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16 - 19 Bursary



You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 and studying at school or college  in England.


To receive a bursary, the young person must be over 16 on 1st September and be under 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study.

There are two types of awards from the Bursary Fund:

Vulnerable Young People Bursary 

This group covers young people who are looked after by the Local Authority (In Care), care leavers, and those in receipt of Income Support and disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. The award for this group of young people is £1,200 per academic year.

Discretionary Bursary

A Bursary of £600 per academic year could be awarded to young people in receipt of free school meals.

The 16 - 19 Bursary is designed to help support young people who face financial barriers to continuing in education and training after the age of 16, to be used to support the costs of transport, books and equipment.

The College will retain a hardship fund to cover the cost of bursaries awarded throughout the academic year due to changes in the financial or domestic circumstances of individual students, or in cases of exceptional circumstances.

Details of the timings and conditions of any payments can be found in the College's 16 - 19 Bursary Policy.

If you meet either or both of the above criteria  and are a new applicant you will need to complete the application form. You can find this at the bottom of this page.

Evidence Required

  • Confirmation from Local Authority of Entitlement to Free School Meals

  • Confirmation from Local authority of current or previous looked after status.

  • Letter from Job Centre Plus setting out entitlement to Income Support/Disability Living Allowance /Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit/Personal Independence Payments

  • Tax Credit Award Notice

  • Evidence of annual income if self employed

If you have any queries please contact Mrs Dyer, Sixth Form Administrator on 01293 420500 or email

Data Protection

Information collected and processed by Ifield Community College complies with and is stored in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act. The information provided on this form will be used to process your application for an award from the 16 - 19 Bursary Fund and will not be shared with third parties other than Government Departments administering the fund centrally and to whom we have to report Management Information as requested.

For futher information see

Bursary Application Form

ICC Bursary Rules

ICC Bursary Policy

Bursary Leaflet