16 – 19 Bursary

16 – 19 Bursary

  1. Overview

You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 studying at school or college (not university) in England

What a bursary is for

A bursary is money that you can use to pay for things like:

  • clothing, books and other equipment for your course
  • transport and lunch on days you study
  1. What you’ll get

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursary.

Vulnerable student bursary

You could get a bursary worth up to £1,200, depending on your circumstances and benefits.

Discretionary bursary

You could get a discretionary bursary if you need financial help but don’t qualify for a vulnerable student bursary.

How your bursary is paid

You will get a set amount of money each half term provided that you follow the guidelines for attendance etc. as set out in the guidance booklet.

  1. Eligibility

You must be:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for
  • studying at school or college, or on an unpaid training course

Who can get a bursary

Vulnerable student bursary

You could get up to £1,200 if at least 1 of the following applies:

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

If you’re a parent you’ll also need to be living away from your own parents to qualify.

You may get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.

You’ll be told what evidence you need, eg benefit letters.

Discretionary bursary

  1. How to claim

Fill in the application form and return to the student support officer.

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When to apply

Apply once you know where you’ll study or train, so you’ll get your bursary as soon as possible.

You might need to reapply for a bursary for each year of your course.

  1. Further information

The student support officer can help you decide if you’re eligible for a bursary and explain how to apply.

If you’ve a question they can’t answer you can contact the Education Funding Agency (EFA), or they might do this for you.

Education Funding Agency (EFA) 1619bursaryfund.EFA@education.gsi.gov.uk

Read more detailed guidance on the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.