Financial Support

The 16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a scheme introduced by the Government to replace EMA.  The fund is managed by RRSF and aims to provide help to young people who face the greatest barriers to participating in education.  A guide for young people and their parents or carers is available on the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund on the government website.

The Bursary is available to help disadvantaged students with the essential costs of studying including:

  • Travel
  • Essential Course Costs

RRSF makes every effort to ensure that the Bursary Funds are awarded fairly, widely and to the students most in need.  

Guaranteed Bursary

Students who are in care/have recently left care and students who are in receipt of Income Support (or the equivalent Universal Credit), or who are in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in their own right are entitled to a guaranteed Bursary of £1200 per academic year.

No guarantee can be given that funds will be available and funding limits may apply.

General eligibility In order to receive support from Central Academy 16-19 Bursary students must:

Be aged under 19 years of age on August 31st in the academic year in which they start the course

Have reached the statutory school leaving age

Hold his/her own bank account

Hold a confirmed place for a course of study in Central Academy Sixth Form

Discretionary Bursary Applications from students who do not necessarily meet the criteria for the Guaranteed Bursary, who find themselves facing significant financial barriers may also be considered. No guarantee can be given that funds will be available. Eligibility is assessed according to family income and prioritised to those students in greatest need. Evidence of household income will be required with your application.

How to Apply

If you think you may be eligible for support from the 16-19 Bursary please contact the Mrs Ellsworth for more information or download and complete the application form below.

Completed application forms should be submitted with supporting evidence of status (and if required financial circumstances) to Mrs Ellsworth. The deadline for applications is the end of week 4 of the Autumn Term.  Funding is limited and can run out, therefore students are encouraged to make their application as early as possible.  Changes in circumstance and late applications will be considered.

What Happens Next?

The outcome of applications will be communicated to the applicant in writing and will include details of any funding allocated and how it will be paid.  Successful applicants will be required to sign a 16-19 Bursary Fund Agreement, a copy of which must be returned to Central Academy Sixth Form Administration.



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