The Learner Support Fund (LSF) is a limited sum of money from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), to help some learners join, and stay on, adult education courses.
This year we are able to provide support for:
You can apply if you are aged 19 or over and attending an accredited course with the Adult Education Service
and one of the following categories applies to you:
You will have to show your tutor evidence of your income and your spouse/partner's income.
Due to the high demand on the fund we can only provide support with travel costs to learners who:
It will be your responsibility to arrange the taxis.
We will be able to pay you a contribution towards your taxi costs. We are no longer able to support you with 100% of the taxi costs. Please send in your taxi receipts and we will process a payment to you. All taxi receipts will be checked with the taxi firm to ensure the amount claimed is reasonable.
No, there is no refund for petrol costs.
No, you will need to contact the college's Student Services department for advice about what funding is available to support learners.
Staff at the centre where you are studying will tell you about their creche facilities. Where available these creche places will be free while you attend your class subject to a £5 registration fee. The Learner Support Fund does not help with the cost of private childcare.
Payments for travel will be paid direct to you so please make sure you have a bank or building society account which allows you to cash cheques. If you provide your bank details on the application form, payment can be made automatically. Tuition and exam/accreditation fees will be paid direct to the Adult Education Service on your behalf, unless you provide proof that you have paid them yourself.
An application form for the fund will be available from your tutor or course organiser who will be happy to help you complete the form.
Please apply as soon as possible as the fund is limited. The Council cannot provide extra money once the fund has been used up.