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16-19 Bursary

What is the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a government led scheme to provide financial support to students who face the greatest financial barriers to continue in education after age 16. There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

Type 1 - Vulnerable Bursary

Type 2 - Discretionary Bursary

“Bursary funding is financial help for Post 16 students to overcome specific barriers to participation so that they can remain in education”.

The bursary offers financial help to young people aged 16 to 19 who face financial barriers to participating in education or training, provided they meet agreed standards of attendance and behaviour.

Further Information can be found - 


For a student to be eligible for a Bursary, they must meet age and residence criteria:


a) Student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August (of the financial year in question)

b) Students aged over 19 are only eligible for discretionary bursary if they have started a programme of study aged between 16-18 or have an EHCP

As well as study at a publicly funded school or college, or be on an unpaid training course and meet the residency requirements

Type 1 - Vulnerable Bursary  

Pupils most in need will be eligible to receive a vulnerable bursary of £1,200 a year.

This group includes:

   Pupils in care under the Local Authority

   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; or

   Receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) in       their own right, as well as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or UC in their own         right

UC has now replaced IS, as well as other benefits above, for current and future young people aged 16 to 18. However, students aged 19 to 25 and funded from the 16 to 19 budget (19+ continuers and students with an EHC plan) may still receive the legacy benefits listed above.

We will review the student’s eligibility position each academic year. Students will only continue to receive a bursary for vulnerable groups if they continue to satisfy the criteria.


Type 2 - Discretionary Bursary

Those students who are not eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary may be considered for a discretionary bursary. Discretionary Bursaries are issued to families direct from school.

Grange Park offers two tiers of support

Tier 1 – Free School Meals

   Currently eligible for Free School Meals 

Tier 2 – Low Income/disadvantaged/ change in circumstance

   House hold income below £25,000

   Significant change in circumstance

The discretionary bursaries are there to provide support for vulnerable students that are suffering from financial hardship. This financial help provides for things such as meals, books and equipment.


Each bursary is granted on an individual basis so students may receive different amounts. In previous years this bursary has been used to pay for


Trips (linked to Independent Living Skills)

Cost of materials on a student’s course

Independent travel training (including trips on longer distance buses, trains and the London Underground)

Work Experience (costs of independent travel and materials)


Please read the '16-19 Bursary Policy' for more information and apply using the appropriate application form. The document  '16-19 Bursary Which Form' will help identify which form is to be completed.