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16-19 Bursary Fund

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

This fund is made available from the Government through its funding body, Education Funding Agency (EFA), to provide assistance to students aged 16 - 19 years old whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

  • A Bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups
  • Discretionary Awards targeted towards those young people who cannot stay in education without financial help for things like transport, meals, books and equipment.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students at the School are eligible if they are at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31 August 2023 and meet the residency criteria set out by the EFA and fall into one of the two categories below:

Vulnerable Bursaries

Students eligible for vulnerable bursaries must fall into one of four defined vulnerable groups:

  • Young people in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
  • Care givers
  • Young people receiving Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in their own right
  • Young people receiving Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right​​​​

Discretionary Bursaries

Students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and at risk of not taking up or continuing in their education are eligible for a Discretionary Bursary. Typically, students are eligible if their household income is less than £25,000 pa, or they are entitled to Free School Meals, or they are in receipt of other means tested benefits.

Further information can be found on the RGS website or through the Finance Office. The application form and appropriate appendix needs to be handed to the Finance Office or emailed to and marked “Confidential - 16-19 Bursary Fund” as soon as possible, after admission to the Sixth Form in September. Sixth Form students are not eligible for Pupil Premium.