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Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help the most vulnerable young people continue in full-time education.

The Fund has been allocated to individual providers of Post 16 education for the following purposes:

  • Guaranteed bursaries of £1,200 a year for the most vulnerable. This group is made up of children in care, care leavers and those students on income support. Income support is paid to young people such as teenage parents, young people with severe disabilities, teenagers living away from their parents and young people whose parents have died.
  • Discretionary bursaries targeted towards students who face genuine financial barriers to staying on in education and training to help with costs such as transport, food or equipment. 

Who is eligible for the new 16-19 Bursary?

To be eligible to receive a bursary the young person must be over 16 and under 19 on the 30st August 2016.

Young people must satisfy the residency criteria in the document EFA 2016 to 2017 academic year funding regulations for post-16 provision

Guaranteed Bursaries

The most vulnerable young people will be eligible for a bursary of £1200.

The ‘vulnerable’ group covers young people who are looked after, care leavers, those in receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right or in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

Please note: This does not refer to young people whose parents/carers are in receipt of income support.

Highworth is responsible for identifying young people who are eligible for this payment and will seek appropriate evidence to support each claim. Students will need to follow the application process so that their application can be considered.

Supporting evidence will be:

  • Letter from Job Centre Plus setting out the benefit to which the young person is entitled
  • Written confirmation from the Local Authority of the young person’s current or previous looked after status.
  • Completed application form

The payment of the guaranteed bursary will be paid by BACS payment direct to the young person’s bank account in the following instalments:

  • First half term payment of £400 payable after six weeks from the commencement of the programme of study.
  • £400 payments at the end of February and June.

These payments are subject to the young person meeting the conditions of the Sixth Form Code of Conduct, which includes attendance to all lessons and supplementary study sessions, as well as completing work to set deadlines.

Discretionary Bursaries                  

A bursary of up to £600 will be awarded to young people in receipt of free school meals and who meet the conditions of the Sixth form Code of Conduct, which includes attendance to all lessons and supplementary study sessions, as well as completing work to set deadlines.

The bursary will be paid by BACS payment direct to the young person’s bank account in the following instalments:

First half term payment of up to £200 payable after six weeks from the commencement of the programme of study.

Up to £200 payments at the end of February, and £200 in June.

Supporting Evidence will be:

Proof of evidence will be required to support this application and must include:

  • Certified letter from the Local Authority regarding Free School Meals
  • An application form

This information will determine the amount of the bursary award.

There may be some funds available to help with extracurricular school activities, such as trips and visits that are an essential element of your studies. You will need to complete an application form, supported by evidence as listed above. Each case will be considered individually, as funds are limited.

We will consider applications from those not in receipt of free school meals, but all assistance is subject to the availability of funds. You may include written evidence to support your application, including evidence of income.

When and how can I apply for a bursary?

All bursaries – including those for the most vulnerable young people – will be administered by Highworth.

You need to complete the application form by 16th September 2016. Later applications will be accepted and assessed in order of receipt. You will need to attach the requested evidence with your application.

When will I know if my application has been accepted?

All assistance is subject to the availability of funds.

Confirmation of the outcome of your application will be sent in writing or emailed after the closing date.

If all funds have been allocated your details will be recorded on a waiting list and you will receive written/emailed confirmation.

When will the money be available?

The new 16-19 Bursary Fund will start from September 2016.  Payments will be made in October, February and June.

How do we know Schools and Colleges will be fair?

The Education Funding Agency monitors the use of the 16-19 Bursary Fund closely. Schools, colleges and work-based training providers should all have established complaints processes. They are the first place to go for any young person who thinks that they have been treated unfairly. 

Additional Information

  • For any BACS payments learners will be required to have a bank account
  • Unauthorised absence may result in non-payment of awards, this includes any holidays taken in school time.
  • Where there are exceptional circumstances, reasonable adjustments to the policy can be made.
  • If you require any advice or information, please see Mr Donovan
  • This policy applies to the academic year 2016/17 and is reviewed annually.

All financial assistance is subject to the availability of funds.

The information provided is correct at time of publication but may be subject to change in line with Government guidelines.