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 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 may apply for reimbursement for educational expenses. This may include expenses such as: books, online learning resources, educational visits, enrichment opportunities, university open day visits and the UCAS application fee. Students will receive a full or or partial reimbursement for these 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 £25,000.

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 in an envelope marked ‘FAO: Lisa Orange’ no later than Wednesday 20th October 2021. If you feel you will be unable to submit an application by this date, for example if you need additional time to gather the required evidence, please let us know via the email address below in advance of the deadline.

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 may have changed.

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At Aston we are committed to providing high quality learning and teaching, enabling everyone to reach their full potential, whatever their age, ability, gender or ethnicity.

We believe that every person is unique and we work together in an inclusive environment of mutual respect and consideration, valuing everyone's contribution.

Through our partnership with the local and wider community we aim to support our young people in successfully taking their place in society.

All adults in school have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

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