Course and Exam Fees
If you are under 19 and have been resident in the UK or EU for the last 3 years, you can study a full-time course for free (excluding higher education courses).
If you are 23 or under in September and studying for your FIRST full Level 2 or Level 3 course this may be free.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be able to study Level 1 and Level 2 courses for free if you are in receipt of a means tested benefit.
Those aged 19 or over the Government Advanced Learning Loan offers you the chance to study without any upfront costs on eligible courses. These loans are non means tested and you would not make any repayments until April 2018, and then only if you are earning more than £21,000 per year. If you do not wish to take the loan, you may pay up front, in installments, or using direct debit payments. For more information contact Student Services on 0800 306 306 for up-to-date information.
If you do not already have a grade C/4 or higher in GCSE English and Maths you can study these subjects for FREE.
Financial Assistance from the Learner Support Fund (LSF)
You can apply to the Learner Support Fund for help with lunches and a contribution towards course expenses eg kit, uniform and compulsory trips if you are a full-time student (studying 14 hours or more each week).
For part-time students, studying 6 hours or more per week, you can apply for help with course expenses eg kit and uniform.
To be eligible for help your household income needs to be below £25,000 per annum and/or you or your parent/carer receive one or more of the following benefits:
- *Income-related ESA,
- *Income-based JSA,
- *Housing Benefit,
- *Working Tax Credits (household income below £25,000 per annum)
- Universal Credit in place of one of the *benefits listed above
- Council Tax Benefit,
- Full HC2 certificate for health costs
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
In addition, for under 19s, free college meals are also available if you receive child tax credit with household income below £16,190 per annum and are not entitled to working tax credit.
All qualifying students will receive lunch vouchers, one per day, for each day of course study. There are a variety of food options available in our Lounge catering outlet.
LMC offers several free buses for students who live far away. The route of your bus pass will be printed on your Student ID card when you enrol; which then becomes your bus pass.
Qualifying students who live 2 miles or further from College can apply for a free Stagecoach bus pass (as long as they are not on one of the free bus routes). Please speak to a member of the Student Money Team once you have enrolled.
Kit and Equipment
Some of our courses have equipment costs and trip expenses that the student has to pay at the beginning of the year. You will be informed about them at your interview and may qualify for an 80% refund of these at a later date based upon your attendance.
If you are aged up to 19 at the start of you course you may qualify for help with childcare through Care to Learn.
LMC can contribute to childcare during your scheduled study hours (an hourly rate limit applies).
There is a sliding scale of support available for household income up to £32,000 as long as you are NOT in receipt of childcare element of tax credits.
If you are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2017 and have one of the following situations, you may qualify for an additional bursary. This attendance-based weekly payment is a great addition to LSF help for qualifying students.
- Looked after by a local authority
- Care leaver
- Living independently and in receipt of Income Support in your own name
- A young parent and receiving Income Support in your own name
- Receiving both ESA and DLA in your own name