16 to 19 Bursary Fund

Eligibility

A bursary is available to anyone aged 16-19 to help with education-related costs if they are studying at a publicly funded school or college in England (not a university) or on a training course, including unpaid work experience.

A bursary is available for 19 and over adults if  they are either continuing on a course started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ’19+ continuer’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

A bursary  can be used to pay for things including: devices, internet access, clothing, books and other course equipment, transport and lunch study/training days

Types of bursary

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursary:

  • a bursary for students in vulnerable groups - awards of up to £1,200, if one of the following applies:
    • in or recently left local authority care
    • receiving Income Support or Universal Credit due to financial self-support
    • receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in own name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
    • receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in own name and either ESA or Universal Credit
    • depending on individual circumstances
    • Full bursary may be awarded student has expenses and is on a full-time course of at least 30 weeks.
    • Bursary may be limited, or no bursary, if one of the following apply:
      • your course is shorter than 30 weeks
      • you study part time
      • you have few expenses
  • a discretionary bursary - available for students who do not fall into the vulnerable groups. Award amount and terms determined by training provider. Over 19s are only eligible for the discretionary bursary.  
    • Criteria will be determined and communicated by the school or college.
    • Awards made based on individual circumstances - typically includes family income.
    • Discretionary bursary available to over 19 if - continuing on a course started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ‘19+ continuer’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

How to claim

Apply to your school, college or training provider. Ask student services or your tutor to explain what you need to do.

When to apply

Applications should be made once 16-19 school/college is known. May need to reapply annually.

Useful links:

16 to 19 Bursary Fund

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