As of 2010, the Education Maintenance Allowance was scrapped in England and replaced with the 16-19 bursary fund. Students may qualify for this fund if they are aged 16 to 19 and:
- are studying at school or college (not university) in England
- are on an unpaid training course, including unpaid apprenticeships
There are two types of bursary available. The Vulnerable Student Bursary is worth up to £1,200 and is available to the following students:
- Students who are in or who have recently left local authority care
- Students who get Income Support (or Universal Credit) in their name
- Students who are disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their name.
The Discretionary bursary is available for students who need financial help but don't qualify for a vulnerable student bursary. Education and training providers decide how much each student gets and what it’s used for.
The bursary is money that a student needs in order to complete their educational programme. Therefore, how much each student needs is assessed by the education provider and then put towards expenses like clothing, books, transport, food and other equipment. The bursary may be paid either in full or in installments; by cash, cheque or direct debit or through a travel pass, free meals, books etc. Furthermore, some providers also offer one-off payments to cover study trips or travel for university interviews.