The Government has set aside some money for schools, colleges, training providers and local authorities to allocate to young people who need financial support to stay on in further education or training. This is called the 16-19 Bursary Fund.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is designed to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training post-16 and can be used to pay for things such as: clothing, books and other equipment for your course, transport and lunch on study/training days.
Your child could get a bursary to help with education related costs if they are aged 16 to 19 and: studying at school or college (not university) in England, on a training course, including unpaid work experience and also fulfil the following criteria:
Level One Priority Group:
- If they, the learner are living in care, or has recently left living in care
- If they, the learner, are receiving income support
- If they, the learner, are disabled and receiving both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
Level Two Priority Group:
- You have a gross annual household income of below £20,000, or
- You are in receipt of Free School Meals, or
- Your household is in receipt of other income-based means tested benefits.
Level Three Priority Group:
You could receive this level of funding if:
- You have a gross annual household income of between £20,000 and £25,000, OR
- You have an identifiable financial need and do not fall into high and medium priority groups
To download the Bursary Pack which explains the scheme in greater depth, click here.