Free School Meals (FSM)
If students claimed FSM’s in high school, and circumstances haven’t changed then they will be able to claim again in Sixth Form. As a parent if you are unsure if you are eligible then why not call The Globe Centre, Accrington – 01254 220711 to find out. Having FSM’s in Sixth Form is more discrete than at high school.
16-19 Bursary Fund (academic yr. 14/15)
If you think that you may be eligible under one of the following categories, please fill in the relevant application form which should be returned to the sixth form as soon as possible and no later than Friday 26th September to be able to make the first payment date. Other applications will be accepted after this date but the payment dates and quantities may vary.
Compulsory Bursary Fund Awards (Priority 1)
The scheme guarantees bursary payments of £1,200 for 2014-15 to certain groups of students deemed most in need of financial support. A minimum of £1,200 per annum, paid in three instalments (November, February and May), will be awarded to the following eligible students:
·Young people in care (looked after) including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
·Young care leaver
·Young people getting Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in their own right
·Young people getting both Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in their own right
The young person does not have to live independently of their parents; they can claim ESA or UC in their own right, although their parents will not be able to claim Child Benefit for them if the young person’s claim succeeds.
Impact on household benefits
Getting 16 to 19 Bursary Fund payments does not affect entitlement to DWP income-related benefits. So 16 to 19 bursaries are paid directly to students in addition to other means-tested benefits paid to families, such as Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Child Benefit, Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit and does not affect them.
However, if the student is getting DLA (or Personal Independence Payments) and ESA or UC, parents can no longer receive certain household/family benefits for that child such as child benefit.
Discretionary Bursary Fund Awards (Priority 2 and Priority 3)
Discretionary bursaries are targeted at students who cannot stay in education without financial help for things like transport, meals, books and equipment.
The balance of the school’s Bursary Fund allocation remaining, once all Priority 1 awards have been taken into account, will then be awarded discretionary bursary against the criteria, those students most in need of financial assistance to enable them to remain in full time education. Receipt of a Bursary will be conditional on the student meeting agreed targets set by the school including those related to effort and attendance.
Priority 2 – Students in receipt of Free School Meals will be eligible to receive a Bursary award of up to £800 for 2014-15 paid in three instalments (November, February and May).
Priority 3 – In the event of funding remaining within the school’s Bursary Fund allocation once all Priority 1 and 2 awards have been made, awards of up to £600 will be made to students of families in receipt of tax credits with an additional household income of up to £20,817. This priority will be reviewed in November and if there is still funding available, the eligibility criteria will be changed to £25,521 and applications for this will then be looked over.
If you are unsure about what to do please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Haralambos (Business Manager) or Miss Dicken (Sixth Form Support Officer) for advice.