What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
The fund is made available from the government through its funding body – Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) 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 Bursary Scheme for 16-18 year olds has been put in place as a partial replacement for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), although there is substantially less funding than EMA.
Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding at WG6
Students following government (YPLA or SFA) funded full time or part-time courses, who are 16 years and over and satisfy one or more of the following criteria:-
- Students aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31/08/15 who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support, Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payments or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
- Students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and at risk of not taking up or continuing in their education. This group includes students with physical or other disabilities, medical conditions and/or learning difficulties
- Students who have been in care, on probation, are young parents or are otherwise considered at risk
- Students who are asylum seekers
- Students who are refugees (who will have access to 16-19 Bursary Funding if they are in receipt of supportive evidence from DWP)
- Students who are lone parents
- Students are in receipt of FSM
Who is not eligible for 16-19 Bursary Funding?
- Students under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age on 31/08/15
- Students who do not meet the residency qualifications
- Students who do not fulfil any of the criteria described above
For full details please download the 1 WG6 Bursary Policy 2015-16 FINAL