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Learner Support Fund 2020/21

The College has financial support available to help students with the costs of coming to College. If your household income is less than £35,500 you could be eligible to access this funding.

The following guidelines are to help you complete the Learner Support Fund application

How to apply?

You can complete your Learner Support Fund Application online here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01923 812345 or email

In order to log in, please select the option titled 'No Student Number?'. At the end of the application form, don't worry about including a course title - this can be left blank.

Who can apply?

Students aged 16 to 18 and are enrolled on a funded course (the majority of 16-18 year olds are enrolled on funded courses). If you are 19+ please discuss your eligibility with a Student Advisor.

What can you apply for?

If you or your parents/carers receive income related benefits or have a gross household income of £35,500 or less you may be eligible for help towards the following:

Students 16-18 years old:  If you are under 19 you will only need to complete the application form if you are applying for additional course costs, travel, trips, or kit and equipment, as you will not have to pay any tuition or exam fees at enrolment.  Please note those on the West Herts College Football Programme may face additional costs and eligible students can be funded through the LSF.

How much will I get?

You may be eligible for up to 100% of your enrolment fees and travel costs and 90% of other course costs, depending on your income or if you are on a qualifying benefit. If you are aged 16-25 we will consider your annual household income. If you are aged 25+ we will consider your current personal income.

Funding will not usually cover all of your course costs – please bear this in mind when budgeting for coming to college and talk to us about how we can help you. If you are required to purchase kit or equipment prior to the start of your course, you will need to provide proof of purchase/receipts. If you are requesting support with travel costs please note you will also need to apply for any relevant discount cards e.g. Herts Savercard/16+ Oyster card etc.

When will I find out if I have been awarded funding?

The College aims to process all applications within 10 working days of receiving a completed application form and supporting evidence.

The College expects good attendance throughout the year and your award will be affected if your attendance drops at any time; travel awards will be reduced for every full day absence.

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