Funding education for 16 to 19 year olds

Information for schools, colleges, local authorities and independent learning providers about 16 to 19 funding arrangements.

Latest news and updates

You can read the latest actions and information about 16 to 19 funding in our weekly ESFA Update. We also update our timeline for the academic year.

16 to 19 funding in 2024 to 2025

These pages detail the main changes for academic year 2024 to 2025.

Allocation timeline and supporting guidance

16 to 19 funding formula

These pages explain how we calculate elements of the 16 to 19 funding formula.

Financial support for students

We fund a number of schemes that provide financial support for young people to help them participate in education and training. Financial student support schemes can help eligible young people with the costs of their education. More information about the schemes can be found in the guidance below.

16 to 19 funding in 2023 to 2024

Funding regulations and guidance

T Levels and industry placements

T Levels launched in September 2020. They are courses that follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. Industry placements are a compulsory part of T Levels. ESFA has allocated capacity and delivery funding since academic year 2018 to 2019 to build the sector’s ability to deliver industry placements ahead of the roll out of T Levels.

High needs funding arrangements

Applying for 16 to 19 funding

ESFA 16 to 19 funding agreements and contracts

Published allocations

These pages detail the funding allocations from each academic year published on GOV.UK. You can view older, archived funding allocations on the National Archives website.

Published 10 March 2014
Last updated 15 May 2024 + show all updates
  1. We have added a 'Published allocations' section and included links to all of the previously published allocations transparency data.

  2. We've updated this page for academic year 2024 to 2025

  3. We've removed outdated links and added links for 2023 to 2024, including qualifications affected by programme cost weighting changes.

  4. We have updated the page for information on funding for academic year 2022 to 2023.

  5. We have added the high needs funding arrangements for 2021 to 2022.

  6. We have added the 16 to 19 funding allocations supporting documents for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

  7. We have restructured this page to make it easier to find the information you need. We have also added information for 2020 to 2021 academic year.

  8. We have added the high needs funding arrangements for 2020 to 2021

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