Outsourced bursary application management


Whether your school receives bursary applications in the tens or hundreds, managing the assessment process is a complex and time-consuming task. Our fully outsourced service covers every stage from application and assessment through to validation, home visits, reporting and recommendations.
We manage applications through our purpose-built online portal – Secure Apply. As the application form and all supporting information are stored in the cloud, the process is simple, flexible and accessible for both school and family. And, as the name suggests, all data is encrypted and stored securely.

People at the heart of the process

While technology reduces complexity for everyone involved, we never lose sight of the people behind the process: students and families, school bursars, donors and Governors.
Face-to-face meetings are an integral part of our service. We meet with school representatives to understand your bursary policy, objectives and deadlines. Home visits, which can be done in-person or online, allow our associates to get under the skin of family life, to validate the application and investigate their financial circumstances. Our team remains independent and impartial throughout.
Once all applications have been submitted, we produce a detailed report covering our findings and recommendations. It’s then over to the school to review and make the final awards decision.

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About Secure Apply

Secure Apply is a cloud-based bursary application portal with secure data capture functionality built-in. Families can make their application and upload all supporting documents in one place.


For parents:

Data secure and encrypted

Tablet, laptop/desktop and smartphone compatible

Options for uploading supporting documents, including taking pictures with the portal

Right first time, one point of contact throughout the process

Access to help desk


For schools:

Improved process covering application through to assessment

Simplified process saves time

Right first time, one point of contact throughout the process

Real-time progress updates on cohort applications and assessments

Complete visibility and transparency

Consultancy for schools


Our extended services add value and assist schools in achieving their bursary vision.

  • Acting in a consultancy role, we help schools with:
  • Bursary strategy and policy development
  • Process analysis and improvement
  • Produce independent cohort analysis based on the index of Multiple Deprivation and other available metrics/indices
  • Address gaps in provision and identify families your school wants to support
  • Provide transformational intelligence and ad-hoc executive reports for Governors’ meetings


Your data is safe with us

Bursary Assessment Associates is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and our team is fully aware of our responsibilities around data protection.

Our cloud-based application system provides an additional level of confidence and trust. All data provided by schools and families via Secure Apply is stored and processed securely in line with ICO guidelines. Paper documents are stored in locked cabinets and all supporting documentation is either securely destroyed or returned to the family once the application process is complete. View our data privacy policy.

FAQ’s for schools

If you don’t see an answer to your question here, please contact us by phone or email

What qualifications do you have to manage bursary applications?

Our team of associates is backed up by serious financial knowledge and experience of working in independent school educational settings. Take a look at our team profiles to find out more.

How much does it cost?

We offer a range of packages dependent on the level of service and volume of applications you expect to receive. Please contact us to discuss your school’s requirements.

How do we start working with you?

Simply drop us an email at office@bursaryassessmentassociates.co.uk or call us on 01925 387074

How long does the onboarding process take?

Onboarding is quick and easy and usually takes a matter of days depending on your availability to discuss process and deadlines. Once the contract is signed, we’ll send you a link to our online portal along with some wording for an introductory email to forward on to interested families.

What's your process for assessing and managing applications?

We are always guided by the school’s bursary policy, process and donors’ wishes. Our Secure Apply process flow outlines the general application and assessment process we follow.


A bursary can change a life forever

Bursary Assessment Associates

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