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Sixth Form Bursary

What is the Bursary Fund?


The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a scheme to help young people facing financial hardship to stay on in full time education after Year 11.


The scheme comprises two parts:

  1. A vulnerable bursary

  2. A discretionary bursary


  1. Eligibility


To be eligible to receive a bursary you must be:

  • Aged over 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2022

  • Aged 19 or over at 31 August 2022 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

  • Aged 19 or over at 31 August 2022 and continuing on a study programme they began aged 16-18

  • Must be on a full time programme of study

  • Meet the residency criteria in ESFA 2022-23 academic year funding regulations for post-16 provision (Appendix A)


Bursaries will not be paid to:

  • Students undertaking either full time HE programmes or fully funded Skills Funding Agency or any EFA funding model.

  • Students from overseas whose main reason for residence in England or the EEA has been attendance at a fee paying college or non-maintained college.

  • All students living in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man remain ineligible for funding.

  • Students on waged Apprenticeships

  • Students in prison or a young offender institution or who have been released on temporary licence.

  • Accompanied asylum seekers.


1.1 Vulnerable Bursaries

You can apply for a vulnerable bursary of up to £1200 if you fall into one of the following areas:

  • You are in care.

  • You are a care leaver.

  • You are receiving Income Support or Universal Credit in place of Income Support in your own name.

  • You are receiving Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in your own name.


You will get £1,200 if you are studying a full time course for a minimum of 30 weeks.


1.2 Discretionary Bursaries


The initial allocation less vulnerable bursaries is made available to those applying for the Discretionary Bursaries. The eligibility criteria is based on:

  • Your family’s income

  • If your parents receive benefits

  • If you have been entitled to free school meals


You will be eligible to apply only if you are studying a full time course (540+hrs) for a minimum of 30 weeks.


Eligible Discretionary Bursary claims could be for:

  • Food

  • Travel support

  • Books/equipment/materials/specialist clothing

  • Exam retakes/UCAS fees

  • Help with educational visits


Students can apply for the Bursary Fund if:

  • They are eligible for free school meals or if your parents are claiming one of the following benefits:

  1. Income Support

  2. Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  3. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  4. Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  5. the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  6. Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  7. Working Tax Credit Run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • There are special circumstances related to financial hardship.


Only once all relevant paperwork and evidence has been received can a decision be made as to the entitlement level.


It is the responsibility of the student to provide suitable evidence and to provide a suitable argument as to why access to a bursary is required. The college reserves the right to withdraw payment at any time if the evidence provided is unclear/unsuitable or deemed fraudulent.


  1. How to Apply


The application will cover a single academic year in which the fund was applied to.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund form can be found below:


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