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Wednesday, 3 October 2023

16-19 bursary: the facts for parents and carers

The 16-19 Bursary Fund has been put in place for those between 16 and 19 who might struggle with the costs for full-time education or training.

Helping your child get on in life

There’s a world of learning choices open to your child if they’re 16, 17 or 18 and have left or are about to leave compulsory education.

Whatever they want to do, they’ll find a course to suit their ambitions - from office administration to digital media, science and technology to travel, tourism and hospitality.

And they’ll be able to find a way of learning that’s right for them too. This might mean staying in sixth form, going to college or learning at work.

Advice on courses and careers

Want to make sure you offer the right advice? Contact the Careers Helpline for Young People for guidance on courses and career options.

Advice on 16-19 Bursary

Students between 16 and 19 years in full time education or training may receive a bursary.

Students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes:

  • people in care
  • care leavers
  • people claiming income support
  • disabled young people that receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

Other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a bursary at the discretion of their school, college or training provider.

Schools, colleges and training providers will be responsible for awarding bursaries to students. With the exception of the £1,200 bursaries for students most in need, they decide on the amount. They will also decide when bursaries are paid, and will set conditions that students should meet to receive a bursary, for example, linked to behaviour or attendance.

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