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16-19 Bursary Fund Policy 2016/17

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The fund is made available from the government through its funding body - the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for 16-19 year olds - to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students following government (EFA or SFA) funded full time or part-time courses, who are 16 years and over and satisfy one or more of the following criteria:-

  • Students aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31/08/16 who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

  • Students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and at risk of not taking up or continuing in their education. This group includes students with physical or other disabilities, medical conditions and/or learning difficulties.

  • Students who have been in care, on probation, are young parents or are otherwise considered at risk.

  • Asylum seekers

  • Refugees (who will have access to 16-19 Bursary Funding if they are in receipt of supportive evidence from DWP).

  • Lone parents

Who is not eligible for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

  • Students under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age on 31/08/16.

  • Students who do not meet the residency qualifications

How does the Academy assess applications and allocate 16-19 Bursary funding?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund. There will be 3 priority groups, categorised as high, medium and low. Any payments made to students in the medium and low groups are discretionary and the Academy will prioritise allocation.