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 2016

Vulnerable bursary

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

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • in receipt of Income support or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

If you are applying for this level of support you will need to provide evidence in written form. 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.

Discretionary bursary

We welcome applications for the Discretionary Bursary award from students whose household income is below £30,000 per year. For households with incomes between £30,000 and £40,000 we may be able to offer support for essential curriculum trips and resources. Please refer to section “Availability of Funding” below. The Discretionary Bursary Award is to help students with transport costs, equipment, curriculum trips.

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Funding may be withdrawn for students who fail to attend regularly.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 2017-18 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.

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 2017 will be available to download from Monday 6th June 2017.

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
  • 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 2016-2017 (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

When do I send it?

Return your application form and all required documents to Aquinas Sixth Form College. All complete applications received by Wednesday 17th August 2017 are guaranteed payment at the start of the September term.

Applications received during September may not be acknowledged due to the pressures of enrolment.

Bursary back payments will not be made. Payments will commence from the date the complete application with all documentation is received. Where possible we will request outstanding documentation once by e-mail or letter. No further action will be taken until all outstanding documents are received.

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.

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.

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 will 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.