The following information is for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.
There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:
- bursaries for defined vulnerable groups. For those most in need, a bursary of £1,200 will be available.
- discretionary bursaries which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment
To be eligible for support, a student must meet the residency criteria in the ESFA funding regulations must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2018.
The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:
- in care including in foster care
- care leavers – a young person aged 16 or 17 who was previously looked after subject to certain conditions
- receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit 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 or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right
Institutions make discretionary bursary awards to students to help them overcome the individual barriers to participation they face, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment. Payments typically range from £125 - £500 per academic year.
Payment of the bursary is subject to William Farr’s high expectation of behaviour, progress and attendance (above 90%).
Students should apply by completing an application form (available from the school) and include any evidence to support their application. Students will then receive notification in writing about whether their application has been successful. If successful, money will be paid directly into the student's bank account. Students can apply at any time should there be a change in circumstances.
For more advice go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide-2018-to-2019-academic-year