Funding and Finance
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. A student facing financial hardship may apply for support through 'The Alton College Fund' to assist with the cost of text books.
The costs of trips, including field trips regarded as essential to the successful completion of the course, are paid by the student. Again, students in need may apply to 'The Alton College Fund' for support.
Students are expected to purchase stationery and computer disks/storage devices. Where specialist stationery is fundamental to the work of a subject (e.g. Art, Photography, Design Technology), the College will provide a basic supply but the student may need to maintain.
Other funding support is as follows:
Alton College Bursary Scheme
Applications for the 16-19 Bursary fund for 2016/17 are now open.
The 16-19 Bursary fund aims to provide discretionary financial support to help you with the cost of your course.
To be eligible for support, your household income must be £22,000 or less. We will ask you to provide evidence of this, ideally in the form of your Tax Credit Award Notice for the current tax year (2016-17). However, if you are not in receipt of Tax Credits, we can also accept evidence in the form of recent receipt of Benefit (dated within the last 3 months) , last P60 or Year End Audited Accounts for self-employment income.
Travel is considered a priority. We will endeavour to cover the cost of all three terms bus pass and two terms train pass, however, this is dependent upon the number of applications received. You will be advised at a later date what we will be able to provide. If you do not the require the bursary for travel then you can apply for financial support towards educational supplies eg. books, equipment, print credit.
The bursary payments will be dependent upon you having good standards of attendance, behaviour and atitude to learning and you will be required to sign a Financial Support Agreement.
The 16-19 Bursary application can be downloaded here. Alternatively, we can post you an application form. To request an application form either call 01420 592200 or send an email to email@example.com
Please complete and return the application form together with supporting documentation.
There is no deadline for application. Applications will be dealt with as they arrive in the Student Hub and within 20 working days. An early application is more likely to be successful given the limited availability of Education Funding Agency 16-19 Bursary Funds for 2016/17.
Young people aged 19 and over at 31st August 2016 are not eligible to receive support from the 16-19 Bursary Fund. This includes those young people who are starting the second year of their course.
16-19 Vulnerable Bursary
You will be eligible for the 16-19 Vulnerable £1,200 Bursary if 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.
To request an application form either call 01420 592200 or send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please complete and return the application form together with your supporting evidence.
If you wish to appeal the outcome decision of your Bursary application, please appeal in writing to the Head of Finance.
Free College Meals
Students aged between 16 and 18 on 31st August 2016 and whose household income is £16,190 or less, and who are not in receipt of Working Tax Credit are eligible to apply for free meals in the 2016-17 academic year. The application for Free College Meals is part of the 16-19 Bursary application which is available to download here. Please complete and return your application form along with your supporting evidence of household income, ideally in the form of your Tax Credit Award Notice for 2016-17, or evidence of Benefits dated within the last three months.
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 a learning difficulty or disability or students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The support provided requires an annual parental contribution (£555 for 2016/17) which is waived in certain circumstances.
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:
The Alton College Fund
Care To Learn Scheme and Childcare Facilities
If you have a child between six months and eight years old, are 16-18 and are studying a course at the College 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. The grant is means-tested. You will need to apply through the Care to Learn scheme. Contact us to make a reservation as early as possible for your child in the Alton College Nursery. Places are limited and are dealt with on a first come first served basis.