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16-19 Bursary Fund  

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?  

The fund is made available from the government through its funding body (Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) for 16-18 year olds) to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The new Bursary Scheme for 16 – 19 year olds has been put in place as a partial replacement for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), though it will receive substantially less funding than EMA.  

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?   

Students following government (YPLA or SFA) funded full time or part-time courses, who are 16 years and over and satisfy one or more of the following criteria:-  

  • Students aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31/08/18 who are in care; are leaving care; are in direct receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name; or are in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.  
  • Students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and facing the most significant barriers to participate in education.

 Please click on the link below for full details and application forms. 

Policy for the Distribution of the 16-19 Bursary Fund 2020-21