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 or other education provider concerned by BACS.
Q3 Does the Trust offer grants for university?
Now that most undergraduate courses are eligible for a loan to pay for fees we rarely give grants for this purpose and even if we do, 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. In some circumstances the Trust will support accommodation related charges where a maintenance grant is not available but this will be on a means tested basis and only for years 2 and 3 as above.
Q4 Can I apply for expenses?
In exceptional circumstances, we will consider additional requests for expenses (up to an agreed limit). 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 essential 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 to allow a child to complete the full period at school (or college) up to the next obvious break ie to GSCEs. 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 Can I get a grant to top up our Continued Education Allowance?
No. Continued Education (Boarding School) Allowance is paid up to a maximum value with parents being expected to pay 10% of the fees plus any excess. However, the Trustees may consider an application for other specific education related costs not covered by CEA.
Q7 Can I get a grant when I leave the services and CEA stops?
Serving parents are generally able to anticipate the effect of their leaving the service on the education of their children and thus make arrangements for continuation of their education. The Trust does appreciate however that at times this is not possible, particularly when unforeseen circumstances cause an end to a service career and also when children are in an important/ exam year when their parent leaves. In these situations the Trustees may consider an application for short term support up to the original CEA element.
Q8 How will the applicants be means tested?
We have a fairly straightforward form for this process and means test applications on the basis of the family’s joint income (from work,pensions and benefits), savings and regular outgoings. However, we also take into account a range of other criteria including, for example: How has the child been impacted by his parents’ service? Are either parent still serving? How long did the qualifying person serve in the Forces? Has any injury while serving impacted their ability to work? Please do note though that the final decision on who will receive grants is at the absolute discretion of the Trustees.
Q9 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 provide a grant for 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 and nor does an application from someone with a child in a Cognita School guarantee a grant from the Trust. Information about Cognita and a list of Cognita schools can be found at: http://www.cognitaschools.com/