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Financial Support for Students Aged 16-18

When you decide to come to college, we want you to concentrate on your studies and not have the worry about the extra costs such as meals or travel. That’s why we have a range of financial support available for those who need a little extra help.
Click on the boxes below to find out more.

If you are aged 16-18 on 31.8.23 and you or your parent receive one of the following welfare benefits,  you may be eligible to receive FE meals.

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (ASS)
  • The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
  • If you are aged between 19 and 24 and are subject to an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) you may be eligible for FE meals.

You will be eligible for food at any college centre up to the value of £5.75 for each day you attend college.


We can support you to come to college with a weekly college Bursary payment of £15, which is dependant on an 85% weekly attendance.

You you will be eligible to receive this bursary if your household income is up to  £25,000


There is extra support available if you claim certain types of benefit or disability support in your own name, or if you are in care, are a care leaver or a young carer.

To qualify for this bursary you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Aged 16-18 at the start of your course


  • come from a household whose income is under/up to £25,000.

and be

  • A care leaver or in care


  • In receipt of Income Support or a Universal Credit in place of Income Support because you are financially supporting yourself and someone who is dependent on you and living with you such as a child or partner


  • In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit instead of ESA and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment in your own name


  • In informal or private Kinship/Foster care


  • A young carer

Payment Details

  • £40 per week for 36 weeks per year based on a 75% attendance requirement.
  • Paid directly into your bank account via BACS.

Please note: Evidence from a professional third party is required for all categories.


If you live more than 1.5 miles away from your college campus or placement, we can offer a weekly travel pass for Arriva, Stagecoach or Merseyrail.

You can apply for help with travel if you:

  • live 1.5 miles from the college centre where your classes/placement are located                                      and
  • come from a household where the income is under/up to £25,000                                            or
  • receive the college’s Progress Bursary.

Please note:

  • In the event that you lose your pass, you will be required to pay £25 for the first replacement pass. Further replacements can also be issued but at the full cost of the pass.

Please note: Termly rail passes will only be renewed if you meet the 90% attendance requirement.


If you study with us and decide to progress onto higher education, we’ll support you with this by refunding any UCAS fees you incur when making your application.

To find out more, please contact


There is help available to fund any kit and uniforms required for your course, as well as for the cost of trips related to your studies.

To find out more, please contact


If you are aged between 16 and 19 and require childcare support, you can apply to Care to Learn, the government scheme that helps to fund the cost of childcare for students attending college.

Click here for more information.


Who can I contact about financial support for students?

To find out more about the help available, fill out the Financial Support form below. Alternatively, you can email us at or call 0151 252 4040.

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