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Financial Support

SM6 students may be entitled to financial support to help them take part in education and training. Please read this page for more information about the types of help we offer.

16 – 19 Bursary Fund

What a bursary is for

A bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like:

  • clothing, books and other equipment for your course
  • transport and lunch on days you study or train

Vulnerable Student Bursary

You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:

  • you’re in or recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit because you’re financially supporting yourself
  • you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit

You’ll be told what evidence you need, for example benefit letters.

Discretionary Bursary

Your school or college will have their own criteria for discretionary bursaries. They’ll look at your individual circumstances - this usually includes your family income.

Ask the sixth form office about their criteria and any evidence you’ll need.

You can apply to a discretionary bursary if either of the following criteria apply to you:

  • if you have a combined family household income below £20,817
  • if you are entitled to Free School Meals

Useful documents and links:


In the Sixth Form we have our students who are entitled to the Vulnerable Student Bursary. Eligibility depends on if the student is in care, a care leaver, has a disability or receives income support - these students receive £1,200.

We also have the Discretionary Student Bursary which is based on the budget given to us each year. The eligibility depends on if the student is receiving free school meals and/or their household income , which must be below £20,817.

Free School Meals

Free school meals are available to students attending Sixth Forms whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Families in receipt of Child Tax Credit will also qualify provided that (a) they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and (b) their annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs does not exceed £16,190 as at 6 April 2010 (subject to annual review)

At St Mary’s College Sixth Form, free school meal tickets are given in addition to the 16 -19 Bursary Payments, where applicable.

Exam Entries

The Sixth Form’s policy of exam entry is that students should have as many opportunities where possible to improve on their module scores in order to improve their overall grade.

Students who show full commitment to their course are not charged for their exam entries and the College, unlike other schools does not, at the present time, on the same basis charge for additional entries.

Subsidised Travel

Students travelling on Hull school buses (940, 955, 956, 957, 958, 959, 960, 961 and 962) can pay on the bus, costing £1.20 per journey or a weekly bus pass can be purchased from the year office for £6. Students who use the College operated buses (SMC 1-5) to the East Riding can do so at the weekly cost of £6 (£1.20 per day). This fee is payable half termly in advance. Use of East Riding buses will require a bus pass displaying the students’ photograph; these will be issued by the College.

Students who use Stagecoach public buses can purchase a weekly Mega Rider ticket from the Sixth Form office at the reduced cost of £7.50 per week (£13 RRP). This pass allows 7 days unlimited travel on Stagecoach services and can be used outside school hours.

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