There are certain categories of student that are not able to claim student support funds. These are:
- Benefit claimants who have to carry out training (whether on a full-time or part-time basis) such claimants have their travel and childcare costs met by Jobcentre Plus if this is relevant. Jobcentre Plus advisers will also decide whether to pay these expenses for people who access skills training on a voluntary basis. They will therefore not be eligible for these payments under the DLSF
- Learners who are not considered to be part of the home population – to qualify there is normally a need to have been resident in this country or the EEA for a minimum of 3 years.
- Learners who have not met the attendance criteria as laid out in the Learner Rights & Responsibilities Policy and Admission Policy and/or are not making satisfactory progress
- Learners on a Higher Education course
- Apprenticeship Learners
- Learners on a recreational programme or non-Government funded courses
- Learners who are 19 and over who are studying a level 3 or above course and not claiming first level 3 entitlement remission.
LEARNERS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO THE FUND
An eligible student is a student who is enrolled with Petroc on a part time or full time course who is not classed as ineligible (see above) and who meets one of the following criteria listed below and on the next page:
(1) In receipt of one of the means tested benefits listed below (or be a dependent partner of a person receiving one of the benefits below and included in that benefit award).
- Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit
- Income Support
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income Based)
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
- Universal Credit (subject to status)
- Working Tax Credit (with an annual income for the previous year showing on the award of under £16,190.00)
(2) On a low income. A low income is defined as:
- Single learners with a gross annual income of no more than £13,000.00
- Lone parents or couples with a gross annual income of no more than £18,000.00 (plus an additional £1,500 for each dependent child aged under 19 and in full time education)
Note: when calculating gross annual income ignore any Disability Living Allowance. All other income is taken into account (for both the student and their partner if applicable) including the following types of income:
Earnings and any other taxable income
For self-employed learners or their dependents, the gross earnings will be calculated from audited accounts and any essential business expenses will be deducted.
The Learner Support Fund is a finite amount of money and will be issued on a first come first served basis. All applications will be means tested against the criteria above and a decision on entitlement will not be made until we have received a fully completed form and supporting evidence of benefits/income. Part of the decision making process will be to ensure that there are remaining funds to allocate.