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Key Stage 5 Bursary Fund

What Bursary Funds are available?

There are two Bursary Funds available for students in Year 12 and 13. They are:

· The 16-19 Vulnerable Student Bursary: this fund is for defined vulnerable groups only, who may be awarded a Bursary of up to £1,200 a year.

· The 16-19 Discretionary Bursary: this fund is designed to meet the individual needs of students not covered by the Vulnerable Groups Bursary and can support with, for example, the cost of smart business wear, transport, meals, books, equipment, trips and other costs associated with their education.


Who can apply to the 16–19 Vulnerable Student Bursary Fund?

The 16-19 Vulnerable Student Bursary Fund is available for students who meet both the age and residency criteria and one of the four vulnerable group criteria below and has a financial need.

Age: the student who is applying must be aged 16 or over but under 19 as at 31 August of the current academic year.

Residency: Students must have been resident in the UK for three years on 1st September of the academic year that they make this application.

Vulnerable Groups:

· Students in care, including those placed with a foster carer by the Local Authority.

· Care leavers.

· Students in receipt of income support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves and anyone who is dependent on them and living with them; such as a child or partner.

· Students in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence payments, Employment and Support Allowance (known as Universal Credit) in their own right.


Who can apply to the 16 – 19 Discretionary Bursary Fund?

Applications to the 16-19 Discretionary Bursary Fund are considered on a case-by-case basis. Funds are limited and priority is given to those students who are most in need. Students should apply as soon as possible at the start of the academic year, ideally within 4 weeks of joining GPUTC, and can apply once a year only. Second applications within the same academic year will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.


A student whose parent/carer receives one or more of the following benefits is entitled to apply for the

16 – 19 Bursary Fund:


· Income Support

· Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

· Universal Credit (previously known as Income-related Employment and Support Allowance)

· Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

· The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

· Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

· Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


Bursary Application Process

To apply, please email You will be sent an application form to fill in; please give as much detail as you can so we can process your application quickly.


If you need help to complete this form, please contact the Student Welfare team via phone or email (