16-19 Bursary Fund

Understanding the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund aims to provide financial assistance to students, helping them address specific barriers preventing them from continuing their education.


  • Students must be aged between 16 and 18 as of 31 August for the relevant academic year.

Bursary Categories:

  1. Bursaries for Vulnerable Groups: Specifically designed for students with more pronounced needs, reflecting that they’re likely not receiving financial aid from parents or guardians.
  • Eligibility:
    • In care or are care leavers.
    • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit due to financial self-support, or supporting a dependent like a child or partner.
    • Receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments, as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit.
  1. Discretionary Bursaries: Distributed based on policies set by institutions in accordance with national guidelines.

Both bursary types aim to alleviate financial hindrances, ensuring only the deserving receive this assistance.

Claiming Funds:

    • Institutions don’t receive an upfront allocation for bursaries for vulnerable groups. They claim funds by submitting through the Student Bursary Support Service (SBSS) portal.
    • Before making a claim, institutions must confirm a student’s eligibility and assess the needed bursary amount.
    • A student may be eligible yet might not have a financial need, which means an institution can decline the bursary request. Similarly, the awarded amount should only match the student’s genuine needs, and not automatically be set to ¬£1,200 if the full amount isn’t necessary.
    • For the 2022 to 2023 academic year, claims can be made online at the SBSS Portal

Contact: For more details or questions, please reach out to Bijou Tooby, btooby@aatrust.co.uk 

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