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Financial Support Guidelines

16-18 Bursary Fund

There are two types of bursaries available to help students aged 16-18. The Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1200 for students meeting the high priority criteria, and the Discretionary Bursary for students meeting the medium or low priority criteria.

The Discretionary Bursary funds are limited, and students are encouraged to apply early.

Bursary Group Eligibility Criteria Evidence Required

High Priority

For defined vulnerable groups

The defined vulnerable groups are students aged 16-18 (or 19-24 with an EHCP) who are:

  • In care
  • Care leavers
  • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name because they are financially supporting themselves (and someone who is dependent on them such as a child or partner if relevant)
  • Receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments and Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own name

In some cases, a student may meet the high priority criteria, but their financial needs are already met, or they have no relevant costs.

  • In care or a care leaver
  • Written confirmation of their current or previous status from the relevant local authority. The evidence could be a letter or email but must clearly be from the local authority.
  • Income Support or Universal Credit
  • A copy of their Income Support or UC notice. This must clearly state that the claim is in the student’s name / confirm they are entitled to benefits in their own right. For students in receipt of UC, we must also see a tenancy agreement in the student’s name, (and a child benefit receipt and child/children’s birth certificate if relevant)
  • DLA or PIP and ESA or UC

A copy of their ESA or UC claim. Evidence of DLA or PIP must also be provided.

Medium Priority

Discretionary Bursary*

For students aged 16-18 (or 19-24 with an EHCP) who:

Have a gross household income of £19,891 or less

OR

Are entitled to Free School Meals

Evidence of total household income such as:

  • P60 and last 3 months payslips
  • Self-employed income evidence
  • Benefit award notice from DWP dated within last 6 months. Older notice acceptable if accompanied by recent bank statement naming benefit received.
  • Working Tax Credit / Child Tax Credit award notice
  • Universal Credit – 3 most recent monthly award statements to estimate assumed income for a full year.
  • Company or private pension statement
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration Act 1999 award letter

Certified letter from the Local Authority regarding Free School Meals

Low Priority

Discretionary Bursary*

For students aged 16-18 (or 19-24 with an EHCP) who:

Have a gross household income of between £19,892 and £25,000

Evidence of total household income such as:

  • P60 and last 3 months payslips
  • Self-employed income evidence
  • Benefit award notice from DWP dated within last 6 months. Older notice acceptable if accompanied by recent bank statement naming benefit received.
  • Working Tax Credit / Child Tax Credit award notice
  • Universal Credit – 3 most recent monthly award statements to estimate assumed income for a full year.
  • Company or private pension statement
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration Act 1999 award letter

*Discretionary bursary to contribute towards travel costs, essential course equipment, meals in college, course related trips, UCAS fee, exam resit fees, travel to university open days or other college resources.

Those in the Low Priority group will be considered for funding based on the college’s allocation and subject to available funding after those in the High and Medium Priority groups have been awarded.

Care to Learn Childcare

If you are under 20 years old and have children, Care to Learn can help you with childcare costs while you study. You could receive up to £175 per week for each child.

For further information contact the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 or visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn

How to apply

Once you have enrolled on your course you can apply for your bursary using our online application form:

Apply here 

Get in touch

To contact us about your application for financial support, please email Finance@coulsdon.ac.uk

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