16-18 year olds
Full time home students aged 16-18 do not have to pay fees on condition they are still under 19 on 31st August in the year their course starts.
(However, some costs for activities/uniform/trips and specialist equipment & materials may be applicable. Any costs associated with individual courses will be detailed at interview.)
There is a range of financial help available - depending on your personal circumstances - to support you with your studies at Northbrook
In order to qualify for funding you must be aged between 16 and 18 (inclusive) and be attending a full time Further Education course (Government Funded course/Certificate, Foundation Studies, C&G, BTEC Diploma).
There are various travel schemes available which you may be eligible for:
3 in 1 Bus Card (YourCard) - Full time students from West Sussex who are aged 16-19 are able to apply for a bus discount card which will allow half price travel. For students with household incomes over £16,190, cards cost £50 and application forms are held in the College's Student Financial Support office, or you can visit www.yourspacewestsussex.co.uk for more details.
Unirider bus ticket - A Northbrook Unirider ticket could save around £160 per annum and can be purchased via the website www.stagecoachbus.com/south . An unlimited 7 day travel ticket is also available if you hold a 3 in 1 card. See Unirider leaflet.
Brighton & Hove bus discounts - See www.buses.co.uk/tickets/busid.aspx
Young Persons Railcard - If you are aged 16-25 this card will give you one third off your fare if you use it after 10am (or before if the ticket costs more than £12). You will get 10% discount by purchasing the railcard online. Contact your local station for more details
Unizone - Depending on where you live and which campus you are travelling to, it may be cheaper for you to travel by train using a Unizone ticket. Please contact your local station or click here for more details.
Sussex Student Card* - Students of all ages attending a Further Education course can apply for a Sussex Student Card which offers discounted train travel in some areas. Application forms are available from the College or your Local Authority website.
Under 19 Bursary Scheme*
The bursary scheme is made up of two parts:
Guaranteed Bursary -If you are in care, a care leaver, in receipt of Income Support or a disabled young person in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, you will be entitled to £1200. This will be paid to you in instalments.
Discretionary Bursary - If you do not qualify for the guaranteed bursary but have a household income under £25,000, you may be able to apply for some funds to support things like travel, materials/ equipment or other course related costs.
16-19 Bursary Questions & Answers
Prioritisation & Criteria for Support Funds
If you are under 20 when you start learning and use registered childcare, you may be able to get assistance with childcare costs. Please call 0800 121 8989 for more information.
Residential Support Scheme
If the course you wish to attend is not available locally and you have to move, this scheme can help toward rent costs. Contact 0800 121 8989 for an application form.
Northbrook Student Financial Support Team
We're here to help
For more information on what financial support is available, please contact a member of the Student Financial Support team direct on 01903 273014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also offer a drop-in service at The University Centre Worthing - normal office opening hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-4.30pm Friday.