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Financial support

The 16-19 Bursary Fund provides financial support for sixth form students to overcome specific barriers to remain in education. The fund has previously been administered by Sheffield City Council.

Due to changes from the DfE in how the bursary can be used, the council cannot fulfil the requirements of the new regulations. Therefore, each Sheffield sixth form school will be responsible for their own bursary fund from September 2022.

The DfE is very clear that the bursary fund is intended to help students with the essential costs of participating in their study programme, so to help with the cost of essential books or equipment or with the cost of travelling to school or college, for example. The bursary fund is not intended to support costs not related to education.

Eligible learners can claim from the bursary to cover the cost of:

  • Travel to and from school.
  • Meals – to the value of a free school meal unless already eligible for free school meals.
  • Essential materials including stationery.
  • Essential textbooks if not provided by school.
  • Calculators.
  • Travel expenses for university open day visits – for students only.
  • Course related activities and visits.
  • Sport activities where these relate directly to the course.
  • UCAS application fee.

School will provide all materials. The DfE expects schools "to pay bursaries in-kind rather than cash as far as possible".

The bursary policy for September 2022 can be found on our policies page.

All students in Year 12 can apply for the 16-19 bursary by completing the on-line application form. All students who have received the bursary this academic year must re-apply for September 2022 to be eligible; there is no automatic roll-over. Appropriate evidence must be supplied and securely uploaded.

Once eligibility has been approved, a separate application form will be available to claim the items that financial assistance for which financial assistance is required.

Click the button below to access the online application form for the 16-19 bursary:

Further information is available to download at the bottom of this page, including a document that will help you to gather all the information you will need before you fill out the online application. 

If you have any questions about the bursary, eligibility or uploading evidence, please ask at the Sixth Form Office.