16-19 Bursary Fund

 

Newlands Girls’ School

 

16-19 Bursary Fund 2019/20

 

Information for Parents/Carers

 

1.     What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

           The School has been allocated funding from the Government to enable us to

           provide financial assistance to students who face a financial barrier to continuing

           in their education.

 

2.     What is it for?

            The 16-19 Bursary is a limited fund made available for supporting eligible young

            people with the costs of transport, food, books, educational visits or other course

            materials or equipment essential to successfully completing their programme of

            study.

 

3.      Who is it for?

             The 16-19 Bursary is targeted towards those young people considered most in

             need of financial support.  The Government has identified a priority group of

             young people and have asked that Schools give priority to this group first and

             offer them a Guaranteed Bursary.

 

             After this group has been considered, the School expect to have a small amount

             of funding available for other young people in need of financial support.  The

             School has set eligibility criteria to ensure the remaining funds go to those

             who are seen to need it most.  Any young person who meets the eligibility

             criteria can apply for a Discretionary Bursary to help with costs of studying.

 

4.     What are the eligibility criteria?

            Students can apply for a Bursary if they are aged 16, 17 or 18 at 31st August

            2019, meet the national residency requirements and at least one of the criteria

            listed below.

 

            They can apply for a Guaranteed Bursary if they are:

  ·        currently or have previously been looked after by the Local Authority, and/or

  ·        in receipt of Income Support  or Universal Credit in their own right; and/or;

  ·        disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and     

  Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.

 

             They can apply for a Discretionary Bursary if either:

   ·        your gross annual household income does not exceed £22,000 even if in           receipt of working tax credit and/or;

   ·        they or a brother/sister, qualifies for Free School Meals (FSM), and/or;

   ·        you receive a certain type of income-based benefit:

    -        Income Based Jobseekers Allowance

    -        Income-related Employment & Support Allowance

    -        Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

 

5.     Can they still apply if they don’t meet the eligibility criteria?

            Yes, providing they meet the age and residency eligibility criteria.  The School is             keeping back some of the available 16-19 Bursary Fund for exceptional    

            circumstances for one-off payments or additional support.

 

      6.     How and when do they apply?

            To apply, they must complete the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form

             and submit this to Miss Bretherton (Sixth Form Learning Mentor) with the correct

            supporting evidence by 4th October 2019. 

 

            They can apply for a Bursary at any point in the year but those applying before

            the date above will be given priority.  Bursaries can only be made after this date

            if sufficient funds are available.  The Bursary scheme will close when the funds

            allocated have been used.

 

7.     How much is the Bursary?

             The Guaranteed Bursary is up to £1,200 and the Discretionary Bursary is up to

            £800.  The exact amount is dependent on individual circumstances and funds

            available.

 

8.     Will the Bursary affect any benefits you may be receiving?

           No, it will not affect any benefits or financial support you are receiving from

           elsewhere.

 

9.     How and when does it get paid?

            If your daughter applies and is successful, they will need a Bank Account in their

            own name for the Bursary to be paid directly into.  It will be paid in three

            instalments:  November 2019 (50%), January 2020 (30%) and March 2020

            (20%) subject to them meeting attendance, punctuality and satisfactory

               behaviour conditions.

 

10.  How do I find out more?

            If your daughter wishes to make an application she should request a full

            application pack from Miss Bretherton - Sixth Form Learning Mentor as

             soon as possible. The application pack will contain the 16-19 Bursary

            Fund Procedure which provides further information, including details on eligibility

            criteria and supporting evidence needed.

 

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