Financial Support

You could receive financial help to support you with the cost of coming to college including food, uniform, equipment, books and childcare.

If you have a household income of £33,069 or less and/or you or your parent(s) are in receipt of benefits we may be able to help.

All funds are distributed on a needs basis and subject to affordability. The fund has three levels of support based on income:

  • BAND 1 - up to £22,323
  • BAND 2 - £22,324 - £27,281
  • BAND 3 - £27,282 - £33,069

Students in band 1 may get up to 100% of any award; band 2, 60%; and band 3, 30%.

What can I claim support for?


Your College card will be credited with up to £15 per week to spend in Munch or Starbucks.

We will provide free meals for 16-18 year old students in line with government directives. If you or your parents are on benefits you may qualify. Just indicate this on your Learner Support Fund application form.

Even if you do not qualify for the Free FE Meals scheme, the Learner Support Fund could support you for meals in College.

Equipment, Uniform and Books

You can receive support towards items specified by your tutor

Trips and Visits

The fund may help with the costs of educational visits


While you are attending College you can apply for Childcare support from an Ofsted registered provider.

You can apply for funding to cover childcare costs if you are under 20 years old at the start of your course. Please refer to

Applications for LSF are assessed within five working days.

How do I apply?

  • Visit the Student Hub in Block 2 at Whittingham Road or reception at Shenstone House or Coombs Wood.
  • Telephone 0121 602 7688 (Whittingham Road) or 0121 602 8025 (Shenstone House)
  • Email

Complete the relevant forms and attach the evidence to support your claim, then return it to the Student Hub or reception at Coombs Wood or Shenstone House.

We make all payments by BACS so we need your bank details.

Terms and Conditions

As well as making good progress you must have excellent attendance and behaviour.

The Halesowen Foundation

Halesowen College works closely with The Halesowen Foundation - a registered charity (no 1130576).

The charity offers support for students to realise their talents and can offer bursaries and awards to support students with a musical or sporting talent or with academic achievement. The charity also funds our mental health worker.

Contact The Halesowen Foundation on 0121 602 7844, view or visit the Student Hub.