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Sixth form access funds
If you are studying a further education course and you are aged 16 or over, you may be able to receive some form of financial assistance.
Education maintenance allowance (EMA)
The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) has been replaced by an enhanced discretionary learner support fund. For more information please see the Education maintenance allowance page.
Discretionary Bursary Fund
You may also be eligible for some additional assistance from the discretionary bursary fund. This fund can be used to help students aged 16 and over with the costs they may incur when taking further education courses. These costs could include books and equipment, emergencies and field trips or educational visits. If you have particular financial difficulties or hardship you may be eligible for additional financial help. Please contact the Head of Sixth Form at your school or student services at your college for more information.
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