16-19 Bursary Fund

1.     What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

       In March 2011, the Government announced a new 16-19 Bursary Fund scheme to

       provide financial assistance to those young people who face a financial barrier to

       continuing in education or training post-16.  


      The School is committed to ensuring the Fund is used to support financially disadvantaged young

      people to continue their education post-16 and achieve their learning aims.


2.   What is it for?

      The 16-19 Bursary is a limited fund made available to support 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 to offer them a Guaranteed Bursary.


      After this group has been considered, the school expects 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 these

      eligibility criteria can apply for a Discretionary Bursary.


4.   What are the eligibility criteria?

      Young people can apply for a Bursary if they are aged 16, 17 or 18 at 31st August whilst in the Sixth

      Form, 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:

                     ·      the 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;

·        the family receives either an:

­   Income Based Jobseekers Allowance.

­   Income-related Employment and 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 keeps back some of the

    available 16-19 Bursary Fund for exceptional circumstances i.e. for one-off payments or additional



        6.   How and when do they apply?

    To apply students must complete the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form and submit this to the

    Sixth Form Learning Mentor and Administrator with the correct supporting evidence* by the first

    Friday in October.


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