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Foundation students are unable to apply for maintenance loans from Student Finance to assist with living expenses as these loans are available to undergraduate students only.
We strongly advise prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and food whilst undertaking their course, and have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.
Students may find the student budget planner a useful tool to help figure out a realistic budget.
Students 19 and over should also ensure they have the means available to pay tuition fees. The easiest way to do this will be to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company, who will be offering support for help with fee costs only. See below for further information.
With regards to living costs, there may be some support available however, this will be small and discretionary. It is designed to assist with food, travel and/or course equipment.
Please see below the bursaries available for 2019/20 intake. The bursary offer for 2020/21 intake is currently under review, please use the current offer as a guide.
The 16 to 19 bursary fund provides financial support to help students stay in Further Education.
There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries available:
Termly discretionary payments will be available to those with the most challenging financial circumstances. In most cases, these will be payments in kind such as food vouchers, oyster cards and/or course equipment.
To be eligible for the discretionary bursary, you must:
To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must meet the above criteria and be:
How to apply
Students should complete the online application form and provide the Student Services Team with supporting evidence as follows:
For the Vulnerable Bursary:
Please be advised that students who meet the criteria for bursaries for vulnerable groups are not automatically entitled to a bursary if they do not have financial needs and/or their financial needs are covered from other sources.
For the Discretionary Bursary:
One of the following as proof of household income:
Students should also supply:
The application process opens in September 2019. All applications should be submitted by April 2020.
Free meals are targeted at the most disadvantaged students, meaning those in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
You do not need to apply separately for Free Meals, as we will assess you when we receive your application for the 16-19 Bursary based on the household income evidence provided.
Ravensbourne is committed to providing assistance to our students in financial hardship. The Student Services Support Award is given to students who face an unexpected crisis that may jeopardise their ability to continue with study.
This bursary is usually awarded as a payment in kind towards the costs of food, travel and/or course equipment. Depending on circumstances, a cash payment may be given.
Students will need to complete the online application form and provide copies of the following evidence to support your application:
Depending on circumstances, students may be required to meet with the Finance Support Coordinator to discuss additional forms of support and money management.
Students in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan may be entitled to a small discretionary bursary to help with living costs.
Please be advised that because funds are limited, we will prioritise students with childcare costs. We may be able to help with a small contribution towards the cost of transport or equipment.
Students must be in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan and have a household income of £20,000 or less.
Students can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan Bursary by completing the online application form and provide the Student Services Team with the relevant supporting documentation:
Please note that the online application will go live on 2 September 2019.
Students who are 19 or over and studying a Foundation Level 3 qualification at Ravensbourne, can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of their tuition fee.
To be eligible for one of these loans you must:
Please visit the Student Loan Company website for details of how to apply.
Please note the Learner will need their Learning and Funding Information Letter (LAFIL) to make the application.
Please contact [email protected] if you have not received this.
Family Action has been distributing grants to help people and families in need since they were founded in 1869. They know that by giving a small grant when it’s needed the most, they can remove immediate financial barriers, thereby helping families to work through the bigger issues they’re facing.
Visit their website for more information on how they can help you.
Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.
The Stationers' Foundation has provided support to fund up to 5 FE scholarships for students on the Foundation Diploma Art & Design course in either Design and Media or Media Production. Each successful scholar will receive £1,200 towards living and studying costs.
To be eligible, your studies at Ravensbourne University London must be after your A-Level (or equivalent) studies and you must be fully enrolled on the Foundation Diploma Art & Design in the 2020/21 academic year.
All FE students on the relevant Foundation Diploma pathways are able to apply; however, applications will be considered with preference in the following order:
i) Former students from Stationers’ Wood Crown Academy
ii) Former students from other Leigh Academy Trust schools
iii) Students from all other schools
Applications will open in spring 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
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