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c/o Department for Education (DfE), Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BT
You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 and:
• studying at a publicly funded school or college in England - not a university
• on a training course, including unpaid work experience
(A publicly funded school is one that doesn’t charge you for attending it)
If you’re 19 and over
You could also get a bursary if you either:
• are continuing on a course you started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ’19+ continuer’)
• have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
What a bursary is for
A bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like:
• clothing, books and other equipment for your course
• transport and lunch on days you study or train
Vulnerable Student Bursary
You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:
• You are in, or recently left, local authority care
• You get Income Support (or Universal Credit in place of Income Support) in your name
• You are disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit in place of ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name
You may get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks. You’ll usually get less, or no bursary, if your course is shorter, you study part time or have few expenses.
You’ll be told what evidence you need, e.g. benefit letters.
Education and training providers set their own criteria for discretionary bursaries, eg they might look at family income.
Ask student services about their criteria and any evidence you’ll need.
Apply to your school, college or training provider. Ask student services or your tutor to explain what you need to do.
Apply once you know where you’ll study or train, so you’ll get your bursary as soon as possible.
You might need to re-apply for a bursary for each year of your course. Check with your provider.
Contact provider for cost details
16 years - 19 years
- Age - School (5-18)
- Age - Adulthood (18-25)
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