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Student Bursary

What is the bursary fund?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund was introduced in September 2011 after the government stopped taking new applications for the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). This fund is available to support those Year 12 & 13 students who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training Post 16.

The fund is administered by individual institutions and the funding arrangements have been agreed locally across schools and colleges in the Concorde Partnership, following guidelines set out by the Education Funding Agency.

Bursaries should be used to help young people pay for the costs related to participation whilst attending their course, for example transport, books and equipment and other course-related costs.

Who is eligible for the Bursary Fund?

The Fund is designed to help support those young people in the following two groups:-

Vulnerable Bursary

This category includes young people in care, care leavers, unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), young people in receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit and Disabled young people in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments and Employment Support Allowance who will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 per year pro rata.  Evidence to support the application will be needed such as a letter setting out the benefit to which the young person is entitled or written confirmation of current/previous ‘Looked After’ status from the relevant Local Authority or the Leaving Care Review document.

Payments: Guaranteed grant of £1,200 per year.

Discretionary Bursary

Students who need financial support to help them stay in education may be able to claim a smaller discretionary amount to help with costs of transport, equipment or other course related costs.  This will be available where the combined household income is less than £25,000 per year.   The household income is the gross total income of the adults in the home.  This would also include step-parents and partners who provide income to the household.  This does not include brothers or sisters who are earning money.  To apply you must meet the following criteria:-

Applicants must be under 19 on 31 August in the academic year in which he/she starts the programme of study.  Evidence of household income below £25,000 must accompany the application prior to assessment. 

Payments: A discretionary grant – the amount will depend on how much money is in the fund.

Students must also be under the age of 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which he/she starts the programme of study funded by the EFA (Education Funding Agency) and must meet the residency criteria in order to be eligible to access bursary funding.

Bursaries are conditional on the student meeting agreed standards set by the school. The payment of awards will be dependent upon satisfactory behaviour, attitude and attendance and students will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to their course through completion of work and engagement in class activities.  Whole or part payment may be withheld if standards in this regard are not met.

How do I apply for the Bursary Award?

A Bursary Application form can be collected from the Post 16 office or downloaded from the school website.  Parents/Carers should complete the application form, indicating which category of fund they wish to apply for.

Institutions are required to take reasonable steps in order to ensure that all claims are valid. In order to do this we need to see some evidence of student/family income. The easiest way to do this is to send us your latest Tax Credit Award Notice (form TC602)/Universal Credit Award that correctly states your total household income for the tax year.

If a Parent/student is unable to provide a copy of this document, but believes that they qualify for an award, they should contact Miss Sarah Traynor or Mrs Gemma Shafto on the main school number.

Parents and students are encouraged to make early applications, but they can apply for a bursary at any time during the academic year.

How are Bursary payments made?

Bursary payments are made on a weekly basis in arrears. These payments will cover the period September to June. Payments are made by BACS straight to the students bank account.  In some circumstances other methods of payment, such as inter-departmental funds transfers to cover particular course costs may be used.

Where can I get further details regarding the fund?

If students or Parents/Carers want to discuss any aspect of the application procedure please contact Miss Sarah Traynor on the main school number or email

Complaints and Appeals

If a student feels aggrieved about how their application for a bursary was handled, they should follow the school’s complaints procedure.

Equality and Diversity

 Arrangements will not discriminate against students on the basis of any protected characteristics as set out in equalities legislation.

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OAT Bursary Application Form