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16 to 19 bursary fund

If you’re 16 to 19, you might be able to get up to £1,200 from the 16 to 19 bursary fund to help with your studying or training. You can’t apply if you’re studying at university.

It could help you with any education related costs that may arise during the school year, including essentials like a meal during the day or transport to your school, college or training provider. Or you might need extra help to buy additional books, clothing or equipment for your course, or pay for educational visits.

Who is eligible

There are two types of bursaries -

  • Vulnerable bursary

    You could receive up to £1,200 if you -
    • are in local authority care or you have recently left local authority care
    • receive income support in your own name
    • are disabled and receive both employment support allowance and disability living allowance in your own name

  • Discretionary bursary
    You can apply for a discretionary bursary if you aren’t eligible for a vulnerable bursary but you need financial help to stay on in a school, college or training provider. Your school, college or training provider will decide who receives a discretionary bursary, how much they get, and what it can be used for.

How to apply

You must apply to your school, college or training provider for a bursary.

The bursary is paid directly by your school, college or training provider.