The majority of students aged 16 to 18 enrolling on full-time courses at Myerscough College do not pay tuition fees. All students are required to pay a facilities and resources contribution of £95 if studying at Preston, or £30 if studying at Liverpool, Blackburn and LCCC.
Fees for students aged 19 and above are dependent of the level of the qualification. Students will be required to pay for any additional qualifications studied unless classed as unemployed as defined by SFA Adult Education Budget Funding Rules.
Sources of Financial Support
Myerscough College Bursary Fund
Financial support is available for students where the annual household income is less than £35,000. Students can apply for up to £3,500 if studying on a funded Further Education course. You can also apply for this bursary if you are in receipt of an Advanced Learning Loan.
Bursaries may be available for any one of the following:
- Help towards the cost of travel to College if the student travels daily and lives more than 3 miles from College. Eligible learners will receive either a free or discounted bus pass or a petrol allowance if travelling by car.
- Help towards level 2 or below tuition fees, if payable, and the student is travelling to College on a daily basis. Students who meet this criteria will also receive financial support towards the cost of travel either a free or discounted bus pass or a petrol allowance if travelling by car.
- Help towards the cost of accommodation if the student is living away from home during term time to attend College
A guaranteed payment of £1,200 will be available for learners (aged 16-18) on a full time course for the following groups to help with the cost of travel to College, lunch, equipment or other course related costs:
- In care
- Care leavers
- Young people receiving Income Support
- Disabled young people receiving BOTH Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)/Universal Credit AND are already in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
For students aged 20 and under help is available from Care to Learn.
For students over 20 help may be available towards childcare costs through the Bursary Fund.
Please note that funds are limited, and you should apply as soon as possible – do not wait until enrolment. Applications become available during June prior to course start date.
Applications are made through MyPage. Students will need to first accept their place on the course in order to apply. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Office by emailing Bursary@myerscough.ac.uk or phone 01995 642398
Free School Meals
In order to be eligible for free lunches students must meet the following criteria:
- be 16-18, on 31 August OR
- be 19-25 on 31 August and subject to an Education Health Plan
In addition, students or their parents, must be in receipt of one or more of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
Students can apply for free school meals through the Bursary Applications details of which can be found above.
If you have any questions in regards to the free school meals please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Office on 01995 642398 or email email@example.com.
Students may also be able to get financial help from charities or other bodies, who have allocated funds to help particular students or courses. A directory of grant making trusts can normally be found in your local library or online at www.acf.org.uk.
Grants may be available from any of the following:
- Shepherd Street Trust (shepherdstreettrust.co.uk) for students under the age of 21 living within 50 miles radius from Preston Town Hall.
- Studley College Trust (studleytrust.co.uk) for students on land based courses.
- The Prince’s Trust (princes-trust.org.uk).
- Family action (formerly known as Educational Grants Advisory Service) – Guidance and advice on funding for those studying in post 16 education in the UK – family-action.org.uk.
- City and Guilds (http://www.cityandguilds.com) for students who would like the opportunity to study for a City and Guilds / ILM qualification, and who would otherwise be financially unable to
Further information about financial support for students is available at Apprenticeships,14 to 19 education and training at work - GOV.UK or from the College’s Student Finance Team on 01995 642398.
Professional and Career Development Loan
Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.
As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview.
Our learning provider registration number is: 2147.
All fees are to be paid in full at the start of a course, or a payment plan arranged with the College. Payment can be made by card either online at Online Payments, by calling the Finance Office on 01995 642138 / 642230 or at the Finance Office. Alternatively payments will be accepted either by cheque payable to Myerscough College, or by cash at the Finance Office during office hours.