Financial Support

At Itchen we continue to offer financial support to students (both current and new applicants) in the following ways. The Itchen Maintenance Award is split into two types of funding support, full and discretionary:

Discretionary IMA

If you are aged between 16 and 19 years and need assistance with the costs for education you may be eligible for Itchen College Maintenance Award. 

The IMA comprises weekly cash payments directly into a students' bank account. The cash IMA is awarded, as opposed to offering vouchers for meals or for books, as we want students to continue managing their own money as part of the process of becoming an adult. Students must adhere to the College Attendance Policy paying particular attention to attendance, behaviour and attainment whilst at college.

If you are receiving one of the following, your son/daughter may be eligible to apply:

  • Universal Credit
  • Support under part V1 of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Employment and Support Allowance Income Related (ESA)
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Families in receipt of Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit provided that their annual income as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does not exceed £16,190.
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income Support (IS)

To receive the maximum amount your course must last for 30 weeks or more.

For more information please contact our IMA Administrator in Student Services on 02380 435636 ext. 269.

Full IMA

Students in the following groups may receive the maximum IMA of £1,200 a year. The IMA comprises weekly cash payments directly into a students' bank account. The cash IMA is awarded, as opposed to offering vouchers for meals or for books, as we want students to continue managing their own money as part of the process of becoming an adult. Students must adhere to the College Attendance Policy paying particular attention to attendance, behaviour and attainment whilst at college.

  • Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance and Living Allowance in their own name
  • Young people claiming Universal Credit in their own name
  • Young people claiming Income Support in their own name
  • Young people in care
  • Care leavers

In cases of hardship students should approach their Tutor Team Manager (TTM) for advice or contact Ginny Wythe, Head of Student Services, on (023) 8043 5636 ext 250 or email gwythe@itchen.ac.uk

You can also contact Ginny for information about any of our financial support.