16-19 Bursary Fund
16-19 Bursary Fund
The purpose of the 16-19 Bursary Fund is to provide financial support students to enable them to continue in education where they would otherwise be prohibited from doing so on financial grounds. The bursary fund is made available from the government through its funding body, Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for 16 to 19 year olds. Government guidance indicates that the bursary must only be used to directly meet educational expenses.
For more information on the 16-19 Bursary Fund, see the government website: https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund
The 16-19 Bursary at Aston Academy is divided into two separate funds:
Travel and regular costs: Students in Category A and Category B will receive a half-termly payment to cover the cost of travel to and from school, as well as small, regular costs (such as stationery) that would not warrant an application to the educational expenses fund. Travel costs will be based on a single bus fare using a Travel South Yorkshire Zoom 16-18 pass (currently 80p), for the number of days that students attend school during the half term that the payment is made.
One-off educational expenses: Eligible students in all Categories may claim for educational expenses. This may include expenses such as: IT equipment, books, online learning resources, educational visits, enrichment opportunities, university open day visits and the UCAS application fee. Students will be required to submit a claim for the products or services that they require, and where possible the school will pruchase the items on the student's behalf. Where this is not possible, students will receive a full or or partial reimbursement for any expenses, depending on their level of assessment and the availability of funding, upon submission of a valid receipt or other proof of purchase.
Students may apply for the bursary if they are eligible in one of the following categories:
- Category A: Student is one or more of the following: currently in care (LAC) or is a care leaver; financially independent and in receipt of Universal Credit; in receipt of Personal Independence Payments; an unaccompanied asylum seeker under the age of 18
- Category B: Student is from a household with a total income below £16,190.
- Category C: Student is from a household with a total income below £30,000.
Households can apply a deduction to their total income if there are other persons under 18 who are financially dependent (i.e. siblings) living in the household. The deduction is £1750 per dependent.
For example, a student from a household with a total income of £33,000 and two siblings would be eligible, as this deduction would reduce the assessed income to £29,500.
The application form for the 2021/2022 academic year can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to print the form and would like a paper copy, students may collect one from the Post 16 office.
Completed application forms must be returned, along with all required evidence, to the school reception or Post 16 office in an envelope marked ‘FAO: Lisa Orange’
Please note that those eligible for funding during the last academic year (2020/2021) will need to re-apply in order to claim funding for 2021/2022, as financial circumstances and/or eligibility criteria may have changed.