16-19 Bursary Fund Policy and Guidelines 2021-22
The decision to authorise payments will be made by the Bursary Panel. The Bursary Panel will meet on a termly basis to consider requests for financial assistance. Panel meetings will happen every term on the Monday immediately after the deadline. In order to be eligible for a bursary payment, students will need to complete the Bursary Application Form prior to this meeting. The Panel’s deliberations and decision will be based upon the guidance provided by the DfE.
What is a bursary for?
A bursary is money that you, or the Sixth Form, can use to pay for things like:
- clothing, books and other equipment for your course;
- transport and lunch on days you study or train.
- be at least 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2021;
- study at our Sixth Form; and
- meet the residency requirements – we can check this for you.
Bursary for students in vulnerable groups
You may be able to get a bursary if at least one of the following applies:
- you are in, or you recently left, local authority care;
- you get Income Support or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself;
- you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit; or
- you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit.
The amount you may get depends on the costs you have and what you need for your course. This might include money for books, equipment or travel costs to our Sixth Form.
Each school or college has their own criteria for discretionary bursaries. We will look at your individual circumstances – this usually includes your family income. Ask the Head of Sixth Form about our criteria and the evidence you will need.
You can apply for a discretionary bursary if you are over 19 and either:
- continuing on a course you started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ‘19+ continuer’); or
- have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
How to claim
Students must complete the Bursary Application Form, which also lists the documentation that students need to provide. If the application is successful, the student is accepted onto the bursary scheme. Students are required to make requests for the specific amounts they need via a claim form. Students can make a claim for each of the six school terms, by the following deadline dates:
|Term||Deadline for Application||Date payment will be made by|
|1||30th September||1st October|
|2||18th November||18th December|
|3||13th January||13th February|
|4||3rd March||3rd April|
|5||5th May||6th June|
|6||16th June||16th July|
Note: Bursary funds are limited and once funds are fully allocated, no further funds will be available; there is no guarantee of multiple payments. All claims, where possible, need to be accompanied by receipts. If an application is successful, the student will receive a letter confirming when the money will be deposited into their account.
Claim forms must be completed for each term and are available from the Secondary and Sixth Form School Office.
16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form
Please return the completed 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form [Word] and evidence to Mrs J Logan, Director of Finance & Administration, by the deadline stated in the guidance above.