Covid-19 Bursarial Aid

Foreword from the Bursar

Even though the Government has relaxed the lockdown restrictions imposed in March and we are beginning to re-start the economy, we continue to be living during one of the most serious crises the world has ever seen. It therefore remains the right thing to do to support those in our community most affected financially by the virus. As the 2020/21 Session commences, the School is continuing to follow its established three-pronged approach to supporting the Heriot’s community.

  • Firstly, we are offering parents the opportunity to spread the Autumn Term fees over an extended period if families continue to be affected financially by the pandemic. Please contact the Bursar on CEBA@george-heriots.com should you wish to investigate this option further.
  • Secondly, we are continuing the Covid-19 Emergency Bursarial Aid (“CEBA”) scheme, which will offer support with the Autumn Term fees to the most affected parents. This is being run in 2 tranches. The first tranche was completed on the 31st of July and supported fee payers who were certain that their economic recovery would not happen before the year end. We are now opening the second tranche of this to support any parent/guardian/fee payer who remains affected financially as a result of Covid-19.
  • Thirdly, we will increase the support available to existing parents through our traditional Bursary scheme to support parents whose income has not recovered by the end of the 2020/21 Session

CEBA Details – Autumn 2020: Tranche 2

Purpose

To provide emergency financial assistance to families which have experienced a significant reduction in their family income, affecting their ability to pay the 2020 Autumn Term school fees, as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic. 2020 Autumn Term fees cover the September to December 2020 monthly fees.

Eligibility

CEBA is available to parents/guardians of all pupils at George Heriot’s School, irrespective of year group.  Parents/Guardians may make a claim for all children they have as pupils at George Heriot’s.  For the avoidance of doubt, the scheme is open to parents and guardians who currently also receive support through the existing annual Bursary scheme and for parents and guardians of new pupils who joined in August 2020.

It will be appreciated that the school has limited funds available and we would ask that applications are submitted only when other options have been explored.  This will enable us to target funds at those in the Heriot’s community who are most in need of our support and have been significantly affected by the current pandemic.

Assessment Criteria

In assessing the level of support to be provided, the following factors will be taken into consideration:

  • The magnitude of the change in the family’s financial circumstances and new level of ongoing earnings.
  • Level of ongoing income and support available for the family from the Government to supplement lost income.
  • The speed with which the family’s income will recover following the relaxation or end of the current social distancing measures.
  • Current savings and capital, over a minimum level.

Amount

Awards will be available to cover between 50% and 100% of the Autumn Term school fees.  The level of support will be assessed by the Governors’ Bursaries Committee.

Duration

The Bursary will provide support for the Autumn Term, being September to December 2020.

Change in Circumstance

We would ask parents whose circumstances change and who find they are in a position to pay all or even a portion of the fees, to let the School know.  This might include Government expansion of its support, a family’s income recovering quicker than expected, or support for school fees received from an alternative source.  This will enable us to support additional families affected by the pandemic.

Timeframe

Applications for CEBA will open on the 9th of September and close on the 25th of September.  We would expect to be able to confirm any bursary awarded by the 9th of October.  If there are any changes to these dates, this will be confirmed to all parents through School Post.

CEBA Application Form

Applications for the Autumn Term CEBA are now closed

Data Protection Act

George Heriot’s Trust will retain and use the personal information supplied on this form and/or, in connection with the application strictly in accordance with Data Protection Regulations. This information will be used for the purposes of processing the application, record keeping and internal analysis. We shall not use such information for any other purpose without first informing you and obtaining your consent to such new purpose. We may disclose this information to our advisors to support the bursary process, or our external Auditors, but will not disclose this information to any other third party. We will only retain this information for as long as is required for these purposes.

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