1st Round: 7 September 2016 - 21 October 2016

2nd Round: 3 January 2017 - 10 February 2017

3rd Round: 18 April 2017 - 26 May 2017




What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The fund is made available from the government through its funding body – Education Funding Agency (EFA) for 16-18 year olds - to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The new 16-19 year old bursary scheme has been put in place as a partial replacement for Education Maintenance Allowance.


Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students following government (EFA) funded full time or part-time courses, who are 16 years and over and satisfy one or more of the following criteria:-

Students aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31/08/16 who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

Students who have been in care, on probation, are young parents or are otherwise considered at risk.

Lone parents

Students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and at risk of not taking up or continuing in their education. This group includes students with physical or other disabilities, medical conditions and/or learning difficulties.

Asylum seekers

Refugees (who will have access to 16-19 Bursary Funding if they are in receipt of supportive evidence from DWP).


Who is not eligible for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age on 31/08/16.

Students who do not meet the residency qualifications


How does the Academy assess applications and allocate 16-19 Bursary funding?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the Academy will prioritise allocation. There will be 3 priority groups, categorised as high, medium and low.


High priority group: 

Students aged over 16 or under 19 on 31/08/16 and who fall into one of the following categories: 

Are currently in care (as defined by social services)

Are leaving or have recently left care 

Are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance 

Are in receipt of Income Support in their own name


Eligible students will be guaranteed a £1200 bursary plus support for other costs such as transport, equipment etc. Subject to meeting agreed attendance and behaviour criteria. 

Payments will be made on a monthly basis of £120 per month, over ten months.


Medium priority group:

Students aged over 16 or under 19 on 31/08/16 and who fall into the following category: 

Have a gross annual household income of below £20,000


Eligible students in this group may be eligible for a contribution towards: 

Essential course equipment, trips, uniforms, materials, etc. 

Financial support towards childcare costs and exam re-sit fees if aged 19 or under on 31/08/16 

A possible cash bursary, of at least £100, if aged over 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2016, dependent on meeting agreed attendance and behaviour criteria. This will be subject to availability of funds.



Low priority group 

Students aged over 16 or under 19 on 31/08/16 and who fall into the following category 

Have a gross annual household income of between £20,000 and £25,000


Those in the low priority group will be considered for funding based on the Academy allocation and subject to available funding after those in the high and medium priority groups have been awarded. In some cases awards may not be made until after 31 December 2016. Students in this group may get a contribution towards the cost of essential course equipment, uniforms and transport costs (they may also receive a cash bursary if aged under 19 on 31/08/16, if funds permit). 

Payments will be made on “as needed” basis. 



What should students/parents/carers do now? 

Students should enrol on the course/s of their choice at the beginning of September. 

Students and Parents/Carers should then look at the guidelines produced by the Department for Education to investigate any entitlement to financial support. 

Students should complete the Bursary Application Form with information regarding their needs. 

Parents/carers should complete the evidence section of the Bursary Application Form. 

A decision will be taken by the Sixth Form Manager. 

This decision will be reported back to the student and parent/carer. 

In the case of a successful Application, arrangements will be made with the individual student regarding the distribution of the money/goods which have been applied for. 

In the case of an unsuccessful Application, if the student wishes to lodge an Appeal, this should then be completed and handed to the Sixth Form Manager who will liaise with the Academy which has been chosen to hear the Appeal. 

A final decision will then be reported back to the student/carer. 

All funding for Post 16 students is overseen by the EFA. There will be an audit of the disbursal of all Bursary Monies by an external Auditor.

Useful Website: https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/overview


The Education Funding Agency have published updated versions of the student support guides for 2017 to 2018 academic year. The guides explain the eligibility, purpose and operation of the following schemes: