Student Life at LMC

Student Life at LMC

Financial Support for Students

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.

Learner Support Fund

A range of financial support from the Learner Support Fund is available to learners depending on their personal circumstances; such as being in receipt of certain means tested benefits or your household income being £35,000 or less. 

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.

Travel

See our Free Bus Service 

A free Stagecoach termly bus pass is available to learners who:

  • live 1.5+ miles from LMC 
  • study a Full Time course at LMC
  • are in receipt of certain means tested benefits/your household income is less than £35,000. 

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. 

Discounted termly bus passes are available to buy from The Hex for ALL other LMC students. If you live in one of the areas served by the Free Bus Service, you will need to use this service. 

We can also support your travel costs if you:

  • are on a Traineeship 
  • live 1.5+ miles from LMC or your placement, you
  • are in receipt of certain means tested benefits/your household income is less than £35,000

If you’re an Apprentice, please contact the Student Money Team as there is help available for your transport costs from Lancashire County Council and charitable funding; * a separate application form is required.

Breakfast and lunches

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:

  • Their household is in receipt of certain means tested benefits/income is below £35,000 
  • They’re studying a Full Time course

Main Site 

Free lunch can be accessed for each day the learner timetabled to attend college. 

Traineeships and Lancaster Training Services (LTS – Offsite) 

Lunch credit will be paid directly into the learners’ bank – contact the Student Money Team for the payment schedule.
 

Course Expenses

If under 19 and a resident in the UK/EU for the last 3 years, study is usually FREE (excluding HE courses)

Learners aged 19+ may be entitled to study for free depending on their individual circumstances; please call or email the Student Services Team to discuss this further.

Funding is available for course expenses such as kit, uniform and extra curricula trips, to learners when their:

  • household is in receipt of certain means tested benefits/household income is below £35,000 
  • course is 3 hours+ each week

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, signed by your tutor, with your form. 

Refunds will be paid at the end of the first term as long as you continue to attend your course.
 

Vulnerable Bursary

Learners will be assessed for the Vulnerable Bursary if they are aged 16 – 18 on 31st August 2020, and state their Student Status as one of the following categories:

  • In care (classed as a child looked after by the local authority) 
  • Care leaver (classed as a care leaver by the local authority) 
  • In receipt of Universal Credit, financially supporting yourself, living independently or within a family unit and any dependent/s. 
  • In receipt of DLA/PIP and UC/ESA

The Vulnerable Bursary is a weekly payment, paid during term time in arrears, based on 100% attendance each week. 
 

Childcare

Parents under the age of 20 on 31st August 2020 should apply directly at Care to Learn 

Parents over the age of 20 on 31st August 2020 can apply for childcare support, by completing both the LSF Financial Support Form and a Childcare Application Form, if:

  • your household is in receipt of certain means tested benefits/household income is below £35,000
  • your course is 3 hours or more each week

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.
 

Download our Student Money Information sheet

Financial changes due to Covid-19

In these uncertain times, if you find that your financial circumstances change during the 2020-21 academic year, please contact Student Money at college. 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. 

Free lunches

  • Fortnightly lunch payments into bank accounts will stop at the end of Spring Term.
  • From 12 April 2021, you can swipe your student ID card in The Lounge and Coulson's.
  • If you've been approved of free lunches since January, make sure your ID card is activated in The Hex before you use it.

Any questions, please get in touch with Claire and Debs by email

Bus passes

For those students who have been approved for a free, termly Stagecoach pass, bus ticket refunds will be issued by the Student Money Team in The Hex up until the Easter break. 

  • Summer Term bus passes are available to collect in The Hex from 12 April 2021
  • Make sure to bring your student ID card when collecting your new bus pass