Financial support is available in order to provide assistance to those students facing financial barriers to participation in education, such as costs of books, transport, equipment or the paying for trips where the trip is an essential part of a student’s course.
16-19 Bursary Fund
To be eligible for financial support students must be under 19 on 31 August 2020, meet the EFA’s residency requirements and qualify under one of the following two categories:-
1. Discretionary Bursaries
Bursaries are awarded to students who reside in a household which has a taxable income of less than £22,000. The amount awarded is dependent upon individual circumstances.
2. Bursary for students in defined vulnerable groups
Bursaries of up to £1,200 a year are available for students aged 16-18 meeting the following criteria:
- Young people in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
- Care leavers.
- Young people in receipt of Income Support (or the equivalent Universal Credit).
- Young people getting both Disability Living Allowance (and the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit) in their own right.
Students, depending on their individual circumstances, may be entitled to free meals. Please see the bursary application form for further details.
19+ Bursary Fund
Students over the age of 19 may still qualify for a bursary. Please contact the Finance Department for further information.
Students who are not automatically eligible for a bursary can apply for financial support in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the finance department for further details.
How to apply
Students will be able to apply online from 24th August 2020.