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Students Finance / BursaryApplying for student finance can be a complicated process but there is a lot of help available.

Student Finance England contact information 

Contact Point Student Finance England
Phone number 0845 300 50 90
Opening hours
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm;
Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5:30pm
0845 604 44 34
(only works with minicom device)
Address for paper applications and evidence
Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Address for EEA migrant worker
applications and evidence
EEA Migrant Worker Applications
Student Finance England
PO Box 89


Guidance on 16-19 Bursaries for Students 2018-19

The following section provides information to help young people meet the costs of participating in education and training after the age of 16.


What is the difference between EMA and 16-19 Bursary?

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) was paid to students directly from an external organisation and has been phased out gradually. This is no longer paid to students.

A 16-19 Bursary is paid by school from a special grant we receive. Please note this is a very small amount and may not be able to meet the demands of all students.


Do I qualify for a 16-19 Bursary?

  • I am beginning my 3rd year in Sixth Form (Year 14) and have been receiving Bursary for the last two years:
    You may be entitled to a 16-19 Bursary payment.
  • I am beginning my 2nd year in Sixth Form:
    If you received the Bursary last year you will be eligible for payment provided you still meet the conditions. You will need to re-apply.
  • I am beginning my 1st year in Sixth Form or I am a Year 13 student who did not receive the Bursary payment:
    You need to check the table below, to see if you qualify for financial support.
Priority Criteria Entitlement
  • Students who are in care or have just left care and are living independently.
  • Students receiving income support in their own name.
  • Disabled students who are receiving both the Employment Support Allowance and the Disability Living Allowance.
Bursary Payment – 6 payments of £200 paid every six school weeks. (Duration 36 school weeks).
  • Students who are registered for 'free school meals' (students wishing to apply for this should use the Free School Meals application form).
You will be automatically eligible for payments from the fund.
  • Students whose household income is less than £21,000 per year. This should be either a combined income or if living with a single parent and single income.
Bursary Payment – may apply for part or full reimbursement of course related costs.

Special Cases

We are aware that there are times when students suddenly face a change in financial circumstances, often part way through the year. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis but where there is genuine hardship, we will do all we can to help.

Students should speak to Mr Howell or Mr Cooper about this and a case should be put in writing.


Are there any conditions attached to any of these payments?

Any student who is eligible for a 16-19 Bursary (Vulnerable, Medium or Low) must have met all of these conditions in order to qualify.

  • have attended all required lessons, house mentor periods and assembly.
  • must not have had any disciplinary issues.
  • have met (or clearly working towards) all academic targets and personal targets.


I think I am entitled to financial support, what to do next?

If you are in Sixth Form and are entitled to a Bursary payment, then complete the application form from the bottom of the page and return it to Mr Howell with all supporting evidence as soon as possible. If approved, payment will only be made from the date of application. The earlier you apply, the more money you will receive.


What evidence will I need to supply?

Total Household Income: £21,000
Type of Income Evidence Required
Household Income
P60 for tax year 2017-18, or last week in March 2018 payslip or month 12 (March 2018) payslip or Working Tax Credit Award Notice marked 2018-19 for each earning adult.
Income Support Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months.
Employment Support Allowance Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months.
Disability Living Allowance Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months.
Eligible for free school meals Registered through the school reception with all documents required.

Please supply original documents and not photocopies.

If you require any help in filling out the form, or in understanding any of this, Mr Howell will be able to help.


Bursary travel subsidy

It has now been agreed that as of Tuesday 26th February 2019, Sixth Form students who are in receipt of the 16 to 19 student bursary may be eligible to claim a travel subsidy in addition to the usual bursary payments. To be eligible to claim, the student must travel to/from school via public transport only – this does not include students who drive or get lifts. Up to 50% of the travel costs can be claimed each week to a maximum of £6.25 per week. As with the bursary, payments will be made termly in arrears (for example travel subsidies for term 4 will be paid during term 5).
If you believe you are eligible to claim, a copy of the bursary travel subsidy form is available below or from Mr Mitchell and should be completed, signed and handed in to Mr Mitchell at the end of each term with valid travel receipts attached to the form.


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