3) Finance and Benefits: 16 to 19 Bursary Fund - Transition Guide

16 to 19 Bursary Fund

If you are in further education (school or college) or training, you could apply for a 16 - 19 bursary. You should apply for this at your school or college. There are two types of bursaries.

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1. Vulnerable student bursary

Up to £1,200 per year for young people aged 16-19 years when at least one of the following applies:

  • in or recently left local authority care
  • is getting Income Support (IS) Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves
  • getting:
    • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
    • either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit

2. Discretionary bursary

You can apply for this if you need financial help, but do not qualify for a vulnerable student bursary.

The education or training provider decides how much you will get.  This is based on your circumstances. This usually includes your household income.  They also decide what it can be used for.

This bursary is mainly for young people aged 16-19 years.  Those aged 19+ may also get this if they are continuing on a course that they started aged 16-18, or if they have an EHC plan.

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