Step 1 Increasing your income

​The 16-19 Bursary Fund (if you live in England)

If you have children who are aged between 16 and 19 and are staying on at school or college, they may qualify for a bursary of up to £1,200 a year. This is only in limited circumstances, for example, if they are claiming Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name, or are disabled and on certain benefits. The school or college can also help with a bursary if the child is in financial hardship. For more information, contact the school or college.

Education Maintenance Allowance and the Assembly Learning (if you live in Wales)

If you have children who are aged between 16 and 18 who are staying on at school or college, they may qualify for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £30 a week, depending on your household income. If your child is 19
or over, they may qualify for an Welsh Government Learning Grant if they stay on at college. Contact Student Finance Wales on 0300 200 4050.