Frequently Asked Questions
Q1 When can I apply?
We will accept applications for grants at any time in the year. However, in order to ensure fairness in our method of allocation, we will normally allocate grants as shown below. In exceptional circumstances we can make a grant in between Grant Meetings
- Closing Date For Applications: 15 February / 15 May / 15 October
- Allocate Funding and Notify Applicants: Mid March / Mid June / Mid November
Q2 How will the Fees be paid?
We will normally pay fees direct to the school or university/college concerned by BACS.
Q3 I see the Trust only offers grants for Years 2 and 3 at University. Can I apply for a University grant before I have started my course?
We only make university related grants for years 2 and 3 of attendance. This allows us to ensure that you are committed to your studies by passing successfully through your first year at University. However, we understand that this might present financial worries for students and parents and therefore will allow applications from students in the final year of their A Levels or equivalent. Successful applicants will then receive a provisional grant for University Years 2 and 3. In doing this we hope to provide the necessary assurance of support for the following two years.
Q4 Can I apply for expenses?
In exceptional circumstances we will consider additional requests for expenses (up to a maximum of £3,000 per year). An example might be where a child is to receive a 100% grant for school fees but will be unable to attend because of the cost of extras which allow the child to participate in the activities necessary for full benefit from the school programme.
Q5 Will a School grant be available for longer than one year?
If the parents or guardians’ financial circumstances do not change, we will always aim to make our grants available for a child’s full period at school (or college). However, please note that the means testing is an annual requirement, so if parents or guardians are able to contribute to fees at a later date, they will be expected to do so.
Q6 How will the applicants be means tested?
We have a fairly straightforward form for this process and we tend to judge applications primarily on the basis of gross income to the family and the family’s savings. However, we also take into account a range of other criteria including, for example: How many other brothers and sisters are in the family? How long did the qualifying person serve in the Forces? Were they injured in service? Please do note though that the final decision on who will receive grants is at the absolute discretion of the Trustees.
Q7 I see that the Trust has a relationship with Cognita. Is this significant in deciding who will receive School grants?
The Trust does have an agreement with Cognita which means it receives discounted fees should it place a child at a Cognita school. The Trust wants to assist as many young people as possible and making use of Cognita’s discounts will be beneficial in this. So if the application is to join a Cognita school, this might help its likelihood of success, though we must stress that it is absolutely not a requirement. Information about Cognita and a list of Cognita schools can be found at: http://www.cognitaschools.com/