Not sure what financial help is available to you when studying, well whilst you are in full-time education and aged between 16-19, all of your course fees will be paid. The only thing you will have to pay for is your transport, books and course related equipment, such as uniform.
Also, studying full-time means your parents can still claim child benefit and other related benefits such as child tax credits, which can help towards the cost of studying.
So what help can you get?
From this September, the Government is introducing a new bursary scheme to replace EMA to help those students who need the most financial support when going into education or training.
The scheme is made up of two parts:
Those who are more vulnerable, which the Government class as those in care, a care leaver or claiming income support, will be guaranteed a bursary of £1,200 a year, around £40 a week.
For those students who face financial barriers to staying on in education or training, schools, colleges and training providers will be able to award bursaries to students who fall in this category allowing them to have help with transport, food or equipment. They also have the flexibility to pay it as a lump sum or in instalments.
It is important to remember that things may change between now and September, but we will keep you updated on any changes.
Dance and Drama Awards
This award help to pay for tuition fees and living costs at some of the leading private dance and drama colleges in England. Remember that the number of awards available is limited and demand for them is high.
Care to Learn
If you are a parent and you're wanting to continue with your education, then you can get some financial help towards paying childcare and transport costs.
Army Further Education Bursary (FEB)
If you are interested in joining the Army after doing a vocational course at a further education college, you may be eligible to earn up to £4,000 cash award to help you through your studies.
To find out more, speak to an Army Careers Adviser by, popping along to the Army Careers Office located at the address below:
2 Magdalen Street
Alternatively you can call 01603 624616 or visit the Army website to find out more