Information for Parents and Carers - Solutions

Bursary and Free School Meals

The Bursary Allowance:

Who is eligible for the bursary scheme?

To be eligible to receive a bursary a student must :

· be aged under 19 on 31 August in the academic year in which you start

your programme of study or

· where you have turned 19 during your programme of study, you can

continue to be supported to the end of the academic year in which you turn

19, or to the end of your programme of study, whichever is sooner.

· Students aged over 19 with a EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) may

apply for discretionary bursary as long as they also meet the other scheme

criteria.

Financial support is based on the individual needs of the student. Mandatory and discretionary bursary. Students could receive a bursary of £5 per day if they are in one of the following groups: (Mandatory bursary) · people in care or care leavers · people claiming Income Support · disabled people getting Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance Students could receive a bursary of £4 per day if anyone in their household claims any of the following benefits (Discretionary bursary) · Universal Credit / Income Support · Working Tax Credit · Job Seekers Allowance · Child Tax Credits

What evidence needs to be provided? Students must provide evidence in order to demonstrate their eligibility for either the mandatory or discretionary bursary. This includes identification in the form of a birth certificate, passport or photographic driving license. And a headed letter showing entitlement to one of the benefits described above. The letter needs to show current entitlement, and we are unable to accept out of date documents. Alternatively, a bank statement, dated within the last 3 months, which clearly shows the type of payment being received, can also be used to demonstrate eligibility.

What can the bursary for be used for?

The Bursary should help to remove barriers to students engaging with their learning programme. We may be able to help towards the costs clothing and shoes, personal care products, stationary and other costs associated with your course. Funding is based on a student following a full time programme of education

Are there any conditions attached to the scheme?

Yes. Trinity Solutions will discuss a ‘Student Agreement’ at the beginning of the programme and talk about the standards of attendance and behaviour we consider acceptable. Bursary awards will be conditional on individuals meeting the requirements of the Student Agreement.

Free School Meals

While following a study programme, students may be entitled to receive a ‘free meal’ for each day that they attend a training centre and / or a cash allowance of £2.41 for each day that they attend a work experience placement, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria as set out by the DFE / EFA. Each student will need to complete the ‘Free meal’ eligibility questions within the application

How is bursary paid?

Payments will only be made into the students own bank account by a process called BACS transfer.

It is essential that they have a bank account in their name as payments can only

be made into this account via a bank transfer. Cash payments will not be made.

It is important to make sure that the bank is able to accept BACS transfer before

providing bank account details. Post Office accounts and some Credit Unions do

not accept BACS payments.

Students having difficulties opening an account should contact a Trinity Solutions

staff member who may be able to provide support.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

You can speak to a member of the Trinity Solutions Team on 0191 2986952.

What happens if my financial or living circumstances change?

If you have a change of personal circumstances such as a change of address or household income, you must let us know immediately in writing.

Any over payments will be repayable.

You can write to us at:

Trinity Solutions

Oakfield College Site

Condercum Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE4 8XJ