Financial Support

Bursary applications are now closed. Please note the deadline of Friday 8th December has now passed.

Applications for bursary reopens in June 2024 for financial support for the 2024/25 academic year. 

If you have any queries regarding financial support, please email


Please note the following important information for students studying with us in the 2023-24 academic year. 

The 16 – 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation and attendance, so they can remain in further education. BHASVIC provides two types of bursary; ‘Enhanced’ and ‘Discretionary’. The information below should help you to identify whether you are eligible to apply for one of these bursaries. If you are, you should read our 16-19 Bursary Fund Guidelines 2023-24 in full, and then submit an application via our online Financial Support portal. If you have any questions which are not answered by reading our guidelines, please email and a member of staff will be happy to help.

Enhanced Bursary: Are you eligible?

The following students are eligible to apply for an enhanced bursary:

  • Students who are in local authority care or who have recently left local authority care (also known as ‘Children in Care’ and ‘Care Leavers’)
  • Students who receive Universal Credit in their own name (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)
  • Students receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own name as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own name.
  • Students who live in a household where they, or a parent or carer, are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits*:
    • Income Support
    • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
    • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Child Tax Credits (whilst not receiving Working Tax Credits) with a gross annual household income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
    • Universal Credit (with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 per annum, after tax and excluding any benefits received)
    • Working Tax Credit Run On (paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for WTC)
    • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
    • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Students who are Young Adult Carers and live in a household with a gross income of no more than £33,000 per annum.

Discretionary Bursary: Are you eligible?

The Discretionary Bursary can help students who are not eligible for an Enhanced Bursary, but whose gross household income is no more than £33,000 per annum. To be eligible to apply:

  • You, or your parent(s)/carer(s), are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits*:
    o Working Tax Credit with a gross income of no more than £33,000 per annum
    o Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance
    o Council Tax Reduction Scheme
    o Carer’s Allowance


  • You, or you parent(s)/carer(s) are not in receipt of one of the benefits listed above, but are employed or self-employed with a gross income of no more than £33,000