The Advanced Learning Loans are available to help pay for Level 3/4 courses including A' levels, Access to Higher Education courses and some apprenticeships.
Loans are for a minimum of £300 and must be repaid once you finish your course and earn over £21,000 a year. Individuals who study for the Access to Higher Course who go onto higher education do not need to repay the loan.
Applications can be made on online or a form downloaded from the Gov.uk website.
Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) is available to individuals aged 19 years and older who has been accepted to study at a learning provider funded by Skills Funding Agency (check with your college or sixth form).
The learning provider decides how much money is paid and whether it is given as a direct payment that doesn't have to be paid back, a loan which you have to pay back or a payment to someone else such as landlord.
The money can be used to pay for accommodation, travel, course materials and equipment. Applicants over 20 years may also get help with childcare expenses.
Applications for the support should be made directly to your college or learner provider. Each provider will have their own application process as they set their own eligibility criteria.
Crisis Changing Lives grants are for Crisis Skylight members who need support with education, employment and training goals.
You must to be working on a one to one basis with a coach at a Skylight Crisis Centre
Be 18 years and over
Have experienced homelessness in the last 3 years
Have the right to live and work in the UK
Be free from substance abuse and alcohol for the last 6 months
Be unemployed or underemployed
Crisis offers 3 types of grants each up to £2,500:
Education Grant - funding for course fees and/or tools/equipment/materials for the course.
Self Employment Grant -funding for tools/equipment or practical costs of starting up a small business or to become unemployed.
Intro Employment Grant - funding for tools/equipment or materials needed for a particular job.
Applicants who make good progress may be able to apply for a second grant of £2,500 after a gap of one to three years.
The money awarded does not have to be paid back.
Applications can be made throughout the year. Further information can be obtained from the Crisis Changing Lives team is available through Crisis Skylight on 0300 636 1967, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation is an independent charity that works against social injustice by providing finanacial bursaries, mentoring and support to help disadvantaged students.
It provides bursaries to students in the adult and further education sector facing severe financial hardship that may prevent their progress to a degree course in higher education.
The charity helps a wide range of students with varying barriers to learning including those with a history of severe health problems, physical disabilities, emotional difficulties and acquired conditions.
Applications must be made by the student’s FE or Sixth Form College or Adult Education Centre. A college may only nominate 5 students a year.