Supporting You Financially

16-19 Bursary Fund & Free Meals 2018/19

Application forms for the academic year 2018/19 will be available in June.


16-19 Bursary Fund & Free Meals 2017/18

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on a low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education.

The Bursary Fund Application Form can be accessed here.

16-19 Bursary Fund & Free Meals 2017/18

The 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free Meals scheme can provide financial support to help some students in their learning.
Colleges are responsible for awarding bursaries to students, deciding the amounts, dates of payments and setting conditions that students should meet in order to receive payments.

The Bursary scheme is made up of three parts:

  1. Vulnerable Bursary

A guaranteed payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable students.  These are:

  • young people in care;
  • care leavers;
  • young people in receipt of Income Support (IS), or Universal Credit (UC) in place of Income Support;
  • young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP).


  1. Discretionary Bursary

Half-termly payments awarded to students with successful applications. Applications will only be successful if total household assessed income is £22,000 or below.

  1. Free Meals

Free Meals awarded if student or parent are in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • during the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit


If you think you are eligible to receive financial support through the 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free Meals scheme, applications are available to pick up from college or can be downloaded and printed here (the Application Form will open in a new window, ready for you to print).

Applications are now open and the initial deadline for applications to be returned is the end of August. A decision will be made by 8 September and all applicants will be notified if they have been successful.

Applications received after the deadline date may not be assessed until 30 September 2017 and applications received after this date will not be backdated.

The amount of Bursary award will be paid in relation to student attendance. An average percentage of each half term’s attendance will be the percentage of the Bursary funds that are paid e.g. a student with 94% attendance will receive £94.

All payments are subject to satisfactory effort and work performance. If a student is placed on a Senior Progress Tutor contract or above, of the College’s Formal Intervention Procedures then the Bursary payment will be withheld.

Bursary payments will be made by BACS direct into the student’s own bank account.

An initial payment will be made in September followed by five further payments, dates shown below.

Key Dates

31 August:           Deadline for receipt of applications
8 September:      All applications assessed (notification to follow shortly after)

Payment 1         15 September     £100 (late applicants will be advised a payment date)

Payment 2           6 November       £100 maximum

Payment 3           8 January            £100 maximum

Payment 4           19 February        £100 maximum

Payment 5           16 April                £100 maximum

Payment 6           4 June                 £100 maximum

If you have any questions or for further information about the 16-19 Bursary Fund email, please email: