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6.8.4 Additional Help for Care Leavers Attending Higher Education

This chapter was updated in May 2013 and should be re-read.


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Accommodation Costs
  3. Maintenance Support
  4. Travel Costs
  5. Higher Education Bursary and Other Financial Incentives
  6. Student Finance
  7. Ongoing Assistance
  8. Postgraduate Study

    Appendix 1: Additional Help For Care Leavers Attending Higher Education Form


1. Introduction

Newcastle City Council will provide ongoing additional support to you, if you have entered or intend to enter into Higher Education and you have applied to, or have been accepted by your chosen university prior to your twenty-first birthday.

We will help you in finding the right course for you. These discussions will be part of your Pathway Plan and issues in relation to Higher Education will therefore begin to be explored when you are 16, if not before.


2. Accommodation Costs

We will pay for your (reasonable) accommodation fees if you are living independently. This may be in halls of residence or in more independent accommodation such as a shared flat or house. Funding for the cost of your water rates will also be provided, if this is applicable.


3. Maintenance Support

We will provide you with regular financial assistance, which will help towards your ongoing maintenance costs. The amount of assistance we will provide will be dependent upon your individual circumstances and your needs. A maximum weekly amount of £30.00 will be paid to students who are living independently, and a maximum weekly amount of £20.00 will be paid to students who continue to live in placements specifically extended to cater for involvement in Higher Education.


4. Travel Costs

We will also assist you with travel costs and will pay reasonable travel expenses, such as a bus pass or metro pass between your accommodation and university.

We will also help you out with travel costs from your university to return home for short breaks or for holiday periods, should you attend a university elsewhere in the country.

We would expect your social worker to talk to you before the beginning of each academic year to establish and agree what your anticipated travel costs will be, for the forthcoming year.


5. Higher Education Bursary and Other Financial Incentives

We will provide you with a one-off £2,000 Higher Education Bursary. This Bursary will be given to you at agreed times during your course, which will be discussed and agreed with you in advance of you starting your course. The City Council may withhold payment of any unpaid balance of the Higher Education Bursary during any period when you are not pursuing Higher Education in accordance with your Pathway Plan.

We will also help and support you to maximise any further bursaries / financial incentives that individual universities may be able to offer you because of your care experiences.


6. Student Finance

We would expect you to take out a Tuition Fees loan via Student Finance England to pay for your tuition fees, and we will help you to understand how to do this.

The repayment of the Tuition Fees loan will be your responsibility and will be re-paid in accordance with central government policy.

We would expect you to take out a Maintenance Loan via Student Finance England, to meet your general day to day living expenses. The level of loan taken out could be reduced in recognition of the weekly financial assistance being provided by Newcastle City Council, if so desired.

The repayment of the Maintenance loan will be your responsibility and will be re-paid in accordance with central government policy.

A Maintenance Grant should also be awarded to you by Student Loans England as part of Maintenance Loan process. This is a grant which does not need to be repaid.


7. Ongoing Assistance

We will commit to any agreed package of financial support being provided to you for the full duration of your course, whether your course is a three year or a four year degree course. Additional discussion will be required before funding for highly specialised degree courses, such as medicine or dentistry, can be agreed.

The effectiveness of any support package being provided to you will be reviewed on a six monthly basis as part of your Pathway Plan Reviews.

Your social worker will continue to provide you with ongoing assistance and support, and will liaise closely with an identified member of university staff, such as your personal tutor, to ensure that an appropriate level of support is being made available to you.


8. Postgraduate Study

The information outlined above relates to the support available to you as an undergraduate; however, following a needs assessment being completed, Newcastle City Council may consider, making a contribution to support you should you wish to undertake a postgraduate course whilst also assisting you to identify other financial support and resources which may be available to you.


Appendix 1: Additional Help For Care Leavers Attending Higher Education Form

See Forms Library for Additional Help For Care Leavers Attending Higher Education Form

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