Who is eligible?
To be eligible for a 16-19 Bursary Fund award;
- you must be under 19 years old and have been normally resident in the UK or European Economic Area for three years on 31 August 2012; and
- in full-time further education on a course funded by the YPLA (state funded education); and
- your family is on a low annual household income
What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
This is a limited bursary fund allocated to the college by the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) to help young people facing financial hardship to stay in full-time education.
The Bursary Fund is made up of two parts:
- A Guaranteed Bursary for vulnerable young people of £1200 for the academic year. A vulnerable person is:
a young person who is in care or a care leaver, or
a young person who is receiving Income Support or
a young person who is receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
- A Discretionary Bursary to help students whose family is on a low income with essential course related learning costs including stationary, equipment, fieldtrips and exam re-sits. Travel costs may also be considered.
Priority for a Discretionary Bursary Award will be given to applications in the following order:
- a young person lives in a household whose annual income is under £16,190
- a young person lives in a household whose annual income is between £16,191 - £20,817
- an application may be considered If the household income is over £20, 817 and there is an exceptional financial need.
How do I apply for financial help from the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
Please download and complete this application form for support in 2013-2014
For advice and guidance about the fund read the guidance notes
telephone 01724 407020: or
Will I need to supply evidence of household income?
Yes. You will need to supply current details of household:
- Jobcentreplus benefits
- Tax Credits
before your application can be considered.
- If you are a vulnerable person you will be eligible for the Guaranteed Bursary if you obtain a letter from your local authority to confirm that you are either in care or a care leaver.
- If you are a young person receiving Income Support in your own right or Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, you will need to provide a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions.
When is the closing date for applications to the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
We strongly advise you to submit the application form to the Student Support Centre, John Leggott College by 27 September, 2013 as funds are limited. Applications after that date will be considered but will depend on the availability of Bursary funds at that time.