Student 16 to 19 Bursary Scheme - Discretionary Bursary
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome the specific financial barriers to participation they face so they can remain in education.
16 to 19 Bursary Fund
There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:
- bursaries for defined vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 a year
- discretionary bursaries which institutions award using policies they set, in line with funding rules - detailed below.
The College provides an application process for financial support that is completely confidential and we encourage any student who thinks they may be eligible or encountering financial costs associated with college that could be a barrier to their participation at college to contact Student Services for a confidential consultation.
A student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31st August of the year they enrol to be eligible for help from the bursary fund.
Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a discretionary bursary if they are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
These 2 groups of aged 19+ students can receive a discretionary bursary while they continue to attend education (in the case of a 19+ continuer, this must be the same programme they started before they turned 19), as long as their eligibility continues and their institution considers they need the support to continue their participation.
Eligibility criteria: discretionary bursaries
The College makes discretionary bursary awards to help students with the cost of travel, to buy essential books, equipment or specialist clothing (such as protective overalls, for example). These are items the student would otherwise need to pay for in order to participate on their course.
The bursary fund is not intended to provide learning support - services that the College offers to students - for example, counselling or mentoring, or to support extra-curricular activities where these are not essential to the students’ study programme.
The College sets it's own eligibility criteria for the discretionary bursary but must comply with the eligibility conditions and funding rules set out by the government. The College must ensure that students are eligible for the discretionary bursary in each year they require support.
Using household income and establishing individual student need
The College must ensure its bursary policy ensures funding reaches those students who are most in need of financial support. This means the College uses household income as a measure to help establish the amount of support it awards to a student.
More government guidelines can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide-2020-to-2021-academic-year
Student bursary support is complex, for more details, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.
PLEASE NOTE: Students on apprenticeship programmes, or any waged training, are employed, rather than in education. They are not eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. Non-employed students aged 16 to 19 who are participating in a Prince’s Trust Team Programme are eligible to receive the bursary in the same way as any other student participating in an eligible, publicly funded course.