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16 -18 Funding

This area provides information on the funding options available to those aged 16-18, those who are 19 but on a second year of a course they started when they were in the 16-18 age bracket, and anyone with an approved Education and Health Care Plan, (EHCP), who will be aged under 25 on the 31st August 2020. Learners who are travelling from Wales will need to apply for the Welsh Education Maintenance Allowance, (EMA). If not eligible for this scheme then they can apply for the 16-18 Bursary.

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Welsh Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Welsh EMA is available to learners aged 16–18 who travel to SGS College from Wales. If eligible, you may be able to receive up to £30 per week, paid fortnightly based on your attendance. As this is an external scheme, applications are only available via Student Finance Wales, who have full control over the outcome of your application. Click here for further information or to apply.

16–18 Bursary

The 16-18 Bursary looks at supporting learners aged 16-18, (or those aged up to 25 with an EHCP plan), who are in financial hardship and require support while studying an FE college course. This scheme is designed to overcome financial barriers to learning, by looking at the support we may be able to provide towards the actual costs of participation in your chosen course of study. For example: material fees and travel.

To be eligible, learners must:
  • be aged over 16 and under 19 on the 31 August on the year of study, or be 25 and under with an approved Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP);
  • have been living in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for at least 3 years prior to the course start date;
  • be studying an approved further education course (e.g. not an apprenticeship or any waged training); and
  • be able to demonstrate a total household income of under £25,000 per financial year through parent(s)/guardian(s) employment or state benefits.
  • Learners who live in Wales will need to apply for EMA rather than the 16-19 bursary, (see details below)
  • Being a recipient of one of our bursary schemes will have no effect on your eligibility for state benefits.
Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive the 16–18 Bursary if they are continuing on a study programme they began when aged 16–18, or if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Other eligibility criteria can be found within the '16–18 Financial Support' application or by request.

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Vulnerable Young Person Bursary

Learners who are in one or more of the vulnerable groups listed below and who are  under 19 can apply for the Vulnerable Young Person Bursary if they are participating in an approved further education study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more.

The defined vulnerable groups:
  • Those in care
  • Care leavers
  • Those who live independently and receive Income Support or Universal Credit in place of Income Support in their own right
  • Those who live independently and receive Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments in their own right
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Free College Meals

The Free College Meals (FCM) scheme provides learners aged 16 –18 with a meal worth up to £3.85 for each day they are timetabled to attend college. To be eligible for this scheme, you or a parent/guardian must be in receipt of an approved state benefit. Details of which benefits are accepted can be found within the eligibility section of the application form.

Free College Meals will also be provided to students aged 19 –25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and in receipt of one of the approved state benefits detailed within the application form.

Link to FCM can be found through 16-18 and VYP bursary applications above.


The Care2Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study at SGS College. You must be a parent aged under 20 at the start of your course and live in England. You must also be studying an approved course. Applications are only available via, who have full control over the outcome of your application. Click here for further information or to apply.

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