The 16-19 Bursary Fund has been setup by government to support young people who face financial barriers to continuing in post 16 education. There are two types of bursaries available, the Vulnerable Bursary and a Discretionary Bursary.
A young person is eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary of £1,200 if they are aged between 16 and 19 (under 19 on the 31st August 2012) and fall into one of the categories below:
• The Young person is in care
• The Young person is a care leaver
• The Young person (not their parents) is in receipt of income support (Universal Credit payment from April 2013)
• The Young person (not their parents) is in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (Personal Independence Payment from April 2015) and Employment Support Allowance.
Pupils could also be eligible for some financial support or ‘in kind’ support through a discretionary bursary if the pupil parents / carers are in receipt of:
- Income Support or an equivalent benefit (Universal Credit payment from April 2013)
In addition if the parent / carers household income is within one of the thresholds below or the pupil is claiming Free School Meals then an application will be considered.
Income Eligibility Thresholds.
Student Tier A – Students whose Household income is less than £16,190 may be awarded a Bursary up to £350
Student Tier B – Students whose home Household income is less than £20,817 may be awarded a Bursary up to £250
Student Tier C – Students whose home Household income is less than £25,521 may be awarded a Bursary up to £200.
In all cases payments from either the Vulnerable or Discretionary Bursary must be used to support the pupil in learning and education post 16. Parents / carers will need to clearly indicate, on the application form, how the bursary will be used to support the pupils learning and education post 16. In addition documentary evidence will need to be provided.
We would urge parents / carers to complete an application form if they believe they are entitled to a bursary. If parents / carers are not sure if are entitled, need further information, need help completing the form or obtaining the required evidence please contact Adam Tapp, Business Manager.