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Vulnerable Learner / Priority Bursary

To qualify for the Vulnerable Bursary, the learner should be

  • A young person currently in care or an unaccompanied asylum seeker
  • A recent care leaver
  • In receipt of Income Support or equivalent Universal Credit in their own name
  • In receipt both Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name

Discretionary Bursary / Travel Cost Contribution

To qualify for the Discretionary Bursary, the learner must:

  • Aged 16 or over but under 19 years of age on the 31st August 2017
  • Aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2017 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (ECHP)
  • Aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2017 and continuing on a study programme you began aged 16 – 18
  • Meet the residency criteria in EFA 2017 to 2018 academic year funding regulations for post-16 provision
  • Be participating in provision that is subject to inspection by a public body which assures quality (such as Ofsted), the provision must also be either:
    • Funded directly by EFA or by EFA via a local authority
    • Otherwise publicly funded and lead to a qualification (up to and including Level 3) accredited by Ofqual or pursuant to Section 96 or the Learning and Skills Act 2000
    • A 16 to 19 traineeship programme
  • Live in a household where the total annual income is below £24,000.00.

To qualify for the travel cost contribution the learner must:

  • Be under 19 years of age on the 31st August 2017
  • Live over 2 miles from their centre of learning
  • Live in a household where the total annual income is below £24,000.00

N.B. Learners may be entitled to both of the above or just the Discretionary element BUT bursaries are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and there may not be enough funding for all applicants.

Free Lunch

To qualify for a free lunch, the learner must:

  • Be entitled to Vulnerable Learner / Priority Bursary
  • Live in a household receives Income Support; income-based Jobseekers Allowance; income related Employment 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 £16,190.00 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs); Working Tax Credit Run-On – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit; during the initial rollout of the benefit, Universal Credit.

N.B. If the house hold receives Working Tax Credits in addition to the above the learner will not receive free meals