- be at least 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2022
- study at a publicly funded school or college, or be on an unpaid training course
- meet the residency requirements - your school or college can check this
Bursary for students in vulnerable groups
You may be able to get a bursary if at least one of the following applies:
- you’re in or you recently left local authority care
- you get Income Support or Universal Credit because you’re financially supporting yourself
- you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
- you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit
The amount you may get depends on the costs you have and what you need for your course. This might include money for books, equipment or travel costs to school or college.
Your school or college will have their own criteria for discretionary bursaries. They’ll look at your individual circumstances - this usually includes your family income.
Ask student services about their criteria and any evidence you’ll need.
You can apply to a discretionary bursary if you’re over 19 and either:
- continuing on a course you started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ‘19+ continuer’)
- have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)