What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
The fund is made available from the government through its funding body – Education Funding Agency (EFA) for 16-18 year olds - to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund has two elements:
- A Bursary of up to £1200 a year for young people in the following defined vulnerable groups: in care: care leavers; young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit; and disabled young people in receipt of Employments Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.
- Discretionary awards made by institutions to young people in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of their students. Bursary awards should be targeted towards those young people who face the greatest financial barrier to participation; such as the cost of transport, meals, uniform/clothing, books and equipment.
All bursary awards will be dependent on high standards of behaviour, full adherence to the Sixth Form contract and good attendance. CHSG reserve the right to withdraw payment where it is deemed the above conditions have been breached, this may be a temporary withdrawal or for the duration of Year 2017/18 according to the severity of the breach. Bursary payments are made directly to students not to their parents or carers. Payments from CHSG will be made termly in arrears by bank transfer to the individual student or in certain instances payment will be ‘in kind’ for example by purchasing equipment/books or bus passes rather than allocating a cash payment. On occasion, very exceptional circumstances may allow for earlier payment.
What can the money be spent on?
The allowance is for books, course materials, course related trips and out of school activities, meals, transport, clothing or other course-related costs needed to help a young person stay in full time education. It may also be used to fund visits to Universities for open days and interviews. Assistance may also be available for certain IT equipment.