16 – 19 ‘Vulnerable Student’ Bursary

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education. The bursary affords the indivudial up to £1,200 a year and must be re-applied for annually.

Age Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a bursary, the student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at the beginning of the academic year.

Residency Eligibility

Students must meet the residency criteria in ESFA funding regulations for post-16 provision.

The defined vulnerable groups are students who meet one or more the criteria as outlined below:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

How to apply

Should you wish to apply for a vulnerable student bursary on behalf of your son/daughter, please provide us with the most recent copy of your DLA and/or PIP together with a cover letter stating how this money will be used to support your child in education (e.g. transport, vocational equipment).

Please note that, if eligible, payments for the bursary fund are conditional on the student meeting agreed standards of attendance and behaviour relative to their individual needs and expectations. Monies are paid termly with cheques issued in the student’s name. Each student is required to have their own bank account for this purpose.