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THE 16 to 19 BURSARY FUND
The 16 to 19 Bursary provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.
The Fund has been allocated to individual providers of Post 16 education for the following purposes:
- Bursaries for defined vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 a year
- 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, books or equipment.
Who is eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary?
To be eligible to receive a bursary, the young person must be aged over 16 and under 19 at 31 August 2018 and meet the residency requirements.
Bursaries for defined vulnerable groups
The most vulnerable young people will be eligible for a bursary of up to £1200.
To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, at least one of the following must apply:
- The young person is in or has recently left local authority care
- The young person receives Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them
- The young person receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
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 one or more of:
- Written confirmation from the Local Authority of the young person’s current or previous looked after status
- A copy of your Income Support award notice
- A copy of your Universal Credit award notice
- Additional documentation to confirm your independent status
- A copy of your Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
- Completed application form.
The payment of the bursary for defined vulnerable groups 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 £400 payable after six weeks from the commencement of the programme of study
- Payments of up to £400 at the end of February and the end of 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.
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.
- Payments of up to £200 at the end of February and the end of June.
Supporting Evidence should include:
- A certified letter from the Local Authority regarding Free School Meals
- Evidence of household income
- Evidence of Tax Credits or other benefits received
- An application form.
There may be some funds available for young people to help with extra curricular school activities, such as trips and visits that are an essential element of their 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 the application.
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 14 September 2018. 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 the application will be sent in writing or emailed after the closing date. There is a possibility of no award, or of a limited award being the outcome of your application. If all funds have been allocated, your details will be recorded on a waiting list and you will receive written/emailed confirmation.
How do we know Schools and Colleges will be fair?
16 to 19 Bursary Funds are subject to assurance as part of the normal assurance arrangements for 16 to 19 education and training. If a student is unhappy with the way their application for bursary fund support has been handled by the institution, they should follow the institution’s own complaints procedure which is available on the school website.
- For any BACS payments, learners will be required to have a bank account
- Unauthorised absence or a poor attendance record 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, Deputy Head of Sixth Form
- This policy applies to the academic year 2018/2019 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.
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