16-19 Bursary

Our 16-19 Bursary Fund is strictly for students aged 16-18 and less than 19 on 31 August 2021, who have lived in the UK/EEA for the past three years and whose total household income is less than £30,000. If you are aged 19+ please visit our Adult Support Fund page.

Important eligibility criteria is available at the bottom of the page.

Travel Bursary This is a means-tested bursary of £350 or £600 depending on where you live to help with the costs of travelling to college. It is only available if you do not receive subsidised travel through your local authority; you live more than three miles from the campus and have a household income of less than £30,000.
Shuttleworth College Bus Pass

The Shuttleworth College Bus Pass can be purchased at a fee of either £300 or £650 depending on your eligibility.

The travel bursary (£450) will go towards the cost of the Shuttleworth annual bus pass, and

  • you will be required to pay a discounted fee of £300 if you pay in one instalment or
  • you will be required to pay a discounted fee of £330 if you pay in three termly instalments of £110
Vulnerable Learner Bursary You could get up to £1,200 towards your course costs, meals and travel if at least one of the following applies:
  • you’re in or have recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit in your name
  • you’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name.
Essential Course Costs Bursary

You could get up to 75% off essential course costs such as hairdressing kits, uniforms, books or trips. Where the essential course item is provided by Bedford College, for instance, a uniform or a trip, your bursary will be transferred to your department and you will be required to pay the difference.  This is not available to students on the second year of a two year course unless essential course costs are specified for the second year.

Meals Bursary

The meals bursary affords eligible students with a free healthy meal up to £3.00 whilst at College on the days they are timetabled to attend.
Funds are loaded on student ID cards, daily and this can be used towards the cost of purchases at tills in the college refectories.
There is also the option to top-up your ID card with additional money to buy additional items – available at Cauldwell and Shuttleworth campuses.
Funds not taken up on the day will not be carried over, students must use it on the day or lose it.

Residential Bursary (Shuttleworth) We offer a bursary of up to 75% towards the residential fees for students from lower income households. Priority is given to students who live the furthest away from Shuttleworth College. Eligible students will be given the option to pay the balance in instalments.
Childcare Support If you're a parent aged 16-19 the Government's Care to Learn scheme could help you. You can find out more on the Care to Learn website.

2020/21 Financial Support Applications

After you've answered the questions in our eligibility checker, if you qualify you will then be able to start your application. You will be required to upload evidence to prove your eligibility so please have this to hand. You will also be able to save your work and come back to complete your application at a later time.

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List of Eligible Programme Types 2019/20

Your course must be either:

  • funded directly by ESFA or by ESFA via a local authority
  • funded or co-financed by the European Social Fund
  • otherwise publicly funded and lead to a qualification (up to and including Level 3)
  • accredited by Ofqual or is pursuant to Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000
  • a 16 to 19 traineeship programme
  • The Prince’s Trust Team programmes: Non-employed students aged 16 to 19 who are participating in a Prince’s Trust Team Programme are eligible to receive the bursary in the same way as any other student participating in an eligible, publicly funded course.

Students must provide evidence of how they meet the three strands of eligibility for financial support to include age, residency and household income, as well as be studying on a programme that is subject to inspection by a public body such as Ofsted and the course must be funded directly by the ESFA or by the European Social Fund (ESF) – we can establish this fact from our college database.

Non-employed 16-19 students on The Prince’s Trust Team Programme are eligible to receive the bursary in the same way as a student on a publicly funded course. Students on a 16 to 19 traineeship programme are also eligible.

Eligibility for the 16-19 Bursary Fund requires that a student:

  • be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2019 or
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2019 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2019 and continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’)
  • meet the residency criteria of three years within the EEA before the start of the course
  • meet the low household income threshold as set by the College

Eligibility for the Vulnerable Learner Bursary, students must provide proof of being in one of the following defined vulnerable groups:

  • in care of a Local Authority Borough Council (not private fostering)
  • care leavers from a Local Authority Borough Council
  • in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right because they are financially supporting themselves and/or someone who is living with them as a child or partner
  • in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit as well as Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

Note: As well as the evidence of IS or UC, colleges are required to see a tenancy agreement in the student’s name, a child benefit receipt, children’s birth certificates, utility bills etc. for students who live independently. This evidence must also be provided to qualify for support where applicable to the student.

Exceptions: the following categories are not eligible for the 16-18 Bursary:

  • Students enrolled on 14-16 provision. However, students aged under the age of 16 on 31 August 2018 and enrolled on an eligible programme of learning may receive financial support with the agreement of the Bursary Panel.
  • Students participating through partnership arrangements – apprenticeships.
  • Students on higher education.

Meals Bursary

From 1 April 2018, Universal Credit will have an income threshold (a maximum net earned income of £7,400). Continuing students who were eligible for free meals immediately prior to 1 April 2018, but do not meet the new criteria after this date, will receive transitional protections and will continue to be eligible for free meals until the end of their course of study

Students must firstly satisfy the general age, residency and course eligibility criteria.

Students will receive a free healthy meal each day they attend the college if in receipt of qualifying means-tested benefits such as:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • The meals bursary is also available for eligible students aged 19 to 24 subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).
  • Students who are eligible for free meals in further education can apply for meal voucher whilst on their extended work placement

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