Learner Support Fund
Discretionary Learner Support Fund
The Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF) provides financial support to
assist learners aged 19 or above who are experiencing difficulty in meeting the costs associated with their learning.
What types of costs are supported by the fund at the point of enrolment?
• Tuition fees • Examination fees • Course material fees • Travel expenses • Childcare fees
Who can apply for support?
To be eligible for funds from the DLSF learners must be aged 19 years or older
and must be studying on an Adult Education Budget Qualification course. There is no entitlement to the funds - support is discretionary and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Learners studying Community Learning, Full Cost or Advanced Loan funded courses are not eligible to apply. Speak to an adviser for more information.
Eligible learners must also be on a low household income or be in receipt of
one of the following benefits:
• Jobseekers Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance • Universal Credit • Working Tax Credit • Child Tax Credit • Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance • Carers & Disability Benefit • Pension Credit • Income Support • Other current DWP low-income benefits Other current DWP low-income benefits Learners with a household income of less than £21,000 must provide their three most recent pay slips or a valid P60.
How to apply for the Discretionary Learner Support Fund
In most cases the application will be completed at the point of enrolment.
Learners are entitled to one application and one course only per year. Other applications will only be accepted at the discretion of the Head of Learner Experience.
As well as showing receipt of benefits or household income listed above, learners must provide a current bank, building society or Post Office statement. The statement must be within three months of the application date. Mini statements are not accepted. Learners are expected to commit to 100% attendance of lessons on the course.
Travel expenses reimbursement
The Discretionary Learner Support Fund provides financial support to those
incurring travel expenses as part of their study.
The amount of support for travel is based on the learner’s address, the WAES
centre of study and the days that study takes place.
Support towards the cost of travel is set at a maximum of £3 per day and
£12 a week. In some cases additional support may be offered, considered on a case by case basis. Travel support will be based on your registered attendance.
To make a claim submit the dedicated form for travel expenses incurred to
date in that term. Learners may submit claims for travel expenses up to two weeks before the deadlines. Travel form applications can take up to 28 days to be processed from the date of submission.
For more information and to collect the form speak to a member of staff in
the Learner Hub
Further information and useful contacts
If you require advice about other sources of financial help please speak to a Learner Experience Officer.
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