Bursary and Financial Help
16 – 19 Bursary Guidelines for Applications
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome the specific financial barriers to participation and will target funds to help the students in greatest need so they can remain in education.
There are 2 different funds which are available to students. They are:
- 1. Vulnerable Student Bursaries
Students will qualify for this bursary if they fall into one of the following categories: young people in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of income support of universal credit or disabled young people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payments (PIP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA). The student must be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August before that academic year to qualify.
Where students fall into this category, they are entitled to a flat rate bursary of £1,200 of which the payment terms will be agreed on an individual basis with the Head of Football College and the student.
Students must provide official confirmation of their qualification for a Vulnerable Student Bursary, for example a letter from the local authority or a letter from the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) stating which benefit the young person is entitled to. Please note students cannot self-certify.
- 2. Discretionary Fund (known as a “bursary”)
Everton Football College will operate a discretionary payment system for specific educational purposes. Eligibility will be determined via this formal application. Eligibility for the bursary is based on gross annual household income and the family circumstances (students seeking support from the discretionary fund are given priority where the household income is below £16,190). Free School Meals from Year 11 is not an automatic acceptance for bursary; students must apply for the bursary in Year 12 and re-apply in Year 13.
Examples of acceptable supporting evidence for the Discretionary Fund are:
- A full T602E Tax Credit Award Notice (TCAN) for the young person’s household. This document from HM Revenue & Customs details entitlement to Tax Credits and shows the total income for the year.
- Other Income Support or Universal Credit award letters that show evidence of income.
- P60 End of Year Certificate for all adults in the young person’s household who contribute to household costs. This certificate is a statement of earnings from an employer. It must be for the correct adult(s) and for the correct Tax Year (to 5 April 2020). The income will be shown as Total for the Year.
- Payslips from the previous 3 months.
- Self-Assessment Tax Calculation (SA302). This is the equivalent of the P60 for self-employed people. It must be for the correct adult(s) and for the correct Tax Year. The income will be shown as Total for the Year.
- Evidence of other benefits, pension awards, etc.
Any student meeting general eligibility requirements and facing financial hardship due to exceptional reason or circumstance change can apply to access the hardship fund on an individual basis by submitting an application in writing to the Head of Football College.
Specified items covered by the Bursary
Bursaries from Everton Football College can only be spent on certain items which are deemed to be the costs of accessing education. They are:
- Lunch whilst at College
- Transport to and from College
- Any other exceptional items, as agreed by the Head of Football College.
Qualifying condition requirements
Eligible students will need to complete a qualifying learning period of 6 weeks before they are able to receive Bursary support, however, applications should be submitted in full by the deadline of 1st October. Bursary support will be backdated to the beginning of the autumn term subject to all conditions being met during the initial six weeks. New students to Everton Football College may submit an application on admission and approval will be subject to funding availability.
All students in receipt of a Bursary must meet weekly punctuality and attendance requirements of 95% to ensure continued support. In addition, students in receipt of a Bursary must behave appropriately and submit work of an appropriate level and to required deadlines. If a student does not meet these conditions, Everton Football College reserves the right to withdraw or suspend Bursary support.
All applications for bursary fund support are to be made to the Football College Team.
Students will be advised, in writing, of the outcome of their application.
For the specified items detailed above, these will be sourced and provided by the Everton Football College staff. Subsequent claims cannot be made by producing a receipt.
Where Everton Football College agrees to reimburse transport costs to and from the College, this will be completed via BACS transfer at the next available opportunity, upon receipt of the bus/ train ticket.
Please note that Everton Football College guarantees that all personal information will be stored securely and will remain strictly confidential.