16-19 Bursary Fund
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is money the government has given to local authorities, schools, colleges and other education and training providers (education institutions) to give to students who need financial help to stay in education.
To be eligible to receive a 16-19 Bursary in the 2018/19 academic year, the young person must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31 August 2018.
There are 2 types of bursaries:
- a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups listed below
- discretionary bursaries that institutions award to meet individual needs. For example, for transport, meals, books and equipment
1) Bursaries for Vulnerable Young People
The defined vulnerable groups are:
- Young people in care
- Care leavers
- Young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
- Young people in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payment) and Employment Support Allowance
2) Discretionary bursaries
If a student is not in one of the specific vulnerable groups, but needs financial help to stay in education, they can apply for a discretionary bursary. To apply they must be aged 16 or over but under 19 on 31/08/18 and fall into one of the following categories:
- Currently receive free school meals or have had them in the past six years
- Living in a household where the parent(s)/carer(s) are in receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit
- Income based jobseekers allowance
- Income related employment and support allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Living in a household where income and circumstances are presenting financial challenges to the family and therefore to the student.
The school will need proof of eligibility.
Funding is limited and is based on funds allocated by the ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency).
Students will be expected to sign a 16-19 Bursary Agreement which outlines the expectations Presdales School has with regard to attendance and standards of behaviour. Students eligible for the 16-19 Bursary must meet the criterion of 100% attendance, unless absence is authorised.
Parents and students should complete the application form and send it to Mrs M Stanley (Finance Manager) with supporting evidence.
The process of application and payments will remain confidential.
Further information is available from www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund