Ravensbourne

Further Education funding

Bursaries & loans 2017/18

Please find below details of our bursary offer for Foundation students commencing study at Ravensbourne in academic year 2017/18.

Due to restricted funding and a large number of eligible students, our finance support is limited. It is designed to assist towards the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment.

We therefore, strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment and food whilst undertaking their course and to 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. 

Ravensbourne 16-19 Bursary

The 16 to 19 bursary fund provides financial support to help students stay in further education.

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries available:

  • a vulnerable student bursary of up to £1,200 a year
  • discretionary (standard)bursaries to meet individual needs, for help with the cost of transport, meals and course equipment.

Termly bursary payments of a small, discretionary amount will be available to those with the most challenging financial circumstances.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the discretionary bursary, you must:

  • Be an enrolled student on a full time Foundation course at Ravensbourne starting in 2017
  • Be aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017
  • Be aged 19 or over with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Be aged 19 or over and continuing on a study programme which began when aged 16-18
  • Have 'home' student status or have been granted full 'refugee' or 'asylum seeker' status
  • Have been 'ordinary resident' in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with 'settled status' which means having indefinite leave to remain
  • Maintain at least 90% attendance
  • Have a household income of £20,000 or less per year

 To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must be:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • in receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.

How to apply

Students should complete the on-line application form and provide the Student Services Team with one of the following as evidence:

  • a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions showing receipt of benefits
  • a P60
  • a Tax Credit Award Notice
  • evidence of your family’s annual income
  • 3 months’ worth of payslips or bank account statements

The application process opens in August 2017. All applications should be submitted by December 2017.

Ravensbourne Free Meals

Students in receipt of a Ravensbourne 16-19 Bursary will automatically be entitled to free meals.

Eligibility

Only students 16-19 years of age on the 31st August prior to the start of the course will be able to receive this support.

How to apply

Students do not need to apply for free meal support. If they are entitled to receive a 16-19 Bursary, they will also receive notification of their free meal award.

Ravensbourne 19+ Bursary

The Ravensbourne 19+ Bursary is available to help with travel, accommodation or course materials . How much students receive will depend on individual circumstances.

Eligibility

Foundation & Access students who,

  • are between 19 and 23 years of age on the 31stAugust, prior to the start of their course;
  • have 'home' student status or have been granted full 'refugee' or 'asylum seeker' status;
  • have been 'ordinary resident' in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with 'settled status' which means having indefinite leave to remain;
  • maintain at least 90% attendance;
  • have a household income of £20,000 or less per year.

How to apply

Students should complete the on-line application form and provide one of the following as evidence:

  • a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions showing receipt of benefits
  • a P60
  • a Tax Credit Award Notice
  • evidence of your family’s annual income
  • 3 months’ worth of payslips or bank account statements

The application process opens in August 2017. All applications should be submitted by end of December 2017.

Student Services Support Award

Ravensbourne is committed to providing assistance for their 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 course equipment. Depending on circumstances, a maximum cash payment of £500 can additionally be given.

 Eligibility

  • All Foundation, Pre Foundation & Access students.
  • Students that can demonstrate financial hardship.

 How to apply

Students will need to complete the on line application form and provide copies of the following evidence to support your application:

  • Your tenancy agreement (if applicable)
  • Bank statements for past 3 months
  • A completed Student Budget Planner
  • Evidence of any benefits received

Depending on circumstances, students may be required to meet with the Finance Support Coordinator to discuss additional forms of support and money management.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

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.

Eligibility

Students must be in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan.

How to apply

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.

Final Major Project Award

This fund is available to students to help with the costs associated with Final Major Projects and the Degree Show.

Eligibility

All foundation students

How to apply

Students will need to complete an on line application form which includes a personal statement explaining how this award will benefit them. 

The application process opens at the beginning of March and will be advertised to students accordingly.

 

External sources of funding

Advanced Learner Loan

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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for one of these loans you must:

  • Be aged 19 or over at the start of your course.
  • Be studying a Level 3 qualifiication at Ravensbourne.
  • Be living in the UK on the first day of your course.
  • Have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years immediately before starting your course.
  • Be a UK National or have settled status (this means there’s no restrictions on how long you can stay).

How to apply

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 registry@rave.ac.uk if you have not received this.

Family Action

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

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

Visit their website for more information on how they can help you.

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