The 16-19 Bursary Fund - your questions answered
What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
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. There are two types of bursaries, guaranteed bursaries and discretionary bursaries.
It could help you with any education-related costs that may arise during the school year, including essentials like a meal during the day or transport to college. Or you may need extra help to buy additional books, clothing or equipment for your course, or pay for educational visits.
A guaranteed bursary of £1200 is available to students who meet the criteria below. To qualify for this bursary award a student must be either:
- in care or a care leaver
- in receipt of income support
- in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
- in receipt of Income Support (or Universal Credit) in your own right
When approved, the bursary will be paid weekly. The bursary may be paid ‘in kind’ – e.g.the
college may purchase bus passes, equipment etc. Payments will be sent by BACS to your Bank Account.
We welcome applications for the Discretionary Bursary award from students whose household income is below £30000 per year. Please refer to section “Availability of Funding” below. The Discretionary Bursary Award is to help students with transport costs, equipment, trips.
Funding may be withdrawn for students who fail to attend regularly
When approved, the bursary will be paid weekly. The bursary may be paid ‘in kind’ – e.g. the
college may purchase bus passes, equipment etc. Payments will be sent by BACS to your Bank Account
Availability of Funding
The college will help as many students as possible with the funding available but will prioritise those in most need. At present we are uncertain of the number of applicants and funding available to the college for 2013/14 and therefore cannot guarantee financial assistance in every case but welcome applications. Appeals against unsuccessful applications or non-payment of weekly award can be made to the college.
Who can apply?
To apply for a bursary you must be aged between 16 and 19 and in full-time or part-time further education or training
How do I apply?
To apply for a bursary you must download an application form below and return it with all the relevant documentation.
Where do I send my application?
Return your completed application form and all required documentation to Bursary Applications, Aquinas Sixth Form College, Nangreave Road, Stockport SK2 6TH
What do I include?
Please include with your application form photocopies of your current P60 or tax return if self-employed, pension income. All documentation for universal credit or working tax credit and child tax credit. All documentation for housing benefit, council tax benefit, job seekers allowance, disability living allowance and any other household income you may be in receipt of.
Also include a copy of your current Council Tax bill.
Failure to send all the necessary evidence will result in your application being delayed. Please remember to sign the form on completion.
When do I send it?
Return your application form by Friday 19th July. If your application is received after 30th September 2013 payments will not be backdated
Late applications will be acknowledged but due to the pressures of enrolment will not be processed until after September 20th 2013.
I got bursary last year, do I need to re-apply?
Yes. Download an application form below and return it with all the appropriate documentation.
I am studying part-time. Can I apply?
Yes you can apply, colleges can consider applications from part-time students.
How will my bursary be paid?
Your bursary will be paid by BACS into your bank account. In exceptional circumstances a cash payment may be made. College may also make payments in kind which means instead of receiving money you could get a transport pass, meals or equipment for your course. Or you might receive part of your bursary in kind and part in money.
Can college tell me what to spend my bursary on?
Yes, your bursary is to help pay for things you really need to stay on at college. We can insist that your bursary is spent on travel costs, meals during the day or equipment for your courses.
Can I have help with the cost of trips or equipment?
Dependant on the number of successful applications and monies available we would like to be able to help students with some of the cost of essential college trips. College will be able to supply more information on money available for trips etc after the Autumn term.
Can college stop my bursary payments?
Yes. You will be asked at enrolment to sign a bursary contract which details the conditions under which your bursary will be paid. Typically these conditions will include attendance, lateness, behaviour, medical appointments and sickness
If I can’t attend college because of illness, medical appointments or authorised absences will I still receive my bursary?
When you sign your contract it will give you details of the amount of authorised absences we will allow you in any half term period before your payments will be withheld.
A parent or carer will need to phone Student Information on 0161 419 3624 every day you are absent due to illness to authorise your sickness, or medical appointments.
Authorised absences will not result in your payments being withheld.
Holidays are not authorised absences.