Bursary Fund Guidance for Students and Parents

The Bursary Fund is provided to help students with the direct costs of study such as equipment, books, travel, exam costs and trips and visits, and is available to assist students who may have difficulties in completing their course because of financial considerations.

As a general guide, students who have a family income of below £18500 per annum should apply to the Bursary Fund if they require financial assistance. However there is a small emergency portion of the fund in the case of unforeseen emergencies where completion of the course could be jeopardised by financial constraints.

The college has been given a fixed amount of money so the amount funded to applicants will depend on the number of applications received.

Students in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of income support and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 per year.

To be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Bursary Fund a student must be aged 16 and under 19 on 31st August 2014.

Applicants must provide evidence of income from the previous tax year: usually the Tax Credit Notification TC602 (E) will be sufficient but evidence of receipt of benefits, P60 or other relevant documents may be requested in addition.

Payment will be weekly in arrears. Payment will be withheld if the student does not comply with the College expectations regarding Attendance, Behaviour and Performance.

For more information and the official government guidelines for the 16-19 Bursary Fund you can visit the Department for Education website. www.education.gov.uk

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