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    Hi,

    I'm in need of some advice. I've been looking at doing an Access Course this year and have been offered a place, last minute, starting next week. I have to enrol as soon as possible in order to secure my place but I'm unsure how I can finance it. I originally applied to another college to do a different Access and GCSE which I could afford, as they had different support funds available and could guarantee I would be offered support. However I've since been offered this course and I feel this will get me in a better position sooner as I would be doing a single subject, I think I'm good at.

    I've already had to resign from my job as I work full time and the course was 2 1/2 days a week and they were unable to move my hours or keep me part time. I will hopefully be able to do ad hoc hours but that isn't certain.

    I've since been informed by the college (they have take a while to look into options) that they can't necessarily secure any funds for me and I'd have to wait until October when they decide if I'm approved. I could leave the course if it isn't approved but this wouldn't be an option as I'd be unemployed with no course.

    I live at home but my parent earns more than the College's support fund target aim and my job is also over the limit until a week's time. Can anyone offer any advice as to what I can do? I've considered registering for JSA but I would need to provide a letter at enrolment and I'm not unemployed until a week's time.

    Hope someone can offer advice.

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    Do you mean to finance the course or finance your living costs while attending?

    On the former there are things like the 24+ learning loan for those without level 3 qualifications. Also colleges have some bursary funds though I understand these are quite limited and only rally cover travel costs and child care.

    I think some banks might be able to help with a student account which could offer some interest free overdraft?
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    I'm not sure you'd be eligible for JSA, you'd need to be looking for jobs and willing to drop out of your access course if you found one. Also, I think you can't get JSA for a certain period of time after you've quit a job.
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    I wouldn't be able to get a loan from the bank, I'm looking at options to fund the course at the moment.

    I left my job as the College I was originally going to, had guaranteed to fund my place and therefore I didn't have any concerns. However I've since had to change courses as the extra Maths would cause me to loose too much money in living expenses by using up another day I could be working (it was going to be the evening) and the College also said 2 weeks ago, funding would be for half the cost only now.

    Do JSA write to previous employers? Would I actually need a letter from JSA or would a reference number be ok?

    Thanks


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