Thomas Becket Catholic School

Thomas Becket Catholic School

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is a scheme to help young people facing financial hardship to stay in full-time education. The scheme is made up of two parts:

  • Those most in need will be eligible for a full bursary of £1,200 a year. This includes young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support, and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. This bursary is referred to as the ‘full’ bursary
  • Other students who need financial support to help them to stay in education or training may also be able to claim a bursary to help with costs of transport, food, equipment or other course-related costs. This bursary is referred to as a ‘discretionary’ bursary

Eligibility for a Bursary

Priority 1- For the full bursary, a student must meet one of the following criteria by being a:

  • Young person in care or care leaver
  • Young person receiving income support
  • Disabled young person receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.


Priority 2- For the discretionary bursary, a student must be one whose parents or carers are in

receipt of:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseeker‘s Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit/Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and whose total annual household income is less than or equal to £24,000
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Or as a student:

  • Being in receipt of Free School Meals
  • Who has a long term medical condition that can affect their studies and meets the discretionary criteria


Priority 3- For the one off payment (examples; bus pass, exam re-sit fee, educational resources)

  • This is for those students who are experiencing sudden and exceptional change in financial circumstances and do not qualify for the other two bursaries.
  • There is an application form to be completed outlining what the need is and why the need has occurred.


Applications & Deadlines

Please find attached the Bursary Application Form.