Strictly for students aged 16-18 and less than 19 on 31 August 2023 where total household income is less than £37,500.
If you are aged 19+ and this is the first year of your course please visit our Support for students aged over 19 page.
- Travel Bursary
This is a means-tested bursary of up to £600 depending on where you live to help with the costs of travelling to The Bedford Sixth Form. 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 £37,500.
- Vulnerable Learner Bursary
Young people aged 16-18 that are living independently in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support that are living independently and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance are eligible to receive a bursary of up to £1,200 a year.
- Essential Course Costs Bursary
You may be able to receive up to 75% of essential course costs. To qualify, for those aged 16-18 your household income must be £37,500 or less.
- Meals Bursary
The meals bursary affords eligible students with a free healthy meal up to £5.00 whilst at The Bedford Sixth Form on the days they are timetabled to attend. Funds are loaded on student ID cards/way2pay app, daily and this can be used towards the cost of Food purchased at The Bedford Sixth Form.
- 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.
16-19 Bursary Policy
16-19 Eligibility Criteria
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 16-18 Bursary Fund requires that a student:
- be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2023 or
- be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2023 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2023 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 2023 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.
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
2023/24 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.Launch eligibility checker