Lowestoft Sixth Form College 16-19 Bursary and Discretionary Support Funding

Information about applying for financial support through these funds will be sent out with enrolment packs during July/August for the 2020/21 academic year.

Discretionary Support Funding

2020/21 Discretionary Support Funding is available to eligible students whose household receive qualifying benefits, or who have a gross household employment income of less than £25,521 per annum. Evidence of income is required by providing an up-to-date award letter, dated no earlier than June 2020, relating to the benefit in payment or proof of earner income (P60 and payslips).

Eligible students are awarded funding to help pay for:
• Travel to college
• Meals on campus
• Course books and equipment
• Stationery
• University visits and interviews
• Course trips

The 16-19 Vulnerable Student’s Bursary

The 16-19 Vulnerable Student’s Bursary  is designed to help and support students who would not otherwise be able to participate in their chosen course due to financial reasons. The fund is to help those from low income households with costs such as transport, a meal whilst at college, clothing or equipment for a course. To be eligible to receive a 16-19 Bursary at the start academic year, you must be aged under 19 at the start of the academic year in which you begin your programme of study.

A bursary of up to £1200 for the academic year may be awarded to students who are:
• A looked after young person with a letter of proof from the relevant local
authority; or
• A care leaver with a letter of proof from the relevant local authority; or
• An independently living young person in receipt of Income Support or Universal
Credit, with proof of the awarded benefit dated from June 2020 and proof of
independent living e.g. a tenancy agreement, utility bill or, if a young parent, a
child benefit letter; or
• A young person in receipt of Personal Independent Payments (PIP)/Disability
Living Allowance (DLA) and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or
Universal Credit, with proof of both awarded benefits dated from June 2020

Free College Meals

Free college meals are available to eligible students whose household are receiving qualifying benefits.
The qualifying benefits are:
• Income Support
• Income based Job Seekers Allowance
• Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• 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 someone stops qualifying for
Working Tax Credit)
• Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7400 per

Free meals may also be awarded, at the college’s discretion, to students who have applied for discretionary support and meet the income threshold criteria. Eligibility will be assessed through the applications and evidence received and meal credits added to the student’s college card.

Care to Learn Funding

Government funding is available for young parents to help with nursery fees. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn


Tuition is free to all full-time 16 to 18 year olds who are British nationals, EU citizens or who have residence qualifications in the UK. Fees for adults and other nationals are available on request.

Applying for bursary for the academic year 2019-2020:

Bursary forms for the 2020/2021 academic year will be sent out with enrolment invites during July/August 2020.

If you need a new bursary form you can download it here.