WHAT IS THE 16–19 BURSARY FUND?
The fund is made available from the government for 16-18 year olds, to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The new 16-18 year old bursary scheme has been put in place as a partial replacement for the previous EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance).
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR 16–19 BURSARY FUNDING?
The 16-19 Bursary is targeted towards those young people considered most in need of financial support.
There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:
• A vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups
• A discretionary bursary which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment.
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR 16–19 BURSARY FUNDING?
• Students under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age on 31 August 2018
• Students who do not meet the residency qualifications
HOW DOES THE ACADEMY ASSESS APPLICATIONS AND ALLOCATE 16–19 BURSARY FUNDING?
The 16–19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the Academy will prioritise allocation.
There will be 3 priority groups, categorised as high, medium and low.
Applications for the Bursary will be accepted at the beginning of each school year.