Student Life at LMC

Student Life at LMC

Financial Support

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.

Student Finance Application Forms 

Learner Support Fund

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.

Travel

An LSF funded Stagecoach termly bus pass is available to learners who:

  • live 1.5+ miles from LMC and
  • study a Full Time course at LMC and
  • have a household income less than £35,000 (including income from means-tested benefits)

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 and
  • live 1.5+ miles from LMC or your placement and
  • have a household income less than £35,000 (including income from means-tested benefits)

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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 income is below £35,000 (including income from means-tested benefits)
  • They’re studying a Full Time course

Main Site 

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.
 

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 income is below £35,000 (including income from means- tested benefits)
  • 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.

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

16-18 Vulnerable Bursary

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:

  • 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 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. 

Childcare

Parents under the age of 20 on 31 August 2021 should apply directly at Care to Learn 

Parents over the age of 20 on 31 August 2021 can apply for childcare support, by completing both the LSF Financial Support Form and a Childcare Application Form, if:

  • your household income is below £35,000 (including income from means-tested benefits)
  • your course is 3+ hours 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.
 

Financial changes due to Covid-19

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. 

Apprenticeship Funding

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. 

Learn more about Apprenticeship Funding.

Advanced Learner Loan

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.

When you repay your loan

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.

Access to Higher Education (HE) course

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.

What you'll get 

How much you get depends on:

  • the type of course
  • your course fees
  • the maximum loan available for your course

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.

Eligibility 

Whether you qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on your:
•    age
•    course
•    nationality or residency status

You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course.

Contact Student Services at College to check which courses are eligible for the loan on 01524 521385 or email Advice@lmc.ac.uk

How to apply

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

Student Finance Application Forms

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