An official letter from a named social worker at Cambridgeshire County Council or Peterborough City Council confirming the learner is a Care Leaver. If the learner is not resident within the CPCA but in the care of our constituent councils, they will only receive the bursary if they are enrolled onto a Youth Offer programme at a CPCA contracted AEB provider.
A learner must be aged 19 or over but under 22 at 31 August 2021 to be eligible for help from the Care Leavers Bursary in the 2021 to 2022 academic year.
Learners aged 22 or over are only eligible to receive the Care Leavers Bursary if they are continuing on a Youth Offer programme funded by AEB at a CPCA contracted provider and they began aged 19 to 22 (22+ continuers).
These two groups of learners aged 19+ can receive the Care Leavers Bursary only while they continue to attend education or training at a CPCA contracted AEB provider (in the case of a 22+ continuer, this must be the same programme they started before they turned 19), as long as their eligibility continues and their institution considers they need the support to continue their participation.
To be eligible for the Care Leavers Bursary 19-22, learners must either be in the care of CPCA’s constituent councils or a resident within a CPCA postcode. For example, Care Leavers under the care of non-constituent councils are eligible for the bursary, if they are a CPCA resident. In this case, a letter from the social worker confirming the learner’s status as a Care Leaver and address within the CPCA will be necessary to confirm eligibility.
Bursary funds must not be awarded to learners enrolled at another institution, where that institution also receives public funding for the learner.
Learners aged 19 - 22 enrolled on higher education qualifications are not eligible for support under this scheme.
Eligible education provision
To qualify for the Care Leavers Bursary, eligible learners must be participating in provision that is subject to inspection by a public body that assures quality (for example Ofsted). The provision must be funded by AEB. Therefore, Apprentices and employer-funded schemes are ineligible for the Bursary.
Care Leavers who meet the criteria, and who have a financial need, can apply for the Bursary. Care Leavers are unlikely to be receiving financial assistance from parents or carers, so may need a greater level of support to enable them to continue to participate and progress.
Care Leavers should be awarded the amount of support they need to participate based on an assessment of the types of costs they have and not automatically awarded £1,200. Institutions must ensure learners are eligible for the bursary in each year they require support.
We do encourage institutions to provide support from the bursary fund by making payments in kind where possible. Providers must not make bursary fund payments as regular payments for living costs. This is out of scope of the bursary fund and any such payments would be subject to the Social Security Amendment (Students and Income-related Benefits) Regulations 2000.
Evidence of eligibility
Providers must obtain proof that learners meet the criteria for the bursary for in full, that they fully meet the definitions for in care/care leavers. Institutions should ask for evidence from each student and retain copies for audit purposes.