The 16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund

The Bursary Fund could help if you are struggling with the cost of full-time education


The Government has set aside some money for Schools, Colleges 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.


This fund could help you with education-related costs that may arise during the school year, including essentials like transport to School. It might also provide you with extra help to buy books, clothing or equipment for your course, or pay for educational visits.


Each School receives an individual allocation of these funds for the academic year from the EFA. Once these funds have been awarded to eligible students there is no guarantee that further monies will be available to support learners who subsequently submit an application.


The 16 – 19 Bursary Fund has two elements:


Vulnerable Student Bursary – you could receive up to £1200 if you:


  • are in Local Authority care, or have recently left Local Authority care; or
    • receive Income Support, or Universal Credit, in your own name; or
    • receive both Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit in place of ESA) in your own name.


Discretionary Bursary - Schools may use their discretion to make awards to young people in ways that best meet the needs and circumstances of their students. If you receive free school meals or your total household income is below £26,000 or you are facing hardship from exceptional circumstances then you can apply for a bursary. The amount you could receive will be determined by your individual circumstances and the requirements of the course you are studying.


Am I eligible?

To be eligible you must be at least 16 years’ old and under 19 years old on the 31 August 2020. 


Are there any conditions?

All payments made under the scheme will be subject to meeting the attendance and behaviour requirements set out in the Bursary Agreement, which is included in the application form. Full details of these requirements can be obtained directly from the Head of Sixth Form.


How do I find out more?

You have to apply directly to Turton Sixth Form College for a bursary. We decide on the amount you could receive and when it is paid.


For further advice and an application form speak to Mrs Thomas in the Sixth Form Office.