Young people with Down’s syndrome aged 16 to 19 in England will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary instead of Education Maintenance Allowance.
If someone with Down’s syndrome is:
- aged 16-19
- in full time education
- getting both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
they will receive a bursary of £1200 per year. This is the vulnerable student bursary. There is no means-test, either of the young person, or their family.
The 16-19 Bursary will be administered by the school or college from a centrally held fund. Schools and colleges are responsible for identifying students who qualify.
Schools and colleges will decide if a course is “full time education.”
Young people without disabilities but in financial need can apply for another type of bursary, a discretionary bursary. Schools and colleges will be responsible for giving these bursaries. Some form of means-test is likely.
For more information, go to 16-19 Bursary Fund on GOV.UK or contact your child’s school or college.