Support & Funding
Important information for those applying or thinking of applying for 2019-20 academic year
All Higher Education Providers are currently being asked to submit documentation in order to become a registered provider by the Office for Students (the new independent regulator for higher education in England). The College has made an application to register and expect a decision by September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. See further details below:
For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
Details of the student finance available for Higher Education students can be found on the following website.
Weymouth College has many mature students across the range of courses. Many of our courses are timetabled to enable you to work on a part-time basis or to fit in with childcare.
Financial Information for Mature Learners
As a mature student, you are likely to have more commitments to consider when thinking about studying on a Higher Education course. You may also be sacrificing income. The majority of eligible (UK/home) students are funded by Student Finance England and can apply for student loans to cover tuition fees and living costs.In addition you can apply for a living cost grant, grants for dependants and childcare and disabled students’ allowances. The gov.uk student finance webpages https://www.gov.uk/student-finance(https://www.gov.uk/student-finance) provide a complete guide to how you’ll be funded. Please note that Foundation Degree and HND courses at Weymouth College are all classed as full-time study.
If you receive benefits, your situation is likely to change as eligibility is limited to single parents, disabled students and partners of students, however your student income will be taken into account. If this affects you, get in touch with https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus (https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus) who have qualfied Benefits Advisors to take you through your possible entitlements as a student.
Council tax discounts and exemptions
As a full-time student, you won’t be counted for council tax purposes. That means you could have your bill reduced by 25 per cent if you are one of two adults in your property, or even receive a complete exemption if you’re the only adult resident.
Disability Student Allowance (DSA)
DSAs are grants to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. They help disabled people to study in higher education on an equal basis with other students.
A DSA is paid on top of the standard student finance package and does not have to be paid back. The amount you get depends on the type of extra help you need – not on your household income.
If you have been offered a place at Weymouth College and have a supporting need, it is vital that you contact us as soon as possible so we can assess the support you will require prior to you commencing your studies. Please contact Roz Osborne 01305 764733 or email Roz_Osborne@weymouth.ac.uk
We can provide you with information on careers, grants, accommodation, mobility, health matters, and personal and financial support. We offer a wide range of support to all learners with any additional needs, from learning difficulties to mental health issues, dyslexia to special examination requirements.
Once you enrol on a higher education course at Weymouth College you will either automatically become a member of University of Plymouth students’ union (UPSU) or you will have the option to join the Student Union through Weymouth College.
There are strong links and support available via the Students’ Union Liaison Officers from partner universities as outlined in student handbooks.
Students will have the opportunity to elect a student representative from their year and programme of study who will act as a student liaison at various course and college meetings.