16 to 19 Bursary Fund
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome the specific financial barriers to participation they face so they can remain in education.
There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:
1. Bursaries for defined vulnerable groups
The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:
• in care
• care leavers
• receiving Income Support (IS), or Universal Credit (UC) because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner
• receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or UC in their own right
2. Discretionary bursaries - Students who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM)
• Institutions must base all decisions about which students receive a discretionary bursary and how much bursary they receive on each student’s individual circumstances and their actual financial need. These will vary from student to student, depending on, for example, eligibility based on household income, and their actual financial needs such as the distance they need to travel to the institution and the requirements of their study programme
The Director of Sixth Form may identify a student who does not fit into types 1 or 2 but is in need of immediate financial support. Any student who falls into this category will be required to provide appropriate evidence of their hardship and consequent need to receive this discretionary payment.
To view our 16-19 Bursary Fund policy please click here