Since September 2011, young people who need some financial support to help them stay in education or training after the age of 16 can apply to their school, college or training provider for the new 16 -19 Bursary Fund.
Those most in need will be eligible for mandatory bursary contributions during their study. This includes young people in care, care leavers, and young carers. Additionally, young people whose families receive income support, child tax credits, council tax allowance, disability allowance or free school meals, may also be eligible.
Other students facing financial difficulties may also be able to claim a discretionary bursary to help with costs of transport, food, equipment or other course-related costs.
These applicants are means tested and will be judged on merit. Those eligible will typically fall into one of three categories identified in the School Bursary Policy.
Priority will be given as follows:
- Young people from households where the income is under £16,190 per year.
- Young people from households where the income is between £16,190 and £35,000.
- Individual circumstances.
Note: Discretionary bursary payments do not take the form of a cash payment.
You have to apply directly to your school, or training provider for a bursary. In most cases they decide on the amount you could receive, it is paid, and what conditions they might attach. For advice speak to the Sixth Form Team, your tutor, or go to: www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund