Bursary Information

16-19 BURSARY FUND

Making college affordable for all

The Student Bursary is to assist students on a low income to manage the costs of studying and is categorised as follows:

A – Guaranteed Bursary

To be eligible you should be either:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

OR

B – Discretionary Bursary

  • If your household income is less than £25,000 you may be eligible for a weekly bursary payment of £10 over 38 weeks, or you may be issued with a transport pass if you use our private transport to travel to college. Proof of your household income is required.

Free College Meals

To be eligible for free college meals you must be aged 16-19 and you or your parent or guardian must receive one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they 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 (HMRC))
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa

We have an electronic payment system so that students can discretely pay for their meal using their college ID badge. Please do apply if you think you qualify.

Your application will be assessed for both free college meals and the 16-19 bursary fund.

Further enquiries can be made by contacting bursary@winstanley.ac.uk

For the Bursary Application Form click here

Student Bursary Guidelines

What is the 16-19 Student Bursary?

The Student Bursary is to assist 16-19 year old students who face financial difficulties in continuing in full time education. The Bursary Fund is categorised as follows:-

  1. The Guaranteed Bursary – A

If you are eligible for this type of Bursary you can get at least £1200 per year (£30.00 per week over 38 weeks). To be eligible you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

Evidence will need to be supplied e.g. letters from the Local Authority, Social Worker, income support documents.

  1. The Discretionary Bursary – B

If your household income is less than £25,000 you may be eligible to a weekly bursary payment of £10 over 38 weeks, or you may be issued with a transport pass if you use our private transport to travel to college. Proof of your household income is required.

What is the income threshold?

To be eligible to apply for the Discretionary Bursary the total household income must be below £25,000.

Who will be eligible to apply for the Bursary Fund?

Students must be aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018. Students must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, for the last three years.

Will the Student Bursary be income assessed?

Yes, the Student Bursary will be assessed on household income of the person financially responsible for the student and with whom they live.

If the student lives independently or claims Income Support in their own right, only the student’s income will be assessed.

Evidence of Income

Evidence will need to be provided of income i.e. P60, current working tax credit award notice, benefit letters from DWP. Applications will not be considered without valid evidence.

When can I apply

You can apply at any time throughout the year depending on your circumstances.

Will payments be backdated once I have applied?

Payments will only be backdated if you apply before October half term.

How will you know if your application is successful?

The College will write to all applicants informing them of the outcome of their application. This will outline the level of assistance they will receive.

How will payments be made?

BACS transfers need to be paid to the student’s own bank account. A basic bank account (which students can open at age 16) allows BACS transfers and allows the student to withdraw money. More information on basic bank accounts can be found at British Bankers’ Association.

What to do if you are not happy with the decision regarding your application

Applicants are able to appeal against any decision made regarding their application. Appeals should be made in writing outlining reasons for the appeal and sent to the Finance Department at the College.

Changes in circumstances

You will be required to inform the Bursary Fund Administrator of any changes in your financial situation.

Data Protection

Any data supplied will be protected by the Data Protection Act 1998/GDPR 2018.

Confidentiality

Applications and evidence of income are only seen by staff involved in the delivery of the Student Bursary Scheme.

Information

If you require any further information please contact the Finance Department at the College at Bursary@Winstanley.ac.uk.

Applications forms can be completed on your computer or by hand, but must be submitted as a signed hard copy in order to satisfy our financial regulations.