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The 16 - 18 Bursary Fund can provide students with financial help towards the costs of attending school including travel and meals.

To qualify for the 16-18 bursary students will need to be:

  • Aged 16-18 at the 31st August 2015
  • Have a residual household income under £32,000 (before tax)

Students who fit into certain criteria may be entitled to Guaranteed Bursary (details below). Students need to provide evidence of their household income from the previous tax year (April 2014-2015).


The 16-18 Bursary is available to students aged 16-18 at 31st August, whose residual income is under £32,000.

Residual household income is the gross income (from tax year April 2014-April 2015) less £1130 per child in the household (aged under 19 at the 31 August 2015). Students will receive a package of support based on their residual household income. Provisional payment dates are shown below, payments will be made provided a student's attendance exceeds a minimum of 85%. Students are not automatically entitled to a 16-18 discretional bursary and funding is not guaranteed. Each application will be assessed and if funds are available support will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

16-18 guaranteed bursary

Guaranteed Bursary (Band V - £1200) is for the most vulnerable 16-18 year old students (at 31st August 2015) who meet one of the following criteria:

  • In care or a care leaver
  • Receiving Income Support (or Universal Credit) in their own right
  • An unaccompanied asylum seeker

These students are not income assessed but MUST provide documentary evidence that they meet one of the above criteria.

Students who qualify should be entitled to the full £1200 Guaranteed Bursary.

Childcare - Care to Learn

Care to Learn can help with childcare costs for students aged under 20. It can fund up to £160 per week and can help with the cost of childcare including deposit and registration fees, travel costs, keeping their childcare place over summer holidays and a childcare taster session for up to 5 days. Students can request an application form from the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989.

Meals Package

Students who meet certain criteria are eligible for a free lunchtime meal. Students must, or be dependent on a parent who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part V1 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 gross income of no more than £16190.

If eligible, students will be entitled to £2.85 per day to the maximum of £8.50 per week. Applications for the meals package are done through the Bursary application process.


Students need to achieve an attendance rate of at least 85% to receive their bursary payments and bus passes. Bursary and guaranteed bursary are public monies and are provided to support the costs incurred by attending college - if students' attendance is poor, the assumption is that they have not incurred the costs of attending college.

How to Apply

Students can apply online via the eILP and must then bring in evidence of household income from the previous tax year (April 2014 - April 2015) and their own bank details to the office.

Each student's household income will be assessed; we will then establish which band they fall into. Student's entitlement will vary depending on their household income and circumstances.

Further information on the Bursary, Guaranteed Bursary, Care to Learn and Meals Package is available from the Student Funding Officer on 01934 411 571.