student aged 19-23 on a first full level 3 programme & SFA approved
F A student aged 19-23 enrolling on an Entry Level or full Level 1 programme whose intention is to progress to a full Level 2 course. PLEASE NOTE - Students must not already hold a full Level 2 qualification.
G* A student who is unemployed and on state benefits other than Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance and needs skills training to help them to enter work. PLEASE NOTE - Remission for this category is at the college's discretion
H A student aged 19+ enrolling on GCSE Maths or English where they have not already achieved at grade A* to C
I A Student that is unemployed on receipt of Universal Credit.
J* A Student receiving Universal Credit, and their earned income from employment (disregarding benefits) is less than £345 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £552 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner)
K A student aged 19-24 with an Educational Healthcare Plan (EHP)
L The learner is eligible for co-funding and earns less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary. Please note evidence must be seen by the College to support this dated within 3 months of the start date.
M A student who is 19+ studying a Level 3 qualification that is covered by the national skills fund (see below) can claim full fee remission.

National Skills Fund

Please note this is subject to national funding and eligibility criteria.

Site

Learning Aim Title

Newcastle

Advanced Diploma in Accounting - Level 3

Newcastle

Diploma in Engineering Technology

Newcastle

BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)

Newcastle

Diploma in Site Carpentry (Construction)

Newcastle

Diploma in Bricklaying (Construction)

Newcastle

Advanced Diploma in Electrical Installation

Newcastle

BTEC Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)

Newcastle

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

Newcastle

Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Newcastle

Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

Newcastle

BTEC Diploma in Healthcare Support

Stafford

Advanced Diploma in Accounting - Level 3

Stafford

Advanced Diploma in Electrical Installation

Stafford

Award in Advanced Welding Skills

Stafford

BTEC Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)

Stafford

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

Stafford

Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles

Stafford

Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

Stafford

BTEC Diploma in Adult Care (England)

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA)

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group is pleased to be able to offer financial support to help students meet the costs of attending College.

Financial support payment start dates will be based on the date that the fully completed application form, with the correct supporting evidence, is received in Student Services and no backdated payments will be made. Once your application has been approved you will receive a letter of approval and a payment schedule.


Who can apply for this support?

Anyone with a total household income below £23,000 per year (excluding students enrolled on an apprenticeship, a self-financing course, a higher education (HE) course or students enrolled on a course with another education provider where funding is being claimed). Please note you will need to provide specific evidence when you apply to support your application. More information can be found in the 'Evidence Guidance' document available in the 'Downloads' section on this page.

How much will I get?

You can receive up to £20 per week. Payments will be attendance based as detailed in the payment schedule. The payment is a contribution towards the cost of travel on public transport, the cost of food at College and other course related costs.

How will I be paid?

The agreed amount will be paid directly into your (the students) bank account. It is essential that you have a bank account in your own name. Please request a bank details form from the Student Finance Team if you do not receive one following the submission of your application. If you do not have your own bank account, the agreed amount will be paid onto your student ID card and no cash alternatives will be made. Payments will be made in accordance with the payment schedule.

What evidence will I need to provide?

You will be required to provide evidence of current household income upon application and we may request up to date evidence of your household income at any point during the academic year. For guidance about the evidence you need to provide, please see the Evidence Guidance document available at the bottom of this page.

What other College related costs could I get help with?

If you are approved to receive CMA you could also receive help with additional College related costs, determined by the requirements of your course, such as:

Specialist equipment, specialist materials, essential uniform (refund to be claimed within 6 weeks of the course start date) and compulsory trips.

If you are aged 19+ and not eligible for automatic fee remission, you may be able to receive help towards tuition fees for level 1 and 2 courses through discretionary fee remission. Applications are considered by the Vice Principal and Awards are based on individual circumstances. Please speak to a Student Finance Advisor for more details.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the College Maintenance Allowance (CMA) using our new online application form. You will need to submit supporting evidence at the time of application and please be aware that there may be a delay in your application being processed if your form is incomplete, or evidence is missing.

Financial support payment start dates will be based on the date that the fully completed application form, with the correct supporting evidence, is received in Student Services and no backdated payments will be made. Once your application has been approved you will receive a letter of approval and a payment schedule.

If you need to apply for help with course fees, please contact the Student Finance Team.

Please read the Financial Support Guidance before completing the application for financial support.

The online application for financial support is available in the ‘How to Apply’ section on this page. The accompanying guidance documents are available in the ‘Downloads’ section on this page. If you require the application form in a different format, or need assistance completing it, please contact the Student Finance Team.

Discretionary Childcare Funding for students aged 20+

This is support for students where childcare costs may be a barrier to attending College.

Who can apply for Discretionary Childcare Funding?

Students who are aged 20 or over on 31st August 2021 and have a total household income below £23,000 per year.

How will payments be made?

Payments will be made directly to an Ofsted registered childcare provider of your choice, as long as the provider agrees to our terms and conditions.

How much will the College contribute towards my childcare costs?

The College will contribute a maximum of £32 per full day, £16 for half a day or £16 per day for before and after school club (based on your timetabled lessons and compulsory placements). This support is available on a term-time only basis.

What evidence will I need to provide?

You will need to provide a copy of your current Tax Credit or Universal Credit Award; detailing the support you receive for the child/children for whom you are requesting support. You will also need to provide details of your chosen childcare provider(s).

How do I apply?

You will have to complete an application form for Childcare Support in addition to the Student Financial Support application form and provide all relevant evidence. You can download the Childcare Support application in the 'Downloads' section on this page or by contacting the Student Finance Team to request a copy.

If you require assistance completing the application then please contact the Student Finance Team.

How to Apply

To apply for Student Financial Support, please complete our online application form.

Please ensure that you read the Financial Support Guidance and Evidence Guidance documents available on this page before completing the application.

You will need to upload your supporting evidence within the application. Failure to do so will result in the application process being delayed. You will need to complete all compulsory fields in order for your application to submit successfully. Compulsory fields are marked with a red asterisk.

Contact Us

If you need any help or assistance in relation to any of the information on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Finance Team. We are happy to give advice and guidance over the phone, or to arrange appointments on a one to one basis.

NEWCASTLE COLLEGE

Tel 01782 254188

Email studentfinanceteam@nscg.ac.uk

STAFFORD COLLEGE

Tel 01785 275494

Email studentfinanceteam@nscg.ac.uk

Payment dates

Payment dates for CMA and VSB can be found here:

CMA Payment Date (Monday) Number of weeks paid Attendance Weeks Maximum Payment
13 September 2021 4 N/A £80.00
4 October 2021 3 N/A £60.00
1 November 2021 4 20/09, 27/09, 04/10, 11/10 £80.00
29 November 2021 3 18/10, 01/11, 08/11 £60.00
3 January 2022 4 N/A £80.00
31 January 2022 3 03/01, 10/01, 17/01 £60.00
28 February 2022 4 24/01, 31/01, 07/02, 14/02 £80.00
28 March 2022 2 28/02, 07/03 £40.00
25 April 2022 4 14/03, 21/03, 28/03, 04/04 £80.00
23 May 2022 1 25/04 £20.00
6 June 2022 2 02/05, 09/05 £40.00
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