16 - 19 Bursary

The following information is for the 2020-2021 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 2020.

The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:

  • you’re in or recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit because you’re financially supporting yourself
  • you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit

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/1619-bursary-fund


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