Financial Support

During the time your son or daughter is at College, there may be some expenditure necessary.

Students are expected to buy the essential text books required for their courses. A list of texts will have been sent to all new students and are posted on the website prior to starting at College.

The College Library and departmental resource areas contain a good range of useful texts that are available for students to use. However, students may be asked to purchase supplementary texts themselves. 

The costs of trips, including field trips regarded as essential to the successful completion of the course, are paid by the student. 

Students are expected to purchase stationery.

Financial Assistance is available to students as detailed in our Learner Support Fund Policy and application forms can be downloaded from this webpage. 

Learner Support Fund Policy

Funding support is as follows:

Alton College 16-19 Bursary Fund

Applications can now be made to 16-19 Bursary Fund for 2019/20

The 16-19 Bursary Fund aims to provide financial support to help you meet the costs associated with learning. There are two types of Bursary:

16-19 Discretionary Bursary

You will only be entitled to apply for a 16-19 Bursary if on the 31st August 2019 your household income is £25,000 or less and you are: aged 16 years or over and under the age of 19 years; aged 19 or over and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or aged 19 or over and continuing on a study programme you began aged 16 to 18 (19+ continuers).

We will ask you to provide evidence of this, ideally in the form of your Tax Credit Award Notice for the tax year 2019/20 or Universal Credit award statements showing the three most complete assessment periods. However, if you are not in receipt of Tax Credits we can also accept evidence in the form of recent receipt of benefits (dated within the last 3 months) or latest P60s for all members of the household.

The bursary will purchase termly Stagecoach Unirider tickets directly from Stagecoach for all eligible students. Students who wish to travel to college by train may have the equivalent value of the bus pass deducted from their termly train ticket.

Students will also be supported with essential course related items such as books, equipment and uniform, travel to work experience placements, essential trips as advised by lecturers, UCAS fees and contributions towards travel for higher education visits.

The bursary payments will be dependent upon you having good standards of attendance, behaviour and attitude to learning and you will be required to sign a Financial Support Agreement.

The 16-19 Bursary application form for 2019/20 can be downloaded here Alternatively printed copies are available at the Student Hub or we can post you an application form. To request an application form either call 01420 592229 or send an email to travelandsupport@alton.hsdc.ac.uk.

Please complete and return the application form together with supporting documentation. 

There is no deadline for application however Financial Assistance is provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and there is a limited sum of money.

16-19 Bursary for Students in Defined Vulnerable Groups

You will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary for Students in Defined Vulnerable Groups of up to £1,200 per year if you are 16 or over but under 19 on 31 August 2019 and any of the following apply to you, the student:

• you are in care;
• you are a care leaver;
• you are on Income Support or Universal Credit in place of Income Support in your own right;
• you are in receipt of BOTH Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in your own right.

The Bursary for Students in Vulnerable Groups application form for 2019/20 is part of the 16-19 Bursary application form which can be downloaded here. Alternatively printed copies are available at the Student Hub or we can post you an application form.  To request an application form either call 01420 592229 or send an email to travelandsupport@alton.hsdc.ac.uk.

Please complete and return the application form together with your supporting evidence.

 

Students who are not eligible for either of the two bursaries and who are suffering hardship with exceptional and severe financial difficulties may qualify for limited Discretionary Financial Assistance. Please ask at the Student Hub.

 

Free Student Meals

 

You will only be entitled to apply for Free Student Meals if on the 31st August 2019 your household income is £16,190 or less; you are NOT in receipt of Working Tax Credit and you are: aged 16 or over and under the age of 19 years; aged 19 or over and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or aged 19 or over and continuing on a study programme you began aged 16 to 18 (19+ continuers).

 

A student is eligible to receive a free meal when they, or a responsible adult on their behalf, makes a successful application to Alton College. Eligibility can be checked using the Free Student Meal Eligibility Checker on the Hampshire Website. Hampshire Free Student Meal Eligibility Checker

 

If you are eligible the Free Student Meal Checker will give you an Application Reference number and the College will be informed directly of your eligibility. Free Student Meal eligibility will mean you are also eligible for the 16-19 College Bursary and there will be no need to provide any further evidence. You will still need to fill in and sign the declaration on the 16-19 Bursary Application Form which is available to download here.

 

If you do not wish to use the Free Student Meal Eligibility Checker on the Hampshire Website you are able to apply with supporting evidence of your application as detailed on the above form. 

  

Tuition Fees

There are no tuition fees to pay if you are age 16-18 years on 31st August of the year you start your course and if you meet the necessary residential qualifications for the European Economic Area and are taking a course for the first time at the College. If you have not got an EC passport or have not lived in the EC for the past three years please contact us. 

Subsidised Bus Passes and Discounted Train Tickets

Please see the How to Find Us section for information on the bus pass and train ticket schemes offered by the College.  

Help With Your Travel Expenses From Surrey County Council

If you live in the administrative county of Surrey, you may apply online for a Surrey Fare Card which offers discounts on bus and train services to Alton.  Please see the Surrey County Council Student Fare Card Scheme for more information.   

Help With Your Travel Expenses From Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council assists with travel expenses for post-16 students with special educational needs or students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  The support provided requires an annual parental contribution.  If your child qualifies for free school meals due to low income, the fee may be waived.

Students wishing to apply for help with transport can do so by accessing the Hampshire County Council website for further details, by using the link below:

Hampshire Post 16 Transport.

Care To Learn Scheme and Childcare Facilities

If you're a parent under the age of 20 at the start of our course at College then you may be entitled to apply for a grant to pay for the costs of your childcare of up to £160 per child per week.  You will need to apply online through the Care to Learn scheme. Contact us to make a reservation as early as possible for the child in the Childcare Centre. Places are limited and are dealt with on a first come first served basis. 

Alton College Foundation Scholarships and Foundation Development Fund