Education -16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund


The 16-19 Bursary Fund helps 16- to 19-year-olds continue in education, where they might otherwise struggle for financial reasons. It is made up of two parts – bursaries of £1200 a year to the most vulnerable young people and a discretionary fund for schools, colleges, academies, training providers and local authorities (providers) to distribute to other students who face genuine barriers to participation.

Young people in the defined vulnerable groups can receive bursaries of £1200 a year. This group is made up of children in care, care leavers, those on income support and those in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Providers can distribute the discretionary funds to support any student who faces genuine financial barriers to participation such as costs of transport, food or equipment. Providers have the freedom to decide the scale and frequency of bursary payments. We expect providers to make receipt of the bursary conditional on students meeting agreed standards, for example, behaviour and attendance

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is administered by providers. Young people should apply directly to their academy, school, college or other training provider for support from the scheme.

Young people can find out more information about the funding from the document 16-19 Bursary Fund: your questions answered.

This page was last updated on 20 December 2016