What is the Bursary Fund?
The 16-19 Bursary Fund was introduced in September 2011 after the government stopped taking new applications for the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). During the 2011-12 academic year it was available to some Year 12 students and is now available to support those Year 12 & 13 students who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education.
The fund is administered by individual institutions and the funding arrangements have been agreed locally across the schools and colleges in the Concorde Partnership, following guidelines set out by the Education Funding Agency.
Bursaries should be used to help young people pay for the costs related to participation whilst attending their course, for example transport, books and equipment and other course-related costs.
Who is eligible for the Bursary Fund?
The scheme applies in different ways to three groups of students and they will receive the following payments:
- Students in care, care leaver, young person receiving income support or disabled young person receiving both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.
Payments: Guaranteed grant of £1,200 per year
- Student whose family claim free school meals
Payments: Grant of at least £400 per year
- Student who is not in one of the categories above but whose Parents/Carers have a combined gross income of less than £30,000 per annum.
Payments: A discretionary grant – the amount will depend on how much money remains in fund once awards have been made to students in groups (1) & (2).
Students must also be under the age of 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which he/she starts the programme of study funded by the YPLA in order to be eligible to access bursary funding.
Bursaries are conditional on the student meeting agreed standards set by the school. The payment of awards will be dependent upon satisfactory behaviour, attitude and attendance. Whole or part payment may be withheld if standards in this regard are not met. See Student Contract.
How do I apply for a Bursary Award?
A Bursary Application form can be collected from the school Post 16 office or downloaded here. Parents/Carers should complete the application form, indicating which category of fund they wish to apply for.
Institutions are required to take reasonable steps in order to ensure that all claims are valid. In order to do this we need to see some evidence of student/family income. The easiest way to do this is to send us your latest Tax Credit Award Notice (form TC602) that correctly states your total household income for the tax year. If a parent/student is unable to provide a copy of this document, but believes that they qualify for an award, they should contact Tom Hill, Director of Post 16 at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01454 867940.
Parents and students are encouraged to make early applications, but they can apply for a bursary at any time during the academic year.
How are Bursary Payments made?
Bursary payments are made on a regular basis in arrears. Payments are made via BACS transfers directly into students' bank accounts. In some circumstances other methods of payment, such as inter-departmental funds transfers to cover particular course costs may be used.
Where can I get further details regarding the fund?
If students or parents/carers want to discuss any aspect of the application procedure please contact Vanessa Willcox, Post 16 Administrator at email@example.com or telephone 01454 867940.
Complaints and Appeals
If a student feels aggrieved about how their application for a bursary was handled, they should follow the school’s complaints procedure.
Equality and Diversity
Arrangements will not discriminate against students on the basis of any protected characteristics as set out in equalities legislation.