What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.

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.

There are two types of 16-19 bursaries:

  • a vulnerable bursary of up to £1200 per year for students in the defined vulnerable groups
  • a discretionary bursary which is awarded to meet individual needs to help with transport costs, meals, books and equipment.

To be eligible for either type of bursary students must:

  • be aged over 16 and under 19 at 31 August 2018

Vulnerable bursary

To be eligible for a vulnerable bursary, students must be in one of the defined vulnerable groups:

  • in care
  • care leavers: a care leaver is defined as a young person aged 16 and 17 who was previously looked after for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods amounting to 13 weeks) which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16 or a young person aged 18 or above who was looked after prior to becoming 18 for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods of 13 weeks) which began at the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16.
  • receiving Income support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as child or partner.
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

If you are applying for this level of support you will need to provide evidence in written form. For students who are in care or students who are care leavers please provide written confirmation of your current or previous looked after status from the relevant local authority. Please see the application form for details.

Reminder to parents, if the students claim for ESA is successful you will not be able to continue to claim Child Benefit

When approved, the bursary will be paid weekly.

Payments will be sent by BACS to your Bank Account.

Foster Care

A young person placed in foster care by the Local Authority, including where the foster carer is on the books of an independent fostering agency, is classed as a looked after child and therefore eligible for help from the vulnerable bursary.
A child who is privately fostered, where a private arrangement is made between the child and the person who will care for the child is not classed as a looked after child and is not eligible for the vulnerable bursary but may submit an application for the discretionary bursary.

Discretionary Bursary

We welcome applications for the Discretionary Bursary award from students whose household income is below £30,000 per year. Weekly payments will be made for students with a household income below £30,000. For households with incomes between £30000 and £40000 we may be able to offer support for essential curriculum trips and resources please submit an application form and supporting documentation. Please refer to section “Availability of Funding” below.
The Discretionary Bursary Award is to help students with transport costs, equipment, curriculum trips.
We would encourage applications from lone parents, bereaved parents, households where the student is being looked after by a family member, for example grandparents, families receiving tax credits. If on downloading the application form you require assistance in completing the application please email your queries to [email protected]

When approved, the bursary will be paid weekly.

Payments will be sent by BACS to your Bank Account.

Funding may be withdrawn for students who fail to attend regularly.

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 2018-19 and therefore cannot guarantee financial assistance in every case, but welcome applications. Appeals against unsuccessful applications can be made to the college in writing, or by e-mail to [email protected] All appeals will be responded to within one working week by the Assistant Principal Finance.
Appeals against non–payment of the weekly award can be made directly to Student Information Services 0161 419 3624

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.

Asylum Seekers
Generally asylum seekers are not entitled to public funds. If you are an asylum seeker please seek advice from Student Information Services for any assistance available to you.

How do I apply?

To apply for a bursary you must download the application form at the bottom of this page.
The application form for September 2018 will be available to download from Monday 11th June 2018.

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 any of the following applicable documents:

  • your current P60
  • SA302 and dividends if self-employed. Your accountant will be able to request an SA302 for you, or you can call HMRC yourself. You will need you basic personal information, your ten digit UTR (unique tax reference) and NI Number.
  • income from savings, shares, investments, trusts, dividends
  • income from rental properties
  • pension income
  • pension credit
  • complete and current working and child tax credit document for 2018-2019 (annual review document is not sufficient)
  • all documentation for Universal Credit
  • all documentation for ESA
  • all documentation for Income Support
  • all documentation for Job Seekers Allowance
  • all documentation for carers allowance
  • all documentation for DLA/PIP
  • all documentation for housing benefit and council tax benefit
  • any other household income you may be in receipt of.
  • 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, unsigned applications will be returned.

Please note that we only accept photocopies of your original documents and are unable to return original documents

I got a bursary last year, do I need to re-apply?

Yes. Download an application form 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?

You, the student, must have a bank account in your own name. Payments can only be made to your bank account and will be paid by BACS.

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.

Payments will not be made until college has seen and verified the appropriate evidence that the student is eligible to receive a bursary award.

Payments are made a week in arrears for 100% attendance and permitted authorised absences. Payments are authorised every Wednesday and the award should be in the students bank account on Friday morning. All queries regarding payments should be made in the first instance to Student Information Services on 0161 419 3624 or by email to Diane Bailey [email protected] or Julie Hern [email protected]

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. In certain circumstances the money awarded can be recovered from the student if it has not been used for the reasons it was awarded.

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 and equipment necessary for your course. If there is sufficient funding we may be able to help towards the cost of exams, UCAS applications, university visits.

Can college stop my bursary payments?

Yes. You will be asked to sign a bursary contract which can be found at the back of the application form. The contract details the conditions under which your bursary will be paid. Typically these conditions include attendance, lateness, behaviour, medical appointments and sickness.
Payments will cease where a student has been absent for 4 weeks or more.

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.

Holidays are not authorised absences.