A bursary is a monetary award made by any educational institution or funding authority to individuals or groups. It is usually awarded to enable a student to attend school, university or college when they might not be able to, otherwise. Click on the relevant Band Number in the table below for further details.

Band Level Details

1

High Priority Up to £1200 per academic year for those most in need of financial support.

2

Discretionary Gross annual household income totalling £16,190 or less and in receipt of child tax credits; or net household income under £7,400 and in receipt of universal credit.

3

Gross annual household income totalling £16,191 to £20,000 – including tax credits or universal credit.

4

Gross annual household income totalling ££20,001to £25,000 – including tax credits or universal credit.

5

Educational Support Grant. Specific funding for equipment or materials required for successful course completion.

Just scroll further down this page to read through the criteria.

To qualify, a student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August to be eligible for help from the bursary fund in the relevant academic year. Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a discretionary bursary if they are continuing on the same programme of study they began aged 16 to 18 (19+ continuers) or have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Students aged 19 or over are not eligible for vulnerable group bursaries.

Students whose applications are received before 25th September will receive payments backdated to the beginning of the Autumn Term. Those whose applications are received after this date will receive payments from the date that their application is approved. Weekly payments are accrued based on full attendance at registration periods and lessons, good conduct and a positive attitude to learning. It will be paid half-termly in arrears.

The award is for that particular academic year. Students will need to re-apply the following summer if they wish to receive a bursary for the following academic year.

 

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Band 1: High Priority Bursary

Band 1 provides for up to £1,200.00 per academic year for those most in need of financial support:

  • Young people in care or having recently left local authority care.
  • Those receiving Income Support or Universal Credit and financially supporting themselves and/or a dependent
    (i.e. child or partner living with them).
  • In receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment in their own right and Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right.

Important: Appropriate evidence will be required to support the application. For the High Priority Bursary, this means:

  • A letter referring to the benefit(s) to which the young person is entitled and/or
  • Written confirmation from the Local Authority of the young person’s current or previous looked after status

The Discretionary Bursary is split into different bands, dependent upon household income. They are available for students in need of financial support with costs – to enable them to stay in education.

Band 2: Discretionary Bursary

Band 2 covers those households with a gross annual household income totalling £16,190 or less and, if applicable, in receipt of Child Tax Credits or net household income under £7,400 and in receipt of Universal Credit:

  • Students will receive an initial one-off payment towards resource/travel costs. They will also receive a Free School Meal and a weekly payment subject to their attendance, conduct and attitude to learning.
  • Free School Meals
    Students who live in a household with a gross income totalling £16,190 or below and are in receipt of Child Tax Credits or with a net income of £7,400 or less and in receipt of Universal Tax Credits, will be given a Free School Meal in addition to the Band 2 Bursary.
  • Students receiving Band 2, 3 or 4 Discretionary Bursaries may also be able to claim for additional assistance towards costs for clothing, equipment and essential educational visits if they are undertaking certain courses with high expenditure expected, i.e., CACHE, Art, Photography, Geography.

Important:
Appropriate evidence will be required to support the application. For the Discretionary Bursary and the Educational Support Grant, this means:

  • Evidence of benefits, grants and household income (ie Child and Working Tax Credit award statements, the three most recent Universal Tax Credit award statements and/or P60 for each working adult in the household).
  • Evidence of Company Dividends if self-employed

The Discretionary Bursary is split into different bands, dependent upon household income. They are available for students in need of financial support with costs – to enable them to stay in education.

Band 3: Discretionary Bursary

Band 3 covers those households with a gross annual household income totalling £16,191 to £20,000 – including Tax Credits or Universal Credit:

  • Students will receive a daily contribution towards the cost of a school meal and an initial one-off payment towards resource/travel costs. They will also receive a weekly payment subject to their attendance, conduct and attitude to learning.
  • Students receiving Band 2, 3 or 4 Discretionary Bursaries may also be able to claim for additional assistance towards costs for clothing, equipment and essential educational visits if they are undertaking certain courses with high expenditure expected, i.e., CACHE, Art, Photography, Geography.

Important:
Appropriate evidence will be required to support the application. For the Discretionary Bursary and the Educational Support Grant, this means:

  • Evidence of benefits, grants and household income (ie Child and Working Tax Credit award statements, the three most recent Universal Tax Credit award statements and/or P60 for each working adult in the household).
  • Evidence of Company Dividends if self-employed

The Discretionary Bursary is split into different bands, dependent upon household income. They arevailable for students in need of financial support with costs – to enable them to stay in education.

Band 4: Discretionary Bursary

Band 4 covers those households with a gross annual household totalling £20,001 to £25,000 – including Tax Credits or Universal Credit:

  • Students will receive a half-termly payment towards resource/travel costs subject to their attendance, conduct and attitude to learning.
  • Students receiving Band 2, 3 or 4 Discretionary Bursaries may also be able to claim for additional assistance towards costs for clothing, equipment and essential educational visits if they are undertaking certain courses with high expenditure expected, i.e., CACHE, Art, Photography, Geography.

Important: 
Appropriate evidence will be required to support the application. For the Discretionary Bursary and the Educational Support Grant, this means:

  • Evidence of benefits, grants and household income (ie Child and Working Tax Credit award statements, the three most recent Universal Tax Credit award statements and/or P60 for each working adult in the household).
  • Evidence of Company Dividends if self-employed

The Discretionary Bursary is split into different bands, dependent upon household income. They are available for students in need of financial support with costs – to enable them to stay in education.

Band 5: Discretionary Bursary

An Educational Support Grant may be available for students not eligible for the High Priority or Discretionary Bursaries but who are in need of financial support with specific costs to enable them to stay in education and complete their courses successfully.

Educational Support Grant applications will be assessed individually for eligibility according to household income and circumstances. Once granted, funds may be used towards transport to and from school; books/equipment/materials/specialist clothing; essential educational visits related to courses; UCAS fees and travel expenses for Higher Educational visits.

Important: 

Appropriate evidence will be required to support the application. For the Discretionary Bursary and the Educational Support Grant, this means:

  • Evidence of benefits, grants and household income (ie Child and Working Tax Credit award statements, the three most recent Universal Tax Credit award statements and/or P60 for each working adult in the household).
  • Evidence of Company Dividends if self-employed
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