Haverhill Community Sixth Form

Post-16 Bursary

Students can apply for financial support from the government when they study at HC6.

If a student is entitled to this provision the money will be given to them to support their educational needs.

For example, the money could be used to cover the cost of their travel to and from HC6 if they need to get a bus, to purchase specialist exercise books and subject resources such as art materials or to travel to University open days or interviews.

Students typically apply for the Bursary in the first half term of the academic year, and parents will need to provide evidence of the annual family income to support the application.

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The Government has set aside some money for schools to allocate to young people who need financial support to stay on in further education or training. This is called the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

It could help you with any education-related costs that may arise during the school year, including essentials like a meal during the day or transport to your school, college or training provider. Alternatively, you might need extra help to buy additional books, clothing or equipment for your course, or to pay for educational visits.

Who is eligible to apply?

To apply for a bursary, you must be aged between 16 and 19 and in full-time or part-time further education or training. There are two types of bursaries:

1.Vulnerable Student Bursary

Students could receive a Vulnerable Student Bursary up to £1,200 if they:

  • Are in Local Authority care or have recently left Local Authority care
  • Receive Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name
  • Receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own name as well as Employment and Support Allowance.

​2. Discretionary Bursary

You can apply for a discretionary bursary if you aren’t eligible for a vulnerable bursary, but you need financial help to stay on in further education or training.

The discretionary bursary is allocated to students who need support to overcome financial barriers that might prevent them from continuing in full-time education. This bursary is for students whose families are in receipt of a qualifying benefit or who have been affected by a sudden, exceptional change in financial circumstances.

What next?

Applications may be made at any time during the academic year, but as there is a limited amount of funding available for discretionary bursaries all such applications will be subject to the availability of funding at the time of application.

For more information, including the eligibility criteria for the academic year 2023-24 and how to apply, please contact Miss Pawley – MPawley@samuelward.co.uk

<Taken and adapted from TGS site – https://tgschool.net/sixth-form/travel-and-bursaries>


Haverhill Community Sixth Form is easily accessible, with short travel time from all villages and towns between Haverhill, Clare and Sudbury.

Please be aware that all post-16 transport is payable, however low income families may be eligible for a bursary payment to help with the cost. Unfortunately our Sixth Form bursary payments are generally not issued before October and therefore cannot fund a bus pass in advance of the Autumn term. 


Significant Sixth Form Busaries, up to £1,200, are available to many students and can be used to subsidise transport costs, provide books and equipment, pay for field trips and other course-related costs and contribute to the costs of attending University interviews and open days.

Please use the links provided to download our current transport and bursary information. 

To apply for a bursary for the academic year 2023/24 please read the USP bursary statement (in resources) and complete the form using the QR code below:

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