16-19 Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary is designed to help support those people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education and training post-16. 

A bursary is money that you and your school can use to pay for things like:

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

Applications can be made throughout the academic year as students’ financial or home situations change.  The 16-19 Bursary has two elements which will be termed as Full Bursary and Discretionary Bursary.  

To be eligible to apply and receive a discretionary bursary, a student must be under 19 on 31 August in the academic year they start their course. Where a young person turns 19 during their year of study they can continue to be supported until the end of the academic year or end of the course, whichever is the sooner. Young people must also satisfy the residency criteria in the EFA funding Guidance. 

The 16-19 Bursary Form contains all the details of the eligibility criteria plus evidence required.