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financial support

Financial support is designed to help students facing financial hardship overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.

financial support for 16-19 students

If you are aged over 16 or under 19 on 31 August you will not normally be charged fees for tuition.

Full-time students who don’t pay tuition fees wouldn’t normally be asked to pay fees for examinations taken as part of the course with the College’s approval. However, if you need to retake an exam, you’ll be asked to pay the fees to do so.

Students whose household income is less than £70,000 per year or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) can apply to receive a bursary for subsidised travel. Please visit Transport for further information on the the student travel bursary and transport options to College.

Students who qualified for free meals at school can apply for a meal deal card to use at College. You will also be eligible if parent/carers are in receipt of various means-tested benefits as set out in the 'Free Meals in Further Education' guidance.

 

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our new 16-18 student travel bursary

We understand that many students travel a long distance to college and that the costs of travel are high. The College can help most students with the costs of travel.

Any learner eligible for financial support through the travel bursary will be issued with a First Kernow bus pass. Please note that this pass will be honoured by Transport for Cornwall, so can be used on all services regardlessof operator.

Your bursary application will be based on information provided, together with evidence of household income which should accompany your application.

Termly instalments are due before 1 September, 3 January and 17 April. Instalments not paid by the start of each term may be cancelled and a repurchase may be necessary.

student travel bursary rates

A. Families with an annual household income up to £21k will pay an annual fee of £50* towards their bus pass.

B. Families with an annual household income between £21k and £31k will pay an annual fee of £100* towards their bus pass

C. Families with an annual household income between £31k and £70k will pay an annual fee of of £250* towards their bus pass

*on application and dependent upon a minimum of 90% attendance each term for help in the following term).

Students from families with household incomes exceeding £70k are not eligible for government bursary support and should purchase tickets direct from the bus company at a cost of £45 per month.

applying for your bursary & bus pass

Step 1: Apply for a bursary by completing the relevant forms for your chosen college below. Guidance notes on completing your application are available for Truro College and Penwith College. Email completed forms with evidence of household income to:

Truro College: studentservices@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Penwith College: penwithstudentservices@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Once you have received approval of your bursary (usually within two weeks) proceed to Step 2 to purchase your bus pass. The portal for payments will open after GCSE Results Day each year.

Step 2: If you are a parent / carer paying on behalf of a student, visit College Portal (truro-penwith.ac.uk) and Create an External User Account. Once your Account is created (you should receive notification within 48-hours) proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: You can now make your bus pass payment via the College's payment portal to receive a unique code.

Step 4: This code should be used through the First Bus Travel smartphone App to receive your subsidised bus pass.

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funding support for 19+ students

If you’re studying a University Centre course with us, you may be eligible for a number of funding options to help with your tuition and living costs.
Students will be assessed by either Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance NI or Student Awards Agency of Scotland (SAAS) to determine eligibility for means testing and how much financial support would be available.
Finance assessments depend on the income of both the student and their legal guardian or spouse’s/partner’s income.
Further information on the funding and finance support we offer to 19+ students can be found on our University Centre Funding Support page. 

Are you aged 19 or over and thinking about Further Education?

  • You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your Truro & Penwith College course fees, the loans are not subject to credit checks and household income isn’t taken in to account. You do not pay anything back unless you are earning over £27,295.
  • The Government no longer subsidises 19+ Learners with funding (If they already hold a full level 3 qualification). This means that fees are more expensive and the Government have created Advanced Learner Loans which helps with these tuition fees. You can use a loan to pay the whole of the course fee or you can part of the fee yourself.
  • Eligible courses include: Access to HE Diploma’s, Level 3/4/5/6 Certificates and Diploma’s.
  • If you complete an Access to HE course and take out a Loan to cover the fees, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education Degree then your Access loan would be completely written off including any interest accrued.
  • You don’t have to take out a loan, however its availability means that you can improve your knowledge without paying fees upfront.
  • There are also Bursary’s available for help with Childcare, Transport and Meal Deals etc.
  • Discover the wide range of opportunities at Truro & Penwith College and take advantage of this scheme to help you enhance your life plan.

For further information about 19+ fees, please contact: Michelle Boulton on email michelleb@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE). Student Finance England is a Student Loans Company service, providing financial support to students on behalf of the UK Government.

Full-time students who don’t pay tuition fees wouldn’t normally be asked to pay fees for examinations taken as part of the course with the College’s approval. However, if you need to retake an exam, you’ll be asked to pay the fees to do so. If you pay your own tuition fees, you will need to pay your own examination fees. More details are available on application.

CHILDCARE APPLICATION FORM - Truro College: In addition to the Bursary application form, this is for students over 20 and needs to be completed by student and childcare provider and returned together with SCAN of children/s birth certificate/s.

Please return Truro College forms to Student Services, Mylor Building, Truro College, TR1 3XX

CHILDCARE APPLICATION FORM - Penwith College: In addition to the Bursary application form, this is for students over 20 and needs to be completed by student and childcare provider and returned together with SCAN of children/s birth certificate/s.

Please return the completed application form and evidence of household income to: Student Services, Penwith College, St Clare Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2SA

If you are 24+ and wish to study a Level 1 or 2 course you may be eligible for fee remission if you are unemployed and in receipt of either Jobseekers or Universal Credit.

If not then a fee will apply.
To find out more, please email Annabel Aitken on annabela@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

If you are 19-23 you may be eligible for fee remission for either of the following reasons:

  • The course will be your first full level 1/2 qualification
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers or Universal Credit

If neither of the above apply, then a fee will apply
To find out more, please email Michelle Boulton on michelleb@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

You will only be eligible for fee remission if you do not already hold a Level 3 qualification. Otherwise a fee will apply – please see Advanced Learning Loan section.

Student Services can help with funding

Truro College telephone01872 305718

Penwith College telephone01736 335120

Truro College email: studentservices@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Penwith College emailpenwithstudentservices@truro-penwith.ac.uk

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