Post-16 travel assistance for SEND students

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6. SEND bursary information

You can apply for financial support through the bursary schemes that are managed by schools and other educational settings. Any bursary awards granted by the school or setting will paid directly to you.

To find out if you are eligible and to apply, contact your educational setting directly for more information. 

There are two types of bursary. Details of each are provided below and there is more information available on the GOV.UK website.


Vulnerable Groups Bursary

The criteria for this bursary are set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).  It is applicable to students who are:

  • in care 
  • care leavers 
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner 
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right 

Maximum amount: £1200.


Discretionary Bursary

The criteria for this bursary are set by the individual school/college/educational setting. The educational setting also decides on how much is paid. Please contact your educational setting directly for guidance on how to apply.


What happens next?

In both instances, your school or college will make the decision and let you know within about three weeks of your application if this has been successful.

If your application is not successful you can appeal the decision. Your school or college can provide the paperwork for your appeal and they will let you know their decision within 3 weeks.

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Last updated: 17 June 2021

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