The 16-18 Bursary is a scheme to help the most vulnerable young people continue in full time education. The Fund is money given to the College by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to help students experiencing financial difficulties with costs such as transport, food or equipment. The majority of applications will be funded but you cannot rely on the bursary to support your studies as we cannot guarantee your application will be successful. The information below will give you an idea of what to expect if you are eligible to receive funds. Eligibility is based on you meeting the residency requirements and being on a means tested disability benefit or low income. This is intended as a general guide and may not be what you will actually receive if your application is successful.
There are 2 elements to the scheme. A higher priority group who will receive a guaranteed bursary of £1200 per year and a lower priority group who should receive £800 per year.
The award will be split into equal weekly payments for the duration of your course, excluding holidays.
Barnet and Southgate College students who are attending a full time course of 12 hours or more a week and 10 weeks a year that is funded by the ESFA and
Be aged 16 or over but under 19 on 31st August 2020, OR
Be aged 19-24 years old at 31st August 2020 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (this applies to discretionary bursaries only), OR
Be aged 19 or over (“19+ continuer”) at 31st August 2020 and continuing on an eligible study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (this applies to discretionary bursaries only). Funding will cease at the end of that specific study programme
Additionally, it is the College’s policy that students must be:
The only way to ensure you get paid every week is to attend every lesson and meet the standards of behaviour and effort agreed in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) at the start of your course.
Getting Started – Application
In order to receive the 16-18 Bursary whilst studying at Barnet and Southgate College you need to:
Payments are processed 1 week in arrears: Payments are authorised and processed by the Customer Services on Mondays and Tuesdays. The money then takes 3-4 days to reach your bank account. (Some building societies take a little longer).
Payment Delays: Please be aware that payments for the final week of half term or the week before a half term may not be paid until the first week back after the holiday. Payments will be delayed by at least a day after any bank holiday.
No-Pay Decision: Students will be informed of a non-pay decision to their college e-mail address. Please check college e-mails regularly. If you think the decision is incorrect you are entitled to appeal.
For non-payment and other queries please complete the online LSF Enquiry Form
Please check your bank account the night or morning before making an enquiry, if necessary print a mini statement.
Change of bank details
All 16-18 Bursary students need to complete a Replacement Bank Details form (available from Customer Services) and provide proof of the new bank details.
You are only entitled to payments for each week of study. Therefore, you will not receive payment for the holiday weeks at Christmas, Easter, and summer or for half-term/reading weeks.
You are entitled to receive a Bursary during the Work Placements. You have to attend on the days that have been agreed between the college and the placement. If for any reason you cannot attend you must inform the placement supervisor and your tutor immediately.
More than 2 ‘lates’ in a single week will result in no payment for that week. A late is considered to be arriving 5 minutes after the start of the lesson.
Any absences must be authorised in order for you to receive payment.
Absences must be reported to your course tutor by telephone before the 1st lesson you miss or you will not get paid that week.
BARNET AND SOUTHGATE COLLEGE OPERATES A ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY ON FALSE CLAIMS. Any false claims will be considered as fraud and will lead to sanctions. Gross misconduct will affect your college reference and could lead to you being expelled from the college. Any student caught falsifying claims in any way (e.g. forging signatures, claiming lessons were cancelled when they were not) will result in:
Classes will be randomly checked for accuracy by class auditors.
Should you be overpaid for whatever reason, then your payment will be automatically withheld for the next eligible payment week. You will be informed should this occur.
Download the Learner Support Fund Guide
Higher Education Student finance:
The useful links below will help when your child is applying for your student loan:
Visit the student finance zone at - www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance
To apply for a loan visit - www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Once you’ve applied for the loan, download the DSA application form DSA1 from -
To find out when the loan system opens: www.gov.uk/studentfinancesteps
Quick start guide - www.sfengland.slc.co.uk/quickstartguides