What is a bursary for?
A bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like:
- clothing, books and other equipment for your course
- transport and lunch on days when you are studying or training
Who can qualify?
The bursary fund is intended to support students who may face financial barriers to participation in education.
Priorities for funding
- We will administer the allocated funds in line with government guidelines.
- Applicants who qualify as ‘Vulnerable Groups’ are entitled to BURSARY A - a guaranteed Vulnerable Bursary and will receive £1200 per year. This will be made in payments on a monthly basis.
- Other applications will be means-tested for BURSARY B - this is a ‘Discretionary Bursary’
Applications for Bursary A
The college will apply directly to the government on behalf of a student if they can provide evidence that they fall within the Vulnerable Bursary criteria. Students could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:
- you’re in or have recently left local authority care
- you get Income Support or Universal Credit in place in your name, because you're financially supporting your child
- you’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit in place of ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name
You may get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks. You’ll usually get less, or no bursary if your course is shorter, you study part time or have few expenses.
Universal Credit (UC) is being rolled out across the country. It will gradually replace Income Support and the Employment and Support Allowance, which are both qualifying benefits for the vulnerable bursary.
- If your UC award is in place of Employment and Support Allowance you must also be receiving Disability Living Allowance or its replacement, Personal Independence Payment to be eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary.
Applications for Bursary B
Thomas Bennett Community College is responsible for determining the eligibility of applicants to this fund and for deciding the amount each student should receive. We will aim to distribute the funds fairly with regard to the needs of the individual student. Funds are limited and after the distribution of the guaranteed bursaries, funds will be distributed to students in receipt of free school meals or students whose parents/carers are currently in receipt of a means tested benefit (e.g. Income Support, Job seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Child Tax Credit.
There is no entitlement to a grant of a specific amount from the fund except for students eligible for the guaranteed bursary and the following may be considered:
- The amount awarded may depend on household income.
- It will also depend on the number of eligible applications received.
There are three broad bands of payment depending on overall family income – these act as an indicator for the school but can be adjusted based on individual need and evidence provided.
Band 1 = Annual household income of £16,000 or less
Band 2 = Annual Household Income of £16,000-£20,000
Band 3 = Annual Household Income of £20,000 - £25,000.
Applications for funds will only be considered if the form is fully completed and is accompanied by the evidence required.
Awards of bursaries are conditional and will be dependent upon students maintaining satisfactory attendance and displaying satisfactory behaviour at College. E.g. if a student falls below the attendance minimum of 95% without valid medical evidence they will be ineligible for bursary payments
Students who make outstanding progress may also be eligible for a bonus payment.
Students may purchase an item and claim reimbursement upon presentation of a receipt/invoice/bank statement/credit card statement, or items may be ordered by the College on behalf of the student. Cash payments will not be made.
PLEASE NOTE ANY APPLICATIONS FOR THE BURSARY WILL BE HANDLED SENSITIVELY AND IN CONFIDENCE – IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF THESE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA PLEASE SPEAK TO THE SIXTH FORM TEAM OR THE SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGER.