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16-19 Bursary Fund 2021/22

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) closed to new applicants on 1st January 2011.  The EMA has been partially replaced by a limited 16-19 Bursary Fund and the School has been allocated a proportion of this for the purpose of supporting financially disadvantaged young people taking up or continuing in their education or training post-16.


What is it for?

The 16-19 Bursary is a limited fund made available for supporting eligible young people with the costs of transport, food, books, educational visits or other course materials or equipment essential to successfully completing their programme of study.


Who is it for?

The 16-19 Bursary is targeted towards those young people considered most in need of financial support.  The Government has identified a priority group of young people and have asked that Schools give priority to this group first and offer them a Vulnerable Student Bursary.


After this group has been considered, the School expect to have a small amount of funding available for other young people in need of financial support.  The School has set eligibility criteria to ensure the remaining funds go to those who are seen to need it most.  Any young person who meets these eligibility criteria can apply for a Discretionary Bursary.


What are the eligibility criteria?

Young people can apply for a Bursary if they are aged 16, 17 or 18 at 31st August 2017, meet the national residency requirements and at least one of the criteria listed below.


They can apply for a Vulnerable Student Bursary if they are:

  • currently or have previously been looked after by the Local Authority, and/or;
  • in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right, and/or;
  • disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP).


They can apply for a Discretionary Bursary if either:


they the household receive either:


  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment


they feel the granting of a Discretionary Bursary would enable them to remain in education.


How and When to apply?


To apply, they must complete the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form and submit this to the 6th Form Office with the correct supporting evidence as early as possible in the school year.


They can apply for a Bursary at any point in the year but those applying earlier in the year will be given priority.  Bursaries can only be made later in the year if sufficient funds are available.  The Bursary scheme will close when the funds allocated have been used.


How much is the Bursary?

The Vulnerable Student Bursary is up to £1,200 per annum and the Discretionary Bursary is dependent on individual circumstances and funds available.


Will the Bursary affect any benefits I may be receiving?

No, it will not affect any benefits or financial support you are receiving from elsewhere.


How and when does it get paid?

The young person will need a Bank Account for the Bursary to be paid directly into.  It may be paid in one lump sum or may be paid monthly subject to them meeting attendance, punctuality and satisfactory behaviour conditions.