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This section provides information for institutions about the financial support young people may be able to access to help them participate in education and training. It covers a number of schemes, often described as ‘student support’ schemes:
• The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund: pays a bursary of up to £1,200 a year to support young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups (those who do not have access to parental support and those receiving certain benefits in their own right) in participating in education. It also enables institutions to make discretionary awards to those young people they assess as facing the greatest financial barriers to participation.
• Care to Learn: support with the costs of childcare to ensure that young people who are parents are not prevented from participating in education because of these costs.
• The Residential Bursary Fund: allocations to specialist institutions to help them contribute to the costs of accommodation for students they assess as facing financial barriers to accessing their specialist provision.
• Residential Support Scheme: income-assessed support with the costs of accommodation for students who need to move away from home to participate because their study programme is not available locally to their home address.
• Dance and Drama Awards: scholarships offering income-assessed support for tuition fees and living costs at a small number of private dance and drama colleges in England. This award ensures that income is not a barrier to the most talented young people accessing this specialist provision.
If you are a young person looking for information on these awards, please follow the links provided on the awards pages.
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