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16-19 Bursary


16-19 Bursary

You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 and:

  • studying at school or college (not university) in England
  • on a training course, including unpaid work experience

What a bursary is 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

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursary.

Vulnerable student bursary

You could get a bursary worth up to £1,200, depending on your circumstances and benefits.

Discretionary bursary

You could get a discretionary bursary if you need financial help but don’t qualify for a vulnerable student bursary. Your education or training provider decides how much you get and what it’s used for.

How your bursary is paid

Your provider will decide how you get your bursary. You might be:

  • paid in full or in instalments
  • paid in cash, by cheque or through a bank account
  • given a travel pass, free meals, books etc instead of money

Some providers also offer one-off payments to cover study trips or travel for university interviews.

For more information see https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/overview