Sixth Form: 16-19 Bursary Fund

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The Bishop’s Stortford High School

YPLA 16-19 Bursary Fund

 

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

This fund is made available from the government through its funding body, the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA), for 16-19 year olds, to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The 16-19 Bursary Fund was put into place as a partial replacement for Education Maintenance Allowance. It is administered by the School and we receive a set amount from the government to distribute to students in need.

 

The fund is a fixed and finite sum and allocations may therefore not exceed the total sum available.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students following government-funded (YPLA) full-time courses (this describes all courses on offer in this Sixth Form) who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • Aged at least 16 and under 19 on 31/08/18 who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
  • Students facing financial barriers to participation in post-16 education, such as household income below a given threshold.

Application forms will be available on GCSE results day in the summer, but any queries can be directed to our Finance Office in school.

 

YPLA 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy 2017-18

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The fund is made available from the government through its funding body, the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA), for 16-19 year olds, to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

 

The fund is a fixed and finite sum and allocations may therefore not exceed the total sum available.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students following government-funded (YPLA) full-time or part-time courses (this describes all courses on offer at our Sixth Form), who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • Aged at least 16 and under 19 on 31/08/18 who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support, or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.
  • Students facing financial barriers to participation in post-16 education.

How does the School assess applications and allocate 16-19 Bursary funding?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the School only has a small amount of money to distribute. Students must fall into one of the following categories and students and their parents must be prepared to show evidence of genuine hardship. Financial support is also dependent on meeting agreed attendance and behaviour criteria.

  • There will be 3 priority groups categorised as high, medium and low.
  • All applications must be received by 30th September for the academic year.

High priority group

  • Are currently in care (as defined by social services)
  • Are leaving or have recently left care
  • Are in receipt of Income Support in their own right.
  • Are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

Eligible students will be guaranteed a £1200 bursary to support them with costs such as transport, equipment etc.

Medium priority group

Students who fall into one or both of the following categories:

  • Eligible for a free school meal
  • Living in a household where the parent(s)/guardian(s)are in receipt of income support

Eligible students in this group may apply to the 16–19 Bursary Fund for a contribution towards:

  • The cost of transport, essential course equipment, trips, uniforms, exam re-sit fees, etc.

This may be a one off payment for specific items or a bursary for support up to a maximum of £800, according to need.  Amounts paid will be subject to the number of students in the category and the availability of funds.

Low priority group

Students who fall into the following category:

  • Living in a household where the gross annual household income is less than £25,000

Those in the low priority group will be considered for financial support, subject to availability of funds, after those in the high and medium priority groups have been awarded.  Students in this group may get a contribution towards the cost of essential course equipment, transport costs or other expenses related to education.

Please note: Applications are for the Academic Year only and students who still meet the eligibility  criteria will have to reapply for subsequent years.