Cash for College – financial support for students

Is your annual household income £43,680 or less?

Is your household in receipt of Universal Credit or other benefits?

Are you 16-18 years old and in care of a care leaver?

If you’ve said yes to any of the above, we could give you funding to support your education. 

Types of Support

The household income thresholds for support are as follows: (click here for more info)

  • Band 1 Up to £29,485 and/or in receipt of income-based benefits
  • Band 2            £29,486 – £36,038
  • Band 3             £36,039 – £43,680

Income Bands: 

  • Band 1 -100% will be eligible to claim up to of the maximum support subject to resource availability and need.  
  • Band 2 – 60% contribution towards  
  • Band 3 – 30% contribution towards 

What funding can Cash for College provide? 

  • Meals – NO NEED TO APPLY – Up to £5 per day loaded onto your college ID card (no meals will be issued for timetable days with less than 4 hrs of teaching) This is to be used in the college food and retail outlets (not transferable for cash)  
  • Equipment and Uniform – NO NEED TO APPLY – Essential equipment and uniform can be funded if it is a requirement for the course. 
  • UCAS Fees Click here to apply
  • Childcare  Click here to apply College can contribute towards your childcare fees, and this may not cover the cost in full. Awards will be up to £120 per week or up to a maximum of £4,000 per household per year, this will be pro rata depending on your Award Band. 
  • Trips and Visits Click here to apply
  • Additional TravelClick here to apply
    • Travel if you cannot use College coaches due to medical reasons. You will need to supply evidence for this. 
    • Travel if you live over 30 minutes’ walk from the nearest College coach stop. (Check here Router | Halesowen College
    • Travel to/from college work placements. 
    • Travel to University open days. 
  • For any other Additional claimsClick here to apply

How to Apply:

You’ll receive a link to start your application for financial support. If you haven’t received it, please get in touch with us by emailing  

Here’s the small print: Follow the link for the Application Form: 

  • Household evidence to prove income and/or benefits will need to be provided (this includes all adults who are working or in receipt of benefits) 
  • Any monies paid will need to be paid directly into the student’s own bank account. 
  • Part time students will be paid on a pro rata basis. 
  • All funds are distributed on a needs basis and are subject to affordability. 
  • Funds are finite and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 
  • The amount of funding available is dependent on your total household income. 
  • Apprenticeships, HE, under 16 years old and non ESFA courses are not funded. 
  • All financial support is subject to satisfactory attendance and behaviour. 

Contact Us 

Please contact us if you have any queries regarding LSF using the following details: 

Student Hub, Whittingham Road Campus 

Live Chat – 

Phone – 0121 602 7888

Email –  

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