16-19 Bursary Guidance 

Bursary application forms will be ready to download from the College website or can be picked up from Student Services from the first week in June 2018.

Bracknell and Wokingham College is able to provide bursary financial support to students from funds awarded to the College from the Education Funding Agency via Capita for this purpose.

Key Principles

  • Bursary Financial Support is provided to support learners with a specific financial need that could prevent them from participating in learning.
  • Funding is focused on individuals who are financially disadvantaged.
  • The budget for Bursary Support is limited; learners who are eligible for support are not automatically entitled to it.

Vulnerable Students and Young Carers

  • Young people in care/care leaver/looked after child. 
  • Young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credits in your own name.  
  • Disabled young person (aged 16-18) in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.
  • Young carers are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult

Eligibility Criteria

  • be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2017 or
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2017 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2017 and continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) 
  • meet the residency criteria in EFA 2017 to 2018 academic year funding regulations for post-16 provision
  •  be participating in provision that is subject to inspection by a public body which assures quality (such as Ofsted), the provision must also be either funded directly by EFA or by EFA via a local authority

 Areas of financial support that may be available if the total household income is below £21,000

  • Travel if using public transport and if you live more than 3 miles walking distance from College. Up to a maximum of £1000 per academic year.
  • Meal vouchers for days with at least 5hrs of timetabled lessons.
  • Equipment and clothing where it is a requirement for the course.
  • UK Trips – at the discretion of student services dependant on available funding.
  • Childcare - you may be eligible for Care to Learn (please speak to a member of the Student Services team for more information).

Free Meals

If your household income is below £16,190 you will automatically be entitled to free meals (meal vouchers) if you qualified for FSM in year 11 at school (you will still need to fill in a bursary form).

Areas of financial support that may be available if the total household income is between £21,000 and £31,000

  • Travel if using public transport and if you live more than 3 miles walking distance from College up to a maximum of £800 for the academic year 2017/18.

Application process

  • An application form is available to collect from Student Services or it is available to download from the College’s website.
  • Eligibility is based on financial need and so those applying will be means tested and required to provide accurate information about their household income.
  • Forms must be submitted to Student Services along with all required evidence.
  • A decision about eligibility can be made prior to enrolment but funds cannot be released until the student enrols.
  • Students will be notified in writing by letter about the outcome of their application.
  • Student Services will aim to respond to applications within 15 days however during the busy period at the start of the autumn term this may not be possible.

 Please note

  • These awards are at the College’s discretion and are not an entitlement.
  • Funds are limited and applications will be considered strictly in the order in which they are received by Student Services. No more applications can be considered once the whole fund is allocated
  • Applications received after the advertised closing date will be placed on a waiting list.
  • These notes are for guidance only for more detail please refer to the bursary policy available from Student Services.


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