16 to 19 Bursary Fund


You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 and:
  • studying at a publicly funded school or college in England - not a university
  • on a training course, including unpaid work experience
A publicly funded school is one that does not charge you for attending it.

GOV.UK 16-19 finance

Advice for institutions on the financial support young people may be able to access to help them participate in education and training.


Over 2 million young people live in poverty in Britain today. They do less well at school, are less likely to make it to university and struggle to find and keep jobs. The figures are stark.

Our Approach

Money Helper: Financial Support in Education

Financial support

Our friendly and experienced team is here to help you manage short-term money worries.

Post-16 Finance and Support


Financial support for 16 — 19 year olds.

Find your ideal career

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Careers information and guidance in schools

How it's delivered, and where to get more information.

Local support information

Information on local support services for 16 – 18 year old students.

Where to get help with post-16 choices

Choosing what to do after GCSEs, Nationals, or Highers can be difficult — here are some people who can help.

Supported learning and SEND

Support for special education needs and disabilities​.

Advice for parents and carers

Information about the opportunities for post-16 education and training.

Prospects: Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries

Postgraduate loans may be available to help fund your further study plans - but ensure you first check what Masters scholarships and bursaries are on offer, as these don't have to be repaid.

Save the Children


Our child education programmes reached 12 million children in 2020.

Student finances for undergraduates

Advice on the financial support young people may be able to access to help them participate in undergraduate courses.

The Scholarship Hub

Guide to UK Scholarships

Scholarships, grants, bursaries are financial awards that are designed to help to support students financially through their studies. They can be awarded for many different reasons and this is often dependent on the type of organisation that is awarding the scholarships. Different organisations will have different motives for offering scholarships.

UCAS Additional Funding

From your course provider

When you search for courses, you can see if any bursaries, scholarships, or awards are available from the course provider. The amounts vary across different courses and locations – check the course listings and contact them for more info. Some course providers offer their own bursaries to help students progress in their studies. These may be offered to students who are involved in particular projects, in certain subject areas or specialisms. Some may receive funding based on their academic attainment, while other students may be eligible for support because of their personal circumstances. To see what bursaries are available at your university, college, or conservatoire, contact their student services office or visit their website.

Young Minds: How to deal with problems at school

Problems at school

School can be a place that we enjoy but for some of us, it can be a tough time. If you are finding school difficult, there are ways that you can get the help you deserve.