Ashton Sixth Form College’s 16-19 Bursary fund can help 16-19* year olds where they may struggle financially.
In order to be entitled to the 16-19 Bursary, students must meet a range of criteria. Examples of the various catergories are listed below.
Students who are Looked After Children (in care), care leavers or on a special Guardianship Order, those who are on Income Support or Universal Credit(UC) Payment in their own name, and those registered as disabled and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance or UC and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment.
Students from households with a gross annual income (inclusive of any benefits/tax credits) of less than £25,000 are likely to be awarded a bursary, but students from households where the gross annual income is up to around this figure are welcome to apply. Students who fall near the threshold are advised to apply as we constantly review the bursary. We require as evidence your FULL up to date letter from DWP and 2021 P60 or P45 where applicable confirming annual income and allocation of tax credits. We require a copy of your latest Council Tax Bill and Housing Benefits statement (if appropriate). If self-employed please see additional details on application form.
Students who may or may not be in the above categories but who are experiencing significant financial hardship due to current/changed circumstances or with an exceptional situation.
This bursary is open for all 16-19* year olds to apply for and is granted normally on household income; however other exceptional circumstances will be considered.
*Students must be aged under 19 years on the 31st August in the academic year that they start the courses.
Before making your application it is important that you read the Bursary guidance notes which are available to view here, including the full eligibility criteria.
Category A Bursary
Eligible for up to £1200 per year paid normally at £30 per week. The remaining fund will be used to pay for trips, exam resits or other college expenses.
We will normally pay a weekly amount determined by the number of successful applicants. The college may also substitute the cash payment for travel passes or lunch vouchers at the college’s discretion.
All bursaries are paid subject to full attendance.
Free College Meals
To qualify for free meals students must be in receipt of, or have parents/ guardians who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
- Free School Meals in School
How to Apply
Applications are now available for students who will be studying at the college in 2021-22.
Before making your application it is important that you read the Bursary guidance notes which are available to view here.
Please send your complete bursary form with all supporting documents to:
The Bursary Office, Ashton Sixth Form College, Darnton Road, Ashton under Lyne. OL6 9RL.
We are currently accepting forms now. Early application is advised due to the current Covid-19 crisis.
Free College Meals Application Form is incorporated in the Bursary Application Form.
For more information regarding the Bursary, please contact Ray O'Neill