16-19 Student Bursary Fund Policy (2020/21)

The 16-19 Bursary Funds are paid by the Educational Funding Agency (EFA) to Academies so they can provide financial help to students whose access to education might be inhibited by financial consideration. A bursary is money that may be typically used to pay for things such as books, equipment, transport, field trips.

You may qualify for a student bursary of up to £1,200 if you are aged between 16 and 19, depending on your circumstance and the benefits you receive.

You must:

 

How to Apply for a 16-19 Bursary

Students who are commencing post 16 study in the Sixth Form from September 2020 may apply in writing using the Bursary Support Application Form which can be downloaded here. The deadline for applications for the academic year 2020/21 is Friday 4th September. The committee will meet to review applications at the end of September and students will be notified of the decision by Friday 25th September. Please send your completed form to finance@globalacademy.com.

 

There are three different types of bursary payment. Exact amounts paid are subject to change in response to the number of applicants.

Students are to be encouraged to apply for a Bursary as soon as possible after enrolment day in August. The 16-19 Bursary Committee will meet in September, February and April each year to review applications and approve payments for each term. The committee will consist of the Finance Director, the Principal and one member of the Finance and Audit Governor Committee.

 

 

Vulnerable Bursary

The most vulnerable students, as defined by the EFA guidance, are to receive Vulnerability Bursary of up to £1,200 per annum. This is payable each academic year the student is in education or training as long as they meet the criteria below; The student is;

  • In care
  • A care leaver
  • Getting Income Support or Universal Credit in place of Income Support in their own right because they are financially supporting themselves and anyone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner.
  • Getting Employment Support Allowance and Disability Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.

The Academy may also pay less depending on individual circumstances as per the EFA guidance referenced above.

How much: Up to £1,200 per year. Usually payable in 3 termly instalments. This could be payment towards another educational need if felt to be more appropriate by the academy for some items such as the academy’s cashless catering system, purchase of revision guides sold by the academy to students or payment onto a student transport card to bus travel or in circumstances where the student does not have a bank account.

You may get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks. You’ll be informed of what evidence is required, for example benefit letters.

Who can apply: Young people in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of income support and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.

 

DISCRETIONARY BURSARY: LEVEL ONE
 

Discretionary Bursary – for those who do not qualify for vulnerable bursary
Students who are identified as receiving a free school meal in past 6 years (ever6) or families are on means tested benefits are eligible to apply.

As a guide an award up to £800 per annum can be made throughout the year but this will depend on the individual need of the student and criteria such as distance to travel, dependants in household, young person has additional responsibilities, and household income. Other identified barriers to learning. The award may be higher or lower as will be based on individual need. Therefore, a blanket flat rate payment will not be made to all students who apply as award will reflect need.

Based on £800 usually payable in 3 termly instalments. This could be payment for some items such as the academy’s cashless catering system, purchase of revision guides sold by the academy to students or payment onto a student transport card or in circumstances where the student does not have a bank account. The award may be higher or lower depending on the number of applicants and will be determined based on the needs of the students.

Who can apply: Students who have been in receipt of Free School Meals in past 6 years or means-tested benefits.

 

DISCRETIONARY BURSARY: LEVEL TWO
Students from a household with an annual income not in excess of £25,000 but do not fall into the above categories, students may also apply. The 6th Form is mindful that there may be young people from homes above the £25,000 threshold who would be classed as “just about managing” and parents and carers may struggle to provide students with all the books and equipment they need.

As a guide an award up to £200 per annum can be made throughout the year but this will depend on the individual need of the student and criteria such as distance to travel, number of dependants in household, has young person has additional responsibilities and household income as examples. The award may be higher or lower as will be based on individual need therefore a blanket flat rate payment will not be made to all students who apply as will be assessed on need.

This could be paid in termly instalments or may be larger individual payments for specific identified items.

Alternatively, this may be used, if felt to be more appropriate by the academy, for some items such as the academies cashless catering system, purchase of revision guides sold by the academy to students or payment onto a student transport card to bus travel or in circumstances where the student does not have a bank account.

Who can apply: Those with an identifiable financial need who do not meet the above categories.

 

How to Apply for a 16-19 Bursary

Students who are commencing post 16 study in the Sixth Form from September 2020 may apply in writing using the Bursary Support Application Form which can be downloaded here. The deadline for applications for the academic year 2020/21 is Friday 4th September. The committee will meet to review applications at the end of September and students will be notified of the decision by Friday 25th September. Please send your completed form to finance@globalacademy.com

Suitable Evidence of Household Income

Students who are or have been eligible for Free School Meals in past 6 years will be eligible for Level 2 payment.

Students not receiving Free School Meals must provide evidence of household income. This will be used by the academy to decide whether support will be provided and the level of support. Suitable evidence may be in the form of:

  • Receipt of benefit and/or P60
  • Tax Credit Award Notice x 3 (so we can estimate annual income)
  • SA302 Form
  • Evidence of self-employment income

 

Payments will be made to Bank Accounts

Payments will be made into the student’s bank account and all relevant details of this account must be notified on the Bursary Support Application Form.

Change of Circumstances

Any change of financial circumstances must be notified immediately, and payment of funds will be reviewed in the light of this.

Complaints Procedure

The School’s normal complaints procedure should be used in cases where a student feels aggrieved about how their request for a bursary has been handled.

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