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Etonbury Academy

16-19 Bursary


16 to 19 Bursary Fund is a scheme to help young people facing financial hardship to stay in full-time education.

The scheme is made up of two parts:

Those most in need will be eligible for a bursary of £1,200 a year. This includes young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support, and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. This bursary is referred to as the ‘full’ bursary.
Other students who need financial support to help them to stay in education or training may also be able to claim a bursary to help with costs of transport, food, equipment or other course-related costs. This bursary is referred to as a ‘discretionary’ bursary.



For the full bursary of £1,200, you must meet one of the following criteria by being a:

  • Young person in care

  • Care leaver

  • Young person receiving income support*

  • Disabled young person receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.*

For the discretionary bursary, you must be a student whose parents or carers are in receipt of:

  • Income support*

  • Income based Jobseeker‘s Allowance

  • Support from the National Asylum Support Service

  • Tax Credits (Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit) and have an Inland Revenue assessed annual income of less than £16,190 for the tax year 2022/2023

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance*



  • Be in receipt of Free School Meals

  • Be providing care to a sick or disabled relative

  • Have a long-term medical condition that can affect your studies.


*From 2013 the phased introduction of the Universal Credit to replace Income Support and Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments to replace the Disability Living Allowance commenced. Where applicable, these benefits will be taken into consideration.



Application is via an application form. Applications will need supporting evidence as appropriate. The amount of funding for the bursary scheme is limited. For the discretionary bursary, the amount paid will depend on the number of successful applications received.
If you believe that you may be eligible for a bursary, application forms can be printed from the link below and returned to the Sixth Form Office. Paper copies are also available from there and please check the application deadlines to ensure you don't miss out.

What is the 16-19 bursary fund to be used 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.