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Financial Information

16-19 Bursary Fund

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:

  1. Vulnerable Bursary (Higher Priority group)

Please contact studentservices@woodhouse.ac.uk as soon as you start college for an appointment.

Young people from this group will receive a Vulnerable 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 95% 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.

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:

  • Travel to College in exceptional circumstances.

  • Approved Field Trips/Residential Courses/essential Educational Trips.

  • Books and stationery.

  • Necessary course-related equipment and uniform/specialist clothing.

  • UCAS fees and some examination fees.

  • 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 Vulnerable Bursary must contact studentservices@woodhouse.ac.uk as soon as possible.


  • 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 29th September 2017 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.

Free School Meals
Free School Meals can be awarded to students who attend a state maintained College on a full time basis.
In order to be eligible parent(s) / Carer(s) should be in receipt of one of the following:
  • Equal Based Jobseeker’s Allowance / Employment and Support Allowance                                                               
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income ( as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190  N.B. If you receive WORKING TAX CREDIT you do not qualify even if you receive child tax credit and your income is below £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit
Students who receive Income Support in their own right may also be eligible to receive free meals.
Please Note: If the household you live in is in receipt of Working Tax Credits you will NOT be entitled to Free School Meals.
NOT all applicants eligible for the Bursary Fund will be eligible for Free School Meals.
How can I apply for Free School Meals?
Apply via this Free School Meals Eligibility form (hard copies are available from the Attendance Office).
You will also need to provide an up to date Proof of Benefit letter from the Benefit Agency. You can contact them on 0345 608 8545. (The letter should be dated no earlier than four weeks from the date of application)
Students will ONLY receive Free School Meals once the application form and Proof of Benefit letter has been submitted to the Attendance Office.
How can I appeal if my Free School Meals application is turned down?
If your application is unsuccessful there is an appeals process and you will receive an email with guidance on how to appeal.