See if you qualify for the bursary

To help us target available funding at the most vulnerable young people.  We'll assess each application and will allocate funding in the priority order given below.

The value of the package of support we offer will depend on your needs and the number of people who apply.  Where we can only meet part of your costs, due to lack of funding, you or your parents/guardians may have to make up any balance.

Priority group 1

Vulnerable students who:

  • are in care or have recently left care
  • receive Income Support in your own name; or
  • are disabled and receive both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance in your own name.

Evidence you need to provide
You need to send us documents to prove that you fall within one of the above categories, which could include:

  • a letter confirming benefit you get
  • a letter from the council which confirms that you are, or have recently been, in care. (You can ask your social worker for this or contact BMBC Future Directions Team)

What you receive
If you apply and it's approved, you could receive a bursary up to the value of £1,200.

Priority group 2

All Y12 students who were entitled to receive a free school meal during their Y11 at school. Or whose household income is below the free school meals threshold of £16,200.

Evidence you need to provide
If you have ticked to say you received free school meals in Year 11, we'll carry out an eligibility check through the council’s benefits section.  You may not have to provide any more evidence of your family’s household income.  

What you receive
If you apply and it's approved, you could receive:

  • money off transport support
  • support with meals (determined by your attendance)
  • the cost of essential books, materials or equipment required to undertake your course
  • the full cost of essential course trips. 
  • possible support for other non essential course trips (at the discretion of the council and your provider)
  • the cost of fees to re-sit exams (only in cases) and university visits (travel costs only).

Priority group 3

Students whose household income is £21,000 or below. 

Evidence you need to provide
You will be asked to demonstrate why you need financial assistance. You'll need to provide documents which shows evidence of family household income, such as:

  • Tax Credit Award Notification
  • Benefit Entitlement
  • P60
  • Evidence of Self Employment Income.

What you receive
This will vary according to individual need. It will also be subject to if any money is left after the needs of priority groups 1-2 have been met.

Priority group 4

All students who do not fall into priority groups 1-3.  However who have an extreme financial problem and a specific, short-term education or independent living cost which they cannot meet. 

Evidence you need to provide
Relevant details which shows that your financial problem is extreme and short-term.  Your college will advise you about the types of evidence they will accept from you.

What you receive
Applications for support from students with extreme financial problems will be considered at the council’s discretion. The type of support and financial assistance will vary according to individual need and the availability of funds. This may include:

  • trip costs.
  • materials/books/equipment costs.