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Students aged 16-18 (including Students in care/looked after Children)

Learner Support Fund


Students aged 16-18 could be entitled to financial support towards their free college meals, travel to and from College classes and the core essential materials requires to study on a course.


Students must be enrolled to a registered programme and make an application via the Learner Support Fund. Support available is based on a household income threshold as below.

Eligibility Entitlement
Household Income below £37,000


*Students recognised by their local authority as in care, a care leaver or living independently and receiving certain benefits directly.

Travel Costs: Students are recommended to apply for any discounted travel passes they are entitled to. Please refer to our student travel page as to what you may be entitled to.

Where possible, a travel pass will be awarded to students once eligible. In cases whereby this cannot be possible, an alternative solution will be arranged with you once your application has been completed.

Food Credit Allowance: A contribution towards food credits will be awarded to you via a cashless system onto your student card. The college operate a cross-site initiative of cashless systems for both staff and students. Students will be awarded a daily or weekly allowance.

Study Programme Essentials: Once eligible, you will be automatically awarded with covering costs for materials you require as part of your course. This includes any books, kit or trips your study department have agreed for us to fund.


*Students recognised by their local authority as in care, a care leaver or living independently and receiving certain benefits directly can claim the Learner Support fund via the Enhanced Bursary scheme. This scheme  will require evidence from your local authority to confirm your status for assessment purposes instead of household income.


How to apply

Visit our how to apply page for further information of how to apply and what household income evidence you require.


Terms and Conditions

View the Guidelines and policy we follow in distributing financial support to Students, Including the terms and conditions of support.


Student travel information

Successful applicants will be funded the most cost efficient travel methods and not the most convenient  mode of transport. This includes funding equivalent costs of public transport if you drive to the College. Visit our travel information page to see what concessionary passes are available at this time.


Frequently Asked Questions

For further questions, please visit our FAQ page. We recommend all Students to submit a full application in the first instance so we can check your details. Please contact us with further information once an assessment has been made with your application.


Policy and Procedures

Details on the College Policy and Procedures for 16-18 financial support funding.


Last updated: 21st February 2024

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