Can I get funding to support me?
The government offers a bursary fund for 16-19 year-olds in education or training. This money can be used for things you need for your course such as clothing, books, equipment, and transport cost. Students in vulnerable groups can qualify for up to £1200 depending on their circumstances. If you do not fall into the vulnerable group, you can apply for a discretionary bursary where your education or training provider will decide how much money you are eligible for.
Once you know where you will be studying, or training speak to the student services department and they will start your application for funding.
Dorset Community Foundation also runs two bursary funds to help with 16 – 25 year-olds looking to start technical or professional courses.
You may also be able to apply for free meals if you have an EHCP or meet other criteria.
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