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16 - 18 Bursary Fund

We are pleased to offer a number of bursaries to assist Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students aged 16-18.


To be eligible for The 16-18 Bursary Fund, students must be:

  • Considered Home or EU fee status
  • Studying a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which starts in October 2020
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August 2020


The 16-18 Bursary Fund is provided by the Government, via the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). By following general rules set by the ESFA, we are able to consider applicants under the following four categories:Vulnerable Student Bursaries These are worth up to £1,200 and are paid to students in the following defined categories:

Young people in Local Authority Care

  • Young care leavers
  • Those receiving Income Support (or Universal Credit in its place)
  • Disabled students receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) / Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Free meals

These awards of £390 are paid to students who are (or whose parents are) receiving specific state benefits as listed on the application form.

Discretionary Bursaries

These are paid to students who do not qualify for the Vulnerable Student Bursaries (above), but who demonstrate financial need. These bursaries are assessed based on household income, and the amounts awarded vary on this basis. Students with a household income over £25,000 per year will not qualify for a Discretionary Bursary.

Students can all apply for support with domestic and one-off emergency such as e.g. redundancy, bereavement, debt management.

Residential Bursaries

A contribution towards the cost of accommodation for any student who moves away from home in order to study at UAL. Payments will be made directly to the accommodation provider and not the student.


Applications are now open for 2020-2021 academic year.

Student can apply online through the Student Portal.

Eligible students will also be contacted by email with an invitation to apply and will receive a decision by email within 28 days of receiving complete applications an supporting documents.

The 16 - 18 Bursary Fund is now open for applications until 1 June 2020.

Applications can be made where household income exceeds £25,000 per annum and evidence of financial hardship can be demonstrated. Supporting evidence will be necessary to fully assess the application and to determine the level of support available. Applications will be forwarded to a panel for consideration.

Receiving payment

Successful applicants must be enrolled on the course before receiving payment.

Payment will be made in two instalments if the application is successful.


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