16-18 year olds

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You can apply for help with travel if you live 1.5+ miles from your college centre of attendance/placement and come from a household whose income is under/up to £25,000.

We ask you to contribute £20 towards your travel pass each term.

Student Fund

The college has a limited fund with which to offer support to students – with additional on course costs such as books, stationery, materials and equipment.

• You can apply for this support if your household income is under/up to £25,000.

Progress Bursary

The college offers a weekly Progress Bursary to students in certain circumstances. Please contact the Student Finance Team directly for more information.

FE Meals

If your family receives one of the welfare benefits listed below, you may be entitled to receive free FE meals if you are aged 16-18 on 31.8.18.

If you are aged 16-18 on 31.8.18 and receive one of the following welfare benefits in your own name, then you may also be eligible.

• Income Support
• Income-based JSA
• Income-related ESA
• Support under Part Vl of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• 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 have an Education, Health and Care Plan you may be eligible for FE meals.

If you qualify for FE meals, you will also be eligible for a college bursary of £15 per week based on attendance and other course-related requirements.


You can download the leaflet here:

Finance Brochure – Students Aged 16-18

Additional Notes

You must be aged 16-18 on 31/08/2018 (or aged up to 24 if you have an Education and Health Care Plan – EHCP) for you to be eligible for this support.

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