There are two types of bursary that are available to apply for:

  • Vulnerable Group Bursary
  • Discretionary Bursary

All students are welcome to apply for a bursary; we will be in touch following a completed application to let you know the outcome.

Bursary for students in vulnerable groups

You may be able to get a bursary if at least one of the following applies:

  • you're in or you recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit because you're financially supporting yourself (i.e. received in your own name)
  • you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit

The amount you may get depends on the costs you have and what you need for your course. This might include money for books, equipment or travel costs to school or college.

Discretionary Bursary

Discretionary Type A - Typically this will be an award to support the costs of transport, given our rural area, priority will be given to transport costs.

In line with schools across the country, this award will be made available to students whose household income falls below £16,190. This is the figure at which Free School Meals can be applied for.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Apply for Free School Meals here: Apply for free school meals and pupil premium - Cornwall Council

Discretionary Type B - This bursary is for students with a financial need who do not fall into the above categories. Where the total household income is less than £27,500 per annum, applications will be considered, with the priority being for transport costs.