16 – 19 Bursary Fund Policy
The money in the 16-19 Bursary Fund is supplied to the College by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The EFA impose strict regulations about how it can be used, and adherence to these is checked by the College's auditors. The regulations and the systems used to administer the Fund are described below as simply as possible.
1. Eligibility Criteria
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is for young people aged between 16 – 19 years enrolled on a full-time Education Funding Agency funded course for a minimum of 12 hours per week. There are two levels of entitlement to the 16-19 Bursary Fund:
A. Guaranteed Bursary (Higher Priority group)
Young people from this group will receive a Guaranteed Bursary of £1,200 per year from the Fund dependent on attendance, behaviour and progress on the course if they fall into one of the following groups:
- In care
- A care leaver
- Claiming Income Support in their own right if they are living independently.
- Receiving Employment Support Allowance AND Disability Living Allowance in their own right.
Evidence: The College requires original evidence from external agencies, key worker/social worker or evidence of income support / ESA in your own name.
B. Discretionary Bursary
Young people from this group do not have the same entitlement to the 16-19 Bursary Fund as the higher priority group however they MAY be funded for Course Related Costs (see Point 3) at the discretion of the College should funding permit through a Discretionary Bursary. Payments will be dependent on attendance, behaviour and progress on the course and students must:
- Live in a household where the total annual income is under £16,190.
- Have achieved at least 90% average attendance for the half-term.
- Have produced coursework and homework of an acceptable standard.
- Have met all subject deadlines.
- Have a good disciplinary record (a written warning or final written warning will prevent payment of Discretionary Bursary payment).
Evidence: The College requires the original Finalised Working Tax Credit Award Notice showing the household income for last year. If you need a copy please contact the number below.
Tax Credits: general enquiries – 0345 300 3900
2. Payment of Funds
Payments will be calculated as a half-termly lump sum and paid in arrears. Amounts may vary due to the length of each term.
Payments are made through the Bacs system and are paid directly into the student’s bank account.
3. Purpose and use of the Fund.
Payments from the 16 – 19 Bursary Fund are expected to cover the following:
1. Travel to College in exceptional circumstances.
2. Approved Field Trips/Residential Courses/essential Educational Trips.
3. Books and stationery.
4. Necessary course-related equipment and uniform/specialist clothing.
5. UCAS fees and some examination fees.
6. Learning resources.
Students eligible for help from the Discretionary Bursary should not expect that payments will cover all course-related expenses: there is a limited amount available to the College each year and this will be distributed amongst students most in need.
4. Administration of the Fund
- Students applying for the Discretionary Bursary must complete an application form available from the Attendance Office and online from the College website.
- The deadline for submitting applications is Friday 30th September 2016 but applications should be submitted as early as possible.
- A small percentage of the Fund will be held back for emergency payments to students whose circumstances change mid-year causing them financial hardship
If your application is unsuccessful there is an appeals process. You will receive a letter with guidance on how to appeal. .
THE DEADLINE FOR BURSARY APPLICATIONS HAS NOW PASSED