The government provides a funded 16-19 Bursary Fund for eligible students. This provides financial support to help cover the costs associated with further study, such as educational resources or equipment, transport and food for the days you attend the post 16 centre, and professional clothing. These bursaries provide students with access to up to £1,200 of funding for each year of their post 16 study. There are two types of bursary available, the vulnerable bursary and the discretionary bursary.

Vulnerable bursary 
You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:

  • you are in or recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit
  • you are disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name

Discretionary bursary
You could get a discretionary bursary if you need financial help but don’t qualify for a vulnerable student bursary. The amount of support available depends on what is left in the bursary fund after the high priority bursaries are paid. If you feel that you might meet the criteria to be considered for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, a member of our staff will help you through the process and answer any questions you might have about the funding.

For further information, visit the government 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide.