16 to 19 Bursary Fund

16-19 Bursary Fund

A bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like:

  • clothing, books and other equipment for your course.
  • transport and lunch on days you study or train.

There are two types of bursary, a bursary for students in vulnerable groups and a discretionary bursary.

The sixth form, college or other educational institution you are attending is responsible for managing both types of bursary.

Vulnerable student bursary

To claim a vulnerable student bursary you must be:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for

  • studying at a publicly funded school or college, or on an unpaid training course

  • meet the residency requirements. (Your education provider can check this)

You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:

  • you’re in care or a care leaver

  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit because you’re financially supporting yourself.

  • you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit.

Discretionary bursary

You could get a discretionary bursary if you need financial help but do not qualify for a bursary for students in vulnerable groups. Your education or training provider decides how much you get and what it’s used for. Your provider will also decide how you get your bursary. You might get:

  • an instalment paid by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
  • things like a travel pass, free meals or books.

Some providers also offer one-off payments to cover study trips or travel for university interviews.

To find out more about the 16-19 Bursary Fund

Speak to the college, sixth form or training provider once you know where you’ll study or train, so that you’ll get your bursary as soon as possible.

Go to The bursary fund guidance pages on GOV.UK for further information.

Please note: if you're on an apprenticeship programme, or any training where you receive a wage, you're classed as being employed rather than in education and therefore aren't eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.