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16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.

 sixth form students study

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

  • A vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups
  • Discretionary bursaries which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment.

Who is eligible?

Vulnerable Student Bursary

To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must be in one of the defined vulnerable groups:

  • In care
  • Care leavers
  • In receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.

Discretionary Bursary

Some students will be eligible for the discretionary bursary which will initially be based upon students in receipt of free school meals.

Free meals are targeted at disadvantaged students. Free meals in further education defines disadvantage as students being in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income –based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income –related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or a parent/guardian on their behalf, have made a successful application to the institution where they are enrolled.

If you meet either or both of the above criteria and are a new applicant you will need to complete a 19-19 Bursary Fund Application form.

There may be exceptional circumstances which makes you eligible for a bursary even if you do not meet the criteria.  If you think this is the case, then we will need an application form completing and you will need to speak to a member of the sixth form team.

What evidence will be required?

To support your application form, family income evidence will be required, such as:

  • Letter from DW&P confirming benefits
  • P60
  • Tax Credit Award Notice
  • Evidence of annual income if self employed

 As well as the above, in order to be accepted and maintain the bursary, students are expected to:

  • Have 95% attendance or above
  • Have an acceptable behaviour record
  • Meet course requirements

Further details and guidance is available at the government website (which also includes links to other financial support available):

Already in receipt of a bursary?

If you are already in receipt of the 16-19 Bursary and simply wish to renew your application for a new school academic year you need to complete a renewal form - contact the Sixth Form office.

If you require any further details about the fund you can contact:

Mrs Burdekin, Head of Sixth Form:


Tel:  0114 2372723 ext 716