Sixth Form Bursaries
Attending the Sixth Form can create some financial pressures on students and families and we have a number of bursary opportunities available for students to access, providing they meet the eligibility criteria.
What are the sixth form bursaries?
The sixth form bursaries help disadvantaged pupils pay for things they need to support their education or training.
• clothes, books, or other equipment for your course.
• Transport and meals on the days that you’re studying or working.
You can get one-off payments to cover study trips or travel for university interviews too.
How much could I get?
The amount you can get varies depending on your situation and circumstances. But it could be up to £1,200 a year, if you’re studying full time for at least 30 weeks.
You may get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.
You’ll usually get less than the full amount, or no bursary, if one of the following apply:
• your course is shorter than 30 weeks
• you study part time
• you have few expenses
Can I apply for the sixth form bursaries?
You can apply if you:
• Be at least 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2020
• Study at a publicly funded school or college, or be on an unpaid training course
• Meet the residency requirements - your school or college can check this
• Meet certain criteria based on you or your family’s financial situation (explained below)
Types of sixth form bursary
There are two types of bursary – Vulnerable group bursary and Discretionary bursary – and you’ll need to meet different criteria to apply for them. You can apply for both in very specific circumstances.
a) Vulnerable Group Bursary
• you’re in or recently left local authority care
• you get Income Support or Universal Credit because you’re financially supporting yourself
• you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
• you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit
You’ll be told what evidence you need, for example benefit letters.
b) Discretionary bursary
We have a range of own criteria for discretionary bursaries.
We look at a range of factors including family income when deciding on the eligibility for the award and the amount to be given. We would always encourage you to ask if you think you meet the criteria and would benefit from this form of bursary. This criteria includes aspects such as young carer, free school meals and in receipt of benefits
You can also apply to a discretionary bursary if you’re over 19 and either:
• continuing on a course you started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ‘19+ continuer’)
• have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
How to apply for the bursaries?
Ask a member of the sixth form team for more information on how to apply.
You’ll need proof that you’re eligible –for the 16-19 bursary this could be a letter from your local authority proving that you are, or were, in care or from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) showing that you get benefits.
If you don’t get benefits in your own name, you can’t apply for a vulnerable bursary, but you might be able to apply for the discretionary one.
Examples of proof needed for the discretionary bursary include a letter from the DWP showing your family is in receipt of benefits, a P60 and evidence of how much your family earns (like payslips or bank account statements).
Both application forms can be found below
How are the bursaries paid?
The bursary is paid straight into your bank account – so you need to have one!
For more information
Speak to the sixth form team or complete the application form on the website.
Or access the department for Education website link here:
16 to 19 Bursary Fund - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)