Based in The Hex, our Student Money Advisers will help you identify and access any support that may be available, whilst you're studying at College.
You may be entitled to additional financial support for lunches, a Stagecoach bus pass, help towards educational trips, course materials, uniforms and childcare expenses, depending on your individual circumstances. Find out more below, and don't hesitate to contact the Student Money Team to discuss your options further.
A range of financial support from the Learner Support Fund is available to learners depending on their personal circumstances; for example, if your household income is £35,000 or less (including income from means tested benefits), or you meet the criteria for the 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary.
Please complete a LSF Financial Support Form in all cases *except apprentices.
For any HE courses, eg HNC, HND or Degree, please apply for support via Student Finance England
Apprentices qualify for help with travel costs only, *a separate application form is required.
An LSF funded Stagecoach termly bus pass is available to learners who:
If you live in Galgate or further south and you’re on a Full Time course, you can apply for a free Stagecoach termly bus pass by completing the LSF Financial Support Form. You won’t need to provide evidence of income or benefits if you’re applying for a bus pass only.
We can also support your travel costs if you:
ALL learners are eligible for free breakfast of porridge, tea and toast between 8.30-9.15am in The Lounge.
Learners are eligible for a free lunch if:
Free lunch can be accessed for each day the learner is timetabled to attend college.
Traineeships & Lancaster Training Services (LTS – Offsite)
Lunch credit will be paid directly into the learners’ bank. Contact the Student Money Team if you will be attending placement.
If under 19 and a resident in the UK/EU for the last 3 years, study is usually FREE (excluding HE courses)
Funding is available for course expenses such as kit, uniform and extra curricula trips, to learners when their:
Please check with the Student Money Team which items are approved for financial help. You’ll receive an 80% refund on approved items purchased for your course and must submit receipts.
Refunds will be paid at the end of the first term as long as you continue to attend your course.
Learners will be assessed for the 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary if they are aged between 16–18 on 31 August 2021, and state their Student Status as one of the following categories:
The 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary is funding up to a maximum of £1,200, available to help pay for College-related costs such as; kit, uniform, travel and trips. You'll be assessed on an individual needs basis.
For students who previously received the 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary weekly payment during 2020/21, please contact the Student Money Team to discuss your funding.
Parents under the age of 20 on 31 August 2021 should apply directly at Care to Learn
One Childcare Application Form is required for each childcare provider that you use.
Session rates or a maximum £5.25/hour (if your provider charges an hourly rate) will be paid during term-time only, for your timetabled days. The maximum weekly contribution is £160/child.
Your Ofsted registered childcare provider must accept the free 15 & 30-hour funding, for 2 & 3-year olds. If your child qualifies for the free 15 hours, these must be used for the childcare required whilst attending college.
College will contribute towards the outstanding hours. If you receive the childcare element of tax credits/Universal Credit, we are unable to fund your childcare.
Please speak to the Student Money Team regarding the sliding scale of support dependent on income.
In these uncertain times, if you find that your financial circumstances change during the academic year, please contact the Student Money Team. You can apply for financial support at any time during the year and you may qualify for help with travel costs, lunches and additional course costs such as trips and uniform.
As an apprentice at Lancaster & Morecambe College, you may be entitled to funding to support you in your studies. This could include free or discounted bus passes, refunds for travel expenses, hardship funding, or the Apprenticeship Care Leavers' Bursary.
You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at College.
Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks.
You’ll have to start repaying your loan when your income is over a certain amount (the ‘threshold’ amount).
You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.
Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.
The higher education course must be eligible for Student Finance.
How much you get depends on:
The minimum loan you can get is £300 and is paid directly to College.
You do not have to borrow the full cost of your course - you can pay for some of it yourself.
Whether you qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on your:
• nationality or residency status
You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course.
If you have been advised that you need to take out the Advanced Learner Loan, to cover your course tuition fees, you will need to have a “Learning and Funding Information” letter from the College in order to complete the Advanced Learner Loan application.
The letter will be issued by Admissions, from June onwards, once your College course application has reached either course offer or course accepted stage. If you do not receive a letter, contact Admissions@lmc.ac.uk
To apply for the loan (and for further details) visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan