College launches DMA package

Stoke-on-Trent College has stepped in to help potential students who face a financial struggle to continue in education.

Hundreds of North Staffordshire students lost out when the Government scrapped the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Now Stoke-on-Trent College has decided to provide its own financial assistance schemes to help these students.

Under the new Stoke-on-Trent College Discretionary Maintenance Allowance (DMA) scheme, students aged 16-18 could get assistance worth up to £1,000 a year.

And the Stoke-on-Trent College Bursary is being introduced to benefit adult learners. Students aged 19 or over could get assistance with course fees worth up to £1,400 a year.

Stoke-on-Trent College Principal, Sarah Robinson, said: “We are committed to providing education for all at Stoke-on-Trent College and recognise that there are families who struggle with the cost of sending their children to college.

“We also want to help adults who often find it difficult to further their education on a low wage.

“Stoke-on-Trent College is well known for its vocational courses which equip students with the skills necessary to get the job they are looking for.

“By giving people access to vocational education we believe we have an important role to play in providing economic growth for the future of North Staffordshire and its residents.”

The assistance scheme will be available to new students starting college in September.

A hotline has been set up for applicants – 01782 603604.

The offer for students aged 19+ is only available to people who apply by 31 July, 2011.

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