Local authorities have ongoing responsibilities to support looked after children as they make the transition to adulthood. That means supporting them to continue their education and training. This is why local authorities, as part of their duties to care leavers, must pay a bursary to all eligible former children who are undertaking a recognised course of higher education.
Details about the bursary are set out in the Children Act 1989 (Higher Education Bursary) Regulations 2009 and further details about how these should be administered are included in the Higher Education Bursary frequently asked questions.
Information on the bursary scheme which offers financial help for 16- to 19-year-olds to continue in full-time education, who might otherwise struggle for financial reasons.
Information about the Higher Education Bursary for eligible former looked after children who are undertaking a recognised course in higher education.
Statutory guidance on the Care Leavers (England) Regulations 2010.