Cash for College – financial support for students

Cash for College – financial support for students

Is your annual household income £42,495 or less?

Is your household in receipt of universal credit or other benefits?

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

  • 16-19 Discretionary Bursary
  • 16-19 Vulnerable Bursary
  • 16-19 Care to Learn (– apply via
  • 19+ Discretionary Learner Support
  • 19+ Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund

The household income thresholds for support are as follows:

  • Band 1 Up to £26,910 and/or in receipt of income-based benefits
  • Band 2            £26,911 – £32,890
  • Band 3             £30,891 – £39,865
  • Band 4             £39,865 – £42,495

Students assessed as being in Band 1 will be eligible to claim up to 100% of the maximum aware subject to resource availability and need. Band 2 – 60%, Band 3 30% and Band 4 – 20%

Vulnerable Bursary

If you are 16-18 years old on 31/08/2021 and one of the following applies to you, you may be able to access a bursary paid weekly, of up to £1,200 per year. 

  • In Care
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit as the student is living independently or supporting a dependant.
  • Receiving both PIP/DLA and ESA/UC in the student’s own right

Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is based on financial need.

What funding can Cash for College provide? 

  • Meals – Monies loaded onto your college ID card to use in the college eatery’s (not transferable for cash)
  • Equipment and Uniform – Essential equipment and uniform can be funded if it is a requirement for the course.
  • Work Placement – Travel to work placement can be funded if required.
  • Travel – In extenuating circumstances, transport costs can be funded. This is only available to you if you are not able to catch a college coach. Travel applications are decided on an individual basis.
  • UCAS – application fees can be covered
  • Childcare – If you are aged 20 and over, you can apply for support towards Childcare whilst you are attending college. To check for availability at Nursery@B63, please contact 0121 602 7677.

How to apply for Cash for College:

Visit the PayMyStudent portal:

  1. Register using your Student ID number. If you are unsure of what this is, please contact us in the HUB (details below)
  2. Confirm your account by clicking the activation link sent to your email.
  3. Login using the details you registered with.
  4. Complete the application form including uploading evidence of your household income. Please note, if we do not see the correct evidence, your application will be returned, and we will email explaining what we need to see. We will not assess your application until we have the correct evidence.
  5. Agree to the terms and conditions and submit your application. You will receive an email to confirm we have received it.

Here’s the small print:

  • Evidence of income and benefits will need to be provided
  • 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

Live Chat –

Phone – 0121 602 7888Email –

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