Supporting You Financially

16-19 Bursary Fund & Free Meals 2018/19

The 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free Meals scheme can provide financial support to help some students in their learning. Colleges are responsible for awarding bursaries to students, deciding the amounts, dates of payments and setting conditions that students should meet in order to receive payments.

The Bursary Fund Application Form for 2019-20 will be available shortly. Check back here soon.

The Bursary scheme is made up of three parts:

  1. Discretionary Bursary

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on a low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. Applications will only be successful if total household assessed income is £23,000 or below.

Bursary payments will be paid half termly direct into the Students’ own bank account. Students will receive an initial payment in September then 5 further payments paid each half term based on attendance E.g. half termly attendance of 89% would receive £89.

Payment 1           £100

Payment 2           £100 maximum

Payment 3           £100 maximum

Payment 4           £100 maximum

Payment 5           £100 maximum

Payment 6           £100 maximum

All payments are subject to satisfactory effort and work performance. If a student is placed on a Senior Progress Tutor contract or above, of the College’s Formal Intervention Procedures then the Bursary payment will be withheld.

  1. Free Meals

Free meals will also be awarded if student or parent in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC))
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa

Free meals will be equivalent to £2.41 per day- credit will be available on student ID cards and will be refreshed each day. Balances cannot be built up or saved.

  1. Bursary for Vulnerable Groups – students qualifying as being in a vulnerable group will receive a guaranteed payment of £1200 over the year, this is not attendance based. These students are defined as those who are:
  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner.
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right.

How do I apply?
If you think you are eligible to receive financial support through the 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free Meals scheme, applications will be available to pick up from college or can be downloaded from the link at the top of this page.

Applications are now open and the initial deadline for applications to be returned is usually before the end of August, in order to receive the first payment on time. Students may apply after this date but applications may take up to 4 weeks to assess.

Applications handed in later than this will not be back dated.

If you have any questions or for further information about the 16-19 Bursary Fund please email: