Residential Support Scheme (RSS)
Through the Residential Support Scheme (RSS), you may be able to get help with the cost of term-time accommodation if you’re studying a further education course that’s far from your home.
How much you get depends on your household income.
NB The Henley College cannot confirm to any student whether they are eligible for RSS, or make any RSS payments, until all the eligibility checks have been completed and verified from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
- be at least 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2020
- meet the residency requirements
- not be on housing benefit
- have a household income of less than £30,993
- be studying your first level 2 or level 3 qualification (for example 2 or more A levels, a diploma or a national vocational qualification)
You may be eligible if you’re 19 and either:
- continuing on a course you started aged 16 to 18
- have an education, health and care plan (EHCP)
Your course must:
- not be at a specialist residential centre
- be full-time at a college in England
- be ‘16 to 19 funded’
Your course must also be more than either 15 miles or a 2 hour round trip from your home, and not available any closer than that.
What you’ll get
The table shows the maximum you can get each year. The actual amount you can get depends on your accommodation costs.
|Gross household income||Studying outside London|
|Up to £21,000||Up to £3,458|
|£21,001 to £25,704||Up to £2,305|
|£25,705 to £30,993||Up to £1,152|
|£30,994 or more||
You can get payments for a maximum of 3 years.
You will be required to provide photocopies of the below documentation.
Evidence must be photocopied/scanned and must be saved as a PDF (images e.g. jpegs CANNOT be accepted. The PDFs must only have the document saved, with all of the page clearly shown. There cannot be any background imagery visible). Please make sure that the evidence you submit clearly identifies the household income as the ESFA will reject applications without sufficient documentation to support the claim.
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1. Proof of household income:
We require evidence in the form of ONE of the below options to confirm household income.
- ALL PAGES of your household's Tax Credit award notice (TC602) dated 2020.
- THREE most recent Universal Credit statements each showing the net monthly earnings/ take home pay (e.g. if applying in July 2020 the three most recent statements will be April, May and June 2020).
- An income assessed benefit letter dated within the past three months AND a current bank statement indicating the benefit payment (please highlight the relevant payment where possible). For example; Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance. Income assessed benefits do not include; Personal Independence payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Child Benefit and Carers Allowance.
- For self-employment; an accountants letter stating projected earnings for 2020-21 OR all pages of your HMRC SA302 certificate for the tax year ending 5 April 2019.
- If not eligible for one of the above you must provide a Council Tax Bill (or Tenancy Agreement) AND three months wage slips AND a recent P60 for each adult in the household.
2. Tenancy agreement:
We can accept a copy of the student’s tenancy agreement. The tenancy agreement must have been agreed and signed by the student. It must include the following information:
- the student’s name
- the student’s term time address
- the dates of the tenancy
- the cost of the rent
- the landlord’s name, address and signature (please note: the landlord cannot be related to the student)
3. Proof of rental payments for claims that are made after the start of your course(s):
RSS payments will be paid into the Landlord's bank account. However, if rental payments have been paid before The Henley College has completed the assessment of the student's RSS application, reimbursements can be paid to the student, as long as the rental period the student has paid for is within the agreed period of the RSS award.
Please provide bank statements and highlight the rental payments.
How to claim
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form and help with applying.