16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals

16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals

16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is for young people who need some financial support to help them stay in education after 16.

There are 2 types of bursary:

A Bursary of £1,200 a year to young people who:

  • are in care/care leavers, or
  • are receiving income support (or universal credit), or
  • have a disability and receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or universal credit and personal independence payments)

A Discretionary Bursary for students who are most in need. Priority will be given to:

  • 1 students eligible for free college meals (see over for information)
  • 2 students whose families receive child/working tax credit and/or annual gross household income less than £22,000

Unfortunately this may result in some students not receiving financial support.

The Bursary Fund can contribute towards the cost of travel and essential course equipment, educational visits, etc.

16-19 Free College Meals

As well as the bursary fund, some students may receive free college meals. You will be eligible for these if you or your parent(s) receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • State Pension Credit (guarantee element)
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Universal Credit

Further advice and application forms are available the Business Director or email rmarinelli@cowesec.org


16-19 Bursary and Free College Meals Application FormDownload
Bursary GuidanceDownload
Bursary and Free School Meals ApplicationDownload