Guidelines for 16-18 Bursary Fund and Free Meals 2016/17
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis and early application is advised as funds are limited. Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee financial support. Applications will not be accepted if they are incomplete and/or do not have the relevant supporting documents. Completed application forms should be returned with supporting documents by Monday 3rd October 2016. Applications received after this date will be considered but payments may be affected.
There are two types of bursaries:
- A vulnerable bursary of up to £1200, for young people in the following defined vulnerable groups: in care, care leavers, in receipt of Income Support and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance AND Disability Living Allowance.
- Discretionary bursaries - for eligible learners with a combined household income of less than £25,000.The bursary contributes towards the cost of your course. This can include equipment, uniform, books and educational visits. The exact level of payment will be finalised after the application has been received.
You may also be entitled to a free meal from the College Café on 4 or the Deli if you or your parents receive:
- Income Support/Universal Credit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run on–paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Eligible students will be entitled to one meal, normally on the days they are timetabled to be in college. If you do not study at the main college site alternative arrangements will be made for you. For special dietary requirements please inform Student Finance.
- To qualify for this fund you must be aged between 16 and 18 on the 31st August 2016
- If you turn 19 after the 31st August 2016 you are still able to apply for this fund
- You must be enrolled on a course funded by the Education Funding Agency
- You must meet the residency criteria (for more information, please contact Student Services)
- Accompanied asylum seekers cannot receive cash payments. As long as an asylum seeker has not had their application refused then course related support can be provided such as books and equipment.
- Unaccompanied asylum seekers are entitled to cash payments
- Waged apprenticeship programmes are not eligible for a bursary
How is the Bursary paid?
The guaranteed bursary will be paid monthly and the discretionary bursary will be paid each term in November, February and May. To receive payments learners must maintain a minimum 90% attendance. Payments will be made directly into the learner’s bank account.
Pro Rata Payments
Learners on a part time programme and a course lasting less than 30 weeks will be awarded a relevant pro- rata amount. The bursary amount will be calculated on the total number of weeks/days of the course.
All learners will need to provide proof of their residency status, eligibility for the guaranteed or discretionary bursary and bank details.
If you (learner) are eligible for the bursary please provide one of the following:
- A letter setting out the benefit to which you are entitled to;
- Written confirmation of your current or previous looked-after status from the local authority which looks after you or provides your leaving care services.
You or your parent(s)/guardian(s) should provide proof of the following:
- Income Support/Universal Credit, Income-Related Employment Support Allowance or Income based Job Seekers Allowance, benefit letter dated within the last 3 months
- Tax Credit Award Notice 2016/17 showing learner’s name (all pages)
- Guaranteed Pension Credit letter for current year
- NASS support letter and recent Post Office benefit receipt (no less than one month old)
- P60 (2015/16) for both parents/guardian (if applicable), last 3 monthly pay slips or if paid weekly last 4 pay slips
- End of Year Tax Return if self employed
You will need to provide your bank statement, letter or bank card which clearly shows your name, sort code and account number.
Please return your form with supporting documents to Student Services as soon as possible. If you have any questions or would like advice on completing the form please call Student Finance on 020 8501 8115.
All the information in this guide was accurate at the time of publication in May 2016.