Information for College-Level Students

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Tuition Fees
Advanced Learning Loans (19+)
Course Fees
16-19 Bursary Fund
Free Meals
16-19 Discretionary Fund
Childcare
Hardship Fund (19+)
Residential Bursary
Funding for students with Welsh postcode
Support Progressing to Higher Education at HCA
 


Tuition Fees

No tuition fees will be charged to students aged under 19 on 31st August in the year in which the student begins their course (with the exception of students from the Channel Islands).

Students Aged 19 years or older who have previously not achieved a full level 2 qualification will have to pay their own tuition fees. Please contact us for more information.


Advanced Learning Loans (Students Aged 19 and Over)

Learners aged 19 and over, studying a level 3 qualification (Diploma in Foundation, Extended Diploma) may qualify to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan. These loans pay for tuition fees charged by the College and are available from the Student Loans Company. To qualify, household income isn’t taken into account and learners won’t have to pay anything back until their income is over £21,000 per year. Applications can be made on line or by post.

If you are aged 19-23 and are applying for your first level 3 qualification, you may not have to pay for tuition fees. Please contact us to check your eligibility.

For more information about Advanced Learning Loans, please visit: www.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans or www.moneyadviceservice.org


Course Fees

All students will be expected to pay an annual course fee which includes educational visits and studio materials. Course fees will be approximately £180 - £230 per year, how much you pay depends on which course you study
 

16–19 Bursary Fund

If you are aged between 16 and 18 years and think you may struggle with costs for full time education you may be eligible to receive a bursary. Students most in need will be eligible to receive a Vulnerable Student bursary of £1,200 a year, this group includes:

  • People in care
  • Care leavers
  • Young people claiming Income Support or Universal Credit
  • Disabled young people who receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance / Personal Independence Payments


Free Meals

Students aged between 16 and 18 years from low income families may be eligible for Free Meals. Students will be offered vouchers up to the value of £2.50 per day to be used in the café at the Folly Lane Campus. Free meals are targeted at students who are in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC

 

16-19 Discretionary Bursary Fund

Other students aged between 16 and 18 years facing genuine financial difficulties can apply for a Discretionary Bursary for assistance with travel costs, course fees and equipment or material costs.

The College will be responsible for awarding all bursaries to students and will also decide the amount, when they are paid and will set conditions that students should meet to receive a bursary e.g. behaviour or attendance. Application forms will be available from July 2016.

For more information, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/16-19bursary.


Childcare

Learners aged 16-18 years with childcare costs should apply to the Care2Learn scheme. For more information, please visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn email c2l@studentbursarysupport.co.uk   Learners aged 19 years and over can apply to the College Hardship Fund.


Hardship Fund (Students Aged 19 Years or Over)

If you are aged 19 years or over, and are experiencing financial difficulties you can apply to the hardship fund for assistance with travel costs, course fees, equipment, materials  and childcare costs. Applications are assessed each term and not all applications will be successful as the College has a limited amount of funding available.


Residential Bursary

This bursary is intended to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise be prevented from attending a further education course at Hereford College of Arts due to unreasonable daily travelling distance from home. The student’s journey must take two hours or more or, they must live in an area where public transport is not easily accessible to them. Most applicants will move to temporary, rented accommodation. Application forms shall be available from July 2016. This bursary is assessed on the student’s household income and not all applications will be successful as the College has a limited amount of funding available.

For further information about accommodation, please email housing@hca.ac.uk

For further information about finance or to request an application form for any of the College bursaries, please email funding@hca.ac.uk


EMA for Students Resident in Wales

Depending on your household income, you could receive £30 a week. This is paid every 2 weeks, so you could receive £60 every fortnight. The student must be aged 16–18 years on 31st August 2016 and has to have a permanent address in Wales at the start of their course to apply to the Welsh EMA. For more information, please call 0300 200 4050 or to download an application form, visit www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/ema.


Welsh Government Learning Grant FE

Welsh Government Learning Grant FE is for students aged 19 or over who are studying a course of Further Education at a college. If you are eligible you could receive up to £1,500 a year. For more information, please call 0300 200 4050 or to download an application form, visit www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/fe/wglg-fe.


Internal Progression Bursary for Higher Education at HCA

All students who have studied and successfully completed a Level 3 Art & Design course at Hereford College of Arts will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,000 in their first whilst studying on a full time degree level course at HCA.

This information provided is subject to change at any time.