What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
The Government has set aside some money for schools, colleges, training
providers and local authorities to allocate to young people who need financial
support to stay on in further education or training. This is called the 16-19
Bursary Fund. There are two types of bursaries, guaranteed bursaries and
It could help you with any education-related costs that may arise during the
school year, including essentials like a meal during the day or transport to
college. Or you may need extra help to buy additional books, clothing or
equipment for your course, or pay for educational visits.
A guaranteed bursary of £1200 is available to students who meet the criteria
below. To qualify for this bursary award a student must be either:
in care (including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children)
§ care leaver
§ in receipt of
Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right
§ in receipt of
Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living
Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
the bursary will be paid monthly. The bursary may be paid ‘in kind’ – e.g. the
college may purchase equipment etc. on your behalf. Payments will be sent by BACS to your Bank
We welcome applications for the Discretionary Bursary award from students whose
household income is below £21,000 per year. Please refer to section
“Availability of Funding” below. The Discretionary Bursary Award is to help
students with transport costs, equipment, trips.
Funding may be withdrawn for students who fail to attend regularly
When approved, the bursary will be paid monthly. The bursary may be paid ‘in
kind’. Payments will be sent by BACS to
your Bank Account
Availability of Funding
The college will help as many students as possible with the funding available
but will prioritise those in most need. At present we are uncertain of the
number of applicants and funding available to the college for 2014/15 and
therefore cannot guarantee financial assistance in every case but welcome
Who can apply?
To apply for a bursary you must be aged between 16 and 19 and in full-time
How do I apply?
To apply for a
bursary please see Mrs Dalton in the Finance Office for an application form.
completed application form and all required documentation to Mrs Dalton in the
What do I include?
with your application form photocopies of your current P60 or tax return if
self-employed, pension income. All documentation for universal credit or
working tax credit and child tax credit. All documentation for housing benefit,
council tax benefit, job seekers allowance, disability living allowance and any
other household income you may be in receipt of.
Also include a copy of your current Council Tax bill.
Failure to send all the necessary evidence will result in your application
being delayed. Please remember to sign the form on completion.
I got bursary last year, do I need to re-apply?
Yes. You will need to collect a new form from Mrs Dalton at the start of
the school year.
How will my bursary be paid?
Your bursary will be paid by BACS into your bank account. College may also make payments in kind which
means instead of receiving money you could get meals or equipment for your
Can college tell me what to spend my bursary on?
Yes, your bursary is to help pay for things you really need to stay on at
college. We can insist that your bursary is spent on travel costs, meals during
the day or equipment for your courses.
Can I have help with the cost of trips or equipment?
Dependant on the number of successful applications and monies available we
would like to be able to help students with some of the cost of essential
Can college stop my bursary payments?
Yes. You will be asked to sign a bursary contract which details the conditions under
which your bursary will be paid. Typically these conditions will include
attendance, lateness & behaviour.
If I can’t attend college because of illness, medical appointments or
authorised absences will I still receive my bursary?
Yes. A parent or carer will need to phone College on 0161 980 2711 every day
you are absent due to illness to authorise your sickness, or medical
Authorised absences will not result in your payments being withheld.
Holidays are not authorised absences.