16-19 Bursary Fund

The Government has set aside some money for schools, colleges, training providers and local authorities to allocate to young people who need financial support to stay on in further education or training. This is called the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is designed to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training post-16 and can be used to pay for things such as:

  • clothing
  • books and other equipment for your course
  • transport and lunch on days you study or train

You could get a bursary to help with education related costs if you are aged 16 to 19 and:

  • studying at school or college (not university) in England
  • on a training course, including unpaid apprenticeships

Who can get a bursary?

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursary:

Vulnerable student bursary

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

  • you’re in or have recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit in your name
  • you’re 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

Education and training providers set their own criteria for discretionary bursaries, e.g. they might look at family income.

Ask student services about their criteria and any evidence you’ll need.

How to claim and further information

Your tutor or student services can help you decide if you’re eligible for a bursary and explain how to apply.

When to apply

Apply once you know where you’ll study or train, so you can get your bursary as soon as possible.  

You might need to re-apply for a bursary for each year of your course. Check with your provider.

Further information

If you have a question that your school, college or training provider cannot answer, then you can contact the Education Funding Agency (EFA), or they might do this for you.

Read more detailed guidance on the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

For further information and to make a claim, please visit the Student Bursary Support Service website.

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