Financial Support

16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a means-tested fund available to provide help with the extra costs incurred by deciding to stay in education. Your household income needs to be £31,000 or less in order to qualify.

It is available to students:

  • aged 16-18 at the start of their course
  • aged 19-24 who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)


A new application must be made at the start of each academic year and recent relevant evidence will need to be provided to support that application. The amount of money the government awards the college for the 16-19 Bursary Fund changes each year. As a result, the financial support available annually to individual students is dependent on the funding allocation received and the number of eligible students.

19+ Discretionary Learner Support

Students (without an EHCP) age 19 or older on 31 August 2021 may be eligible to apply for discretionary support if you are studying a funded programme at WQE (i.e. you are not paying tuition fees). Limited funding is available and as far as possible the eligibility criteria as agreed for the 16-19 Bursary Fund will apply.

Support available

The eligibility criteria is split into three different bands and this is reviewed on a termly basis as the amount available to each student is dependent on the overall number of students eligible for bursary support. Please note this may increase or decrease during the year.

Eligibility criteria

To view the eligibility criteria for 2021/2022, click here.

Evidence of benefits received and household income

Income Based Job Seekers Allowance

Income Based Employment and Support Allowance

State Pension Credit or Income Support

An original letter from the relevant Benefit Agency confirming entitlement. This letter must be no more than one month old.

Universal Credit

The three most recent monthly statements. If Universal Credit has only recently been awarded, please provide the statements that are available. The full statements need to be provided; these can be accessed from your online Universal Credit account.

National Asylum Support Services (NASS)

A letter confirming your NASS registration number. Please be aware you will be eligible for specific forms of support; contact Student Services for further details.

Tax Credits

You must submit a complete Tax Credit Award Notice (TCAN) as evidence of your household income. The TCAN will be for the period 06/04/2021 to 05/04/2022. The full document must be provided.

The student for whom the application is made must be named in the TCAN throughout the entire period of the TCAN. If your parents/carers have not notified HMRC that you are continuing into Further Education, they must do so immediately. We cannot process your application without this information.
The TCAN must show your legal name (not your preferred or shortened name).

If the TCAN refers to receipt of a Benefit, as listed above, we need to see evidence of the stated Benefit instead of the TCAN.

If the Benefit referred to is no longer being paid, your parent/carer will need to request an up to date TCAN.
If the total household income is above £31,000 you will not normally qualify for financial support from the College.

Evidence of your bank account details

Reimbursements from the 16-19 Bursary Fund can only be made to a student’s bank account.

You need to provide evidence in the form of an official document (usually either an account opening letter or bank statement) which contains your account number, sort code, roll number (for building society accounts only), the account holders name and bank/building society name.
Evidence of a bank account not in the student’s name will result in your application being rejected.

Note: for NASS (National Asylum Support Service) supported students you will not need to upload anything here. Student Services will contact you, if your application is successful, outlining the support available.

Making an application

Applications to the Bursary Fund must be made electronically using the link to the application form below.

Before applying, please read the following information carefully to ensure that you understand what is required.

Please note that support is not immediate; we aim to process applications within 14 working days of receipt, however this can take longer in busy periods. We will start to process bursary applications for 2021/22 during w/c 23 August. Priority will be given to students who apply by the deadline of 30 September 2021.

We recommend that you fully complete the application, including uploading relevant evidence, and submit it immediately. Please ensure that you have all the information you need before starting to complete the form.

Forms will be rejected if not completed fully or evidence is incorrect or missing. This will result in a delay to your application being processed.

Please only submit one application. If you realise you have made a mistake and need to resubmit your application, or have any questions about the 16-19 Bursary Fund please contact our Student Services Team at

Multiple applications will cause confusion, and this is likely to increase the time it will take for us to make a decision.


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