Please fully read the below information to understand how to make an application.

16-18 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund aims to help 16 to 19 year olds overcome any financial barriers they may face if they continue in education after the age of 16.

The fund has two elements: the Vulnerable Bursary for vulnerable young people and the Discretionary Bursary for young people facing financial barriers. These funds can be used by the students to help pay towards the costs related to participation in full-time education, such as transport, meals, university open days, university interviews, books and equipment.

Age of Applicants

Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a discretionary bursary if they are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). These students can receive a discretionary bursary while they continue their education (in the case of a 19+ continuer, this must be the same programme they started before they turned 19), as long as their eligibility continues and their institution considers they need the additional support to continue their participation. Students aged 19 or over are not eligible for the vulnerable student bursary.

Students who are aged 19 on the 31 August prior to the start of their course will be eligible to apply for this funding only if they have a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Residency of Applicants

Students must meet the residential requirements as stated below:

• be a UK national born here or have UK citizenship or a UK passport with three years of continuous residence in the UK before starting their course or

• have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or

• come from an EU or EEA country and have lived in the UK for three years.

Vulnerable Bursary

The following nominated vulnerable groups are eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year:

• students in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking students

• students who are care leavers

• students in receipt of Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit in their own right

• students in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

Students will need to complete an application form and supply evidence of eligibility as appropriate before payments are made. Payments are on a weekly basis into the bank account of the student, two weeks in arears.

If you think that you are eligible please print a copy of the Bursary Application Form at the bottom of the page, complete and send to the Student Services Administrator at the EN along with the relevant evidence.

For further information, refer to the 16-19 Discretionary & Vulnerable Bursary Fund & Free Meals Guidelines for 2019-20 on the EN website. No assessment will be made without supporting evidence.

Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary fund is available to students whose household income is £20,000 or less or in receipt of one of the specified benefits listed below:

• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance or the equivalent Universal Credit

• Income-based Employment & Support Allowance or the equivalent Universal Credit

• Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit

• Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credits with an income that does not exceed £20,000

If you think that you are eligible please print a copy of the Bursary Application Form at the bottom of the page, complete and send to the Student Services Administrator at EN along with the relevant evidence such as:

• Tax Credit Award Notice (2019-20)

• A letter confirming your entitlement to one of the above benefits (dated within the last three months)

For further information, refer to the 16-19 Discretionary & Vulnerable Bursary Fund & Free Meals Guidelines for 2019-20. No assessment will be made without supporting evidence.

The level of support which EN can offer is dependent on the total funding received and the numbers of applications it receives. The level of support offered may therefore vary during the academic year. If eligible and approved payment is made onto the student’s EN ID card.

Payment Conditions

Eligible students for the Vulnerable and Discretionary Bursaries will have to sign an Agreement before any payments can be made and may be withheld if the student does not comply with the criteria listed:

• Students are required to maintain minimum 90% attendance.

• Students should not record 15 minutes of lateness to any one lesson in any individual week or arrive late on three or more occasions in any individual week.

• Students should be timetabled for a minimum of 12 hours per week.

• Students are expected to behave appropriately at all times, both in lessons and around EN.

• Students are expected to complete all homework and assignments to the best of their ability.

We recognise that in some cases a medical condition may mean that maintaining 90% attendance will be very difficult. If a student suffers with such a condition but is able to keep fully up to date with their studies by working at home when they are unable to attend, they can ask the Student Services Administrator for special consideration in relation to the attendance requirement. This will be discussed at a bursary appeals panel and the student will be informed of the outcome.

If a payment is withheld and a student believes they have reasonable grounds to be paid, they should see the Student Services Administrator.

Students may spend money on meals, course materials, educational visits, exam resits, UCAS applications, university interviews or audition costs.

Free College Meals

Free meals will be made available for all eligible students. If a student is eligible, they will be able to spend up to the value of £2.50 per day, on days when studying at College or participating in a College related activity, to make purchases from the EN cafeteria or coffee shop.

Are you eligible for free meals?

Students must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2019 to be eligible for a free meal in the next academic year. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner.

Students who are aged 19 on the 31 August prior to the start of their course will be eligible to apply for this funding only if they have a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP.)

To be eligible for free meals, students need to be in receipt of, or have parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or the equivalent Universal Credit

• Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit

• Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Or

• Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

NB: Any student who is in receipt of or has parents who are in receipt of Universal Credit must have a net earned annual income of no more than £7400 to be eligible for Free College Meals.

Guidelines & Application Form

Applying for Sept 2019?  - Please click here to complete your application. 

If you require any further information please contact Lucy Hammond, Student Services Administrator on 01493 662234 or e-mail lhammond@eastnorfolk.ac.uk