Financial Support for 16-19yrs, Continuing Learners aged 19 & under 25s with EHC Plan

The information below applies to:

  •  16-18 Learners
  •  16-24 Learners with LDA/ECHP
  •  19+ Continuing Learners (continuing to the 2nd year of a level 3 course started age 18)

All Bursary funds are based on individual financial need and circumstance

16-18 Bursary (towards lunch/travel/materials/books/childcare costs)

16-19 bursary provides financial support towards course associated cost of materials lunch, travel (subject to distance), equipment, books (where the option to loan the book from the library is not available) or childcare.

16-19 Enhanced Bursary Fund

You may be entitled to Enhanced Bursary Support of up to £1,200.

To be eligible for this bursary support, students need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support (IS), or Universal Credit (UC) because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or UC in their own right

Applying for Bursary funds checklist

Students need to fully complete an application on the Pay my Student portal and provide all supporting evidence.

  1. Supporting Documents: Evidence of student’s current residency (passport, British passport, biometric Card, home office documents, travel document)
  2. Evidence that your parent/carer is in receipt of Tax Credit Award Notice OR Child Benefit, PLUS one of the following:
  • Support Letter from DWP
  • Income based JSA
  • Income ESA
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration & Asylum Act
  • Universal Credit
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Working /Child Tax Credit (all pages)
  • Recent payslips (last 2 months) or tax return/accountant’s letter will only be required to evidence household gross annual income