DACA 16-19 Bursary

Academic Year 2016-17

The Academy’s 16-19 Bursary Fund is designed to help students who face the greatest financial hardship.

The support is funded by the Government and administered by the Academy. To be eligible students must be enrolled in 16-19 provision at DACA, be aged between 16 and less than 19 on 31 August 2016, and have a bank account in their own name.

Students can apply for all funding at any time throughout the year and more than once if circumstances change. However funding cannot be backdated and will only start on the receipt of complete eligible documentation.

The Bursary Fund is divided into two parts:

Type 1 - Guaranteed Bursary:

For students who meet certain criteria that indicate that they are most in need of support, such as being a Care Leaver. These students receive a £1200 bursary that is paid on a weekly basis. This is equivalent to £30 per week (term-time only) and is paid directly into each eligible student’s bank account on Mondays.

To be eligible for the Guaranteed Bursary, students must be in one of the following defined vulnerable groups:

  • In care
  • Care leavers
  • In receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

The young person does not have to live independently of their parents in order to qualify for a Guaranteed Bursary.

Evidence will need to be supplied e.g. letters from the Local Authority, Social Worker, Income Support documents etc.


The Guaranteed Bursary payment will be based on 100% attendance including authorised absences.

Type 2 - Discretionary Bursary:

The Discretionary Bursary provides benefits ‘in kind’ for eligible students.

  • Free meal allowance of £2.10 per day
  • Bus/train pass if living more than 2.5 miles from the Academy (the most cost effective method of travel will be covered)
  • Help to pay for course-related clothing, visits, textbooks and materials
  • Transport to university open days, interviews and auditions
  • Additional exceptional costs (such as exam resit fees)

Care To Learn

For enrolled students with parental responsibility, Care To Learn can provide help with the costs of childcare for young parents whilst they are in education. The 16-19 Bursary does not provide childcare funding. The Care To Learn website and Sixth Form Office can provide further information.

Allocation of Bursary Funds

Discretionary Bursaries will be prioritised according to household income. Highest priority will be given to students from households with an annual income below £16,190. Priority will then be given to students from households with an annual income over £16,190 but below £24,000.

The Discretionary Bursary fund is finite and it is Academy policy to try to meet the needs of as many eligible students as possible. As such, payments for free meals and transport will be proritised over other requests.

Applications will not be considered without valid evidence. Parents/carers must be able to provide wage slips or P60 or evidence to show they are in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit


Students receiving the Discretionary Bursary will be expected to have at least 95% attendance; if this is not met then the award will be withdrawn unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Please submit your completed application form by Friday 16th September

The application form will be available in your student welcome pack, or can be downloaded here, or you can collect a form from the Sixth Form Office.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, please bring your completed application form along with your supporting evidence to the Sixth Form Office or email scanned documents to claire.duckworth@daca.uk.com

When your application is assessed, you will be advised of the outcome.

What should I do if I am not happy with the outcome of my application?

Students can appeal against a decision that has been made in relation to their application by writing to: Margaret Bradshaw, Student Services, DACA, Sudell Road, Darwen, BB3 3HD.

Equality and Diversity:

The Academy will:

Take positive action to ensure that all students can apply for financial support thus widening participation and providing learning opportunities for underrepresented groups.

Ensure that no applicant to the Bursary Fund receives less favourable treatment which cannot be justified in relation to financial/personal circumstances.

Ensure that all Bursary Fund literature, marketing and publicity material are free from stereotypes, discriminatory assumptions, images and language.

Monitor and review the effectiveness of the support on a regular basis.

Ensure that all literature regarding the fund is available in all formats if required.


Applications and evidence of income are only seen by staff involved in the delivery of the 16-19 Bursary Scheme.

Data Protection:

Any data supplied will be protected by the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Academy’s Data Protection Policy and Procedures.

Download 16-19 Bursary Application forms below:


Guaranteed Bursary 

Discretionary Bursary

Student Eligibility Guidelines