Post 16 Bursary

The Bursary provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education. The college policy and approach outlined below is based on the guidance provided by the government which is titled 16 To 19 Bursary Fund Guide For Academic Year 2016 To 2017.

What is it?

You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 (must be 16 on 31st August 2016 and under 19 on this date) and:

  • studying at school or college (not university) in England
  • on a training course, including unpaid work experience

What is it for?

A bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like:

  • books and other equipment for your course
  • transport and lunch on days you study
  • financial support with trips
  • train/bus fares or other transport costs to University Open days

The Categories and who is eligible?

Vulnerable Bursary – Students who are in one or more of the defined groups below.

Who = Any student in care, care leavers, young people directly in receipt of income support and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. SEE MRS LEWIS PERSONALLY IF YOU FIT THIS CRITERIA.

Discretionary Bursary – Guidance says it is for institutions to decide which students receive a discretionary bursary, depending on each student’s circumstances.

Band 1 = Any student with a household income of £16,190 or below (which is the threshold of qualification for Free School Meals). Even if students have not accessed the Free School Meals in the previous year they will still be eligible. This also includes parents on Income Support, Income Based Job-Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and parents in receipt of Child Tax Credit with no Working Tax Credit as long as in the case of all of these income as assessed by the Inland Revenue does not exceed £16,190. Full entitlement will be given to these students providing the P16 Learning Contract is being met in relation to attendance, effort and behaviour. Reasonable costs for clothing for college use will be met where appropriate.

Band 2 = Annual household income between £16,190 – £21,000 – P60 of both/or single parent required as evidence. Support will be given in part towards costs providing these students are meeting the attendance, effort and behaviour expectations of the P16 Learning Contract.

Band 3 = Annual household income between £21,000 – £26,000 – as Band 2 but at a lower rate of support.

How do I claim for a Discretionary Bursary?

You need to bring paper evidence of your eligibility along with the application form. This must be taken to the FINANCE OFFICE (all information will be photocopied and returned immediately). NOTE this fund does NOT affect your entitlement to any DWP income related benefit.

Evidence for Band 1:

  1. Income Support JBSAIB or Employment Support Allowance (recent benefits letter from DWP or Job Centre Plus)
  2. Child Tax Credit you must provide your most recent Tax Credit Award Notice and documentary evidence of your income
  3. ‘Guaranteed’ element of Pension Credit you must provide your Pension Credit M1000 Award Notice.
  4. Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, please ask the Equity and Diversity Service to provide evidence (01924 304388)

Evidence for Band 2 and 3:

  • P60 of parent/s

Can it be withdrawn?

Yes, if you are not meeting the Student Responsibilities on the Post 16 Learning Contract that you and your parents and carers signed at the start of the academic year.

If my financial circumstances change?

Please inform the college immediately. If you fail to inform college and have made claims you will be asked to repay these in full. However, you can just provide the evidence for the next Band if you move from Band 1 to 2 that will be sufficient if that band or the next reflects your new circumstances.

How do I apply?

Complete the form below and return this to the Finance office – MUST BE BEFORE OCTOBER HALF TERM 2016

How do I make claims once I know I am eligible?

There will be slips available from the year office. You complete these and stipulate what it is you have purchased and your teacher signs to say this is a legitimate spend to support your studies. You then take this signed slip and the receipt to the Finance office and they will make payment directly into your bank account. If your requirements are clothing please see Mrs Lewis and she will deal with these requirements.

Changes from last year

2016/17 Guidance clearly states that:

Students who apply for help should be assessed individually – so please don’t make comparisons to other students’ payments.

If IT equipment, for example, a laptop or tablet is necessary, ie the student cannot complete the study programme without it, it can be bought with Bursary funds… equipment should be returned once the student has completed the study programme – We will not ask this of current Year 13 as this was not the agreement we made when we purchased theirs.

Bursary funding should not be used by institutions for paying bonus payments to reward attendance or achievement – this happened last year but will not continue this year.

Institutions are free to decide how often both the vulnerable and the discretionary bursary payments are made – for students in Band 1 we could offer weekly payments but this is dependent on circumstances and at the discretion of the college.

Please note the above is not exclusive and could be subject to change. Please don’t hesitate to approach the Year Office if you and your family are experiencing financial difficulty.

Resource Download
Post 16 Bursary Information & Application Form 2016-17 Download File