The Government is continuing to provide the discretionary Bursary Fund (sometimes called Student Finance) to help 16 to 19 year-olds continue in full-time education, where they might otherwise struggle for financial reasons. The Bursary Fund is intended to help with costs incurred through attendance in education, and may be awarded for the purchase of books, meals, transport, UCAS fees or other expenses incurred, at the discretion of the school.
In order to qualify for Bursary Fund payments students need to be resident in England and aged between 16 and 19. If students do not meet these conditions they may be able to apply for Discretionary Learner Support, or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for students who are resident in Wales (see www.gov.uk)
Eligibility assessment and payments are made in 4 bands as below:
You can receive a bursary of £1200 a year if the following apply:
- If you are in care or a care leaver
- You receive Income Support or Universal Credit (in your own name)
- You receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (in your own name as well as either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit in place of ESA)
- You receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (in your own name)
A discretionary payment of up to £600 per year for those students who are in receipt of Free School Meals. For further information on eligibility for Free School Meals please see the Cheshire West & Chester Council website
A discretionary payment of up to £300 for students not entitled to Free School Meals but whose household is in receipt of Tax Credits or Universal Credit.
A discretionary payment to support students not entitled to Band 1-3 payments, who incur travel costs because their course requires them to travel to another learning site (not within a safe walking distance of the school) for some of their lessons.
If you think you may be eligible, please apply online