Financial Support

Itchen Sixth Form College receives government funding to support learners who are economically or socially disadvantaged and who face the highest barriers to continue in a sixth form education.

Eligibility for Itchen Financial Support (IFS)

You must be aged between 16 years and under 19 years of age on 1 September at the start of the academic year. The funding support is split into two types:

Discretionary Support

Vulnerable Bursary

The 16-19 Vulnerable Bursary of £1200 is available to eligible students in any of the following categories:

  • young people in care;
  • care leavers;
  • young people claiming Income Support in their own name;
  • young people claiming Universal Credit in their own name;
  • and disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance and Living Allowance in their own name.

Discretionary Support

Discretionary Support is designed to help with travel to and from college (college contract buses and Bluestar termly bus passes), course materials and resources (see our online college shop for a list of available materials and resources), and essential college trips.

Discretionary Support has been tiered, therefore support may be available for students whose parent/guardians’ household annual income is less than £25,000 or if the parent/guardian living with the student is receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support;
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA);
  • families in receipt of Child Tax Credit, provided that their annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, HMRC) as of Wednesday 5 April 2017 does not exceed £16,190;
  • the Guarantee Element of Pension Credit;
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA);
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • or Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit.

If your household income is less than £30,000 and you live more than three miles away from college, you will be able to receive support with your travel to and from college. For more information, please contact Student Services on

Providing Proof

When applying for support, you must provide proof that you are eligible to receive it. These must be original documents from the following three categories.

Proof of your National Insurance number:

  • a National Insurance number card (or the equivalent letter as the cards are no longer issued);
  • recent payslips, no more than three months old;
  • or letters from the Department of Work and Pensions or the tax office.

Proof of Income:

  • a recent letter from the Department of Work and Pensions saying that you or your parents/guardians receive Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit;
  • other recent proof, no more than three months old, that you or your parents/guardians are receiving Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit;
  • a Tax Credit award notice from HMRC (form TC602 or M1000) with a P60 or three months of payslips;
  • or a P60 with three months of payslips.

Proof of Residency

  • Documents or official letters, providing you are getting support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Please note that proof of residency should be no more than three months old and the address on the documents should be the same as the address on your current college record.

Attendance and Payment Policy

Financial support through IFS will depend on your attendance and performance, which will be tracked on a regular basis. 

It is down to you to check your attendance, your emails and be proactive – if you feel that a register mark is incorrect, you must see your subject teacher first.

All planned absences must be recorded on a 'Planned Absence Form' form at least two working days prior to the absence taking place. This form is available from Student Services (W29). This absence will not be automatically authorised and will depend on the reason for the absence. Holidays are not an acceptable reason for absence and cannot be authorised.

Punctuality is a key aspect of attendance. Itchen students are expected to attend all lessons and tutor sessions on time. It is college policy that if you arrive five minutes after the start time of your lesson you are marked as ‘late’ and if you arrive any later you will be marked as ‘very late’. Poor punctuality could result in your support payments being stopped. However, even if you arrive late to a lesson, you should still attend.

In lessons, you must engage in the class and show appropriate behaviour that allows both you and others to learn. Failure to behave appropriately and complete your work will affect  your progress towards your learning goals and may also affect your financial support throughout the year.

Appealing against declined IFS payment claims

To appeal against a stopped payment due to absence, email Bridget Jones, Guidance and Support Manager ( In the email, state fully your reasons for appeal. The Senior Leadership Team will make final decisions regarding appeals and their decision will be final.