We have introduced an extensive financial support package for our full-time 16-18 year old students to allow us to assist our students with any barriers they may face. Support available may include:

College Bursary Fund

Assistance from our College Bursary Fund is available to students aged 16-18 with a household income of £30,000 (gross) per year or below. The following awards are available:

  • Free bus travel*
  • Equipment awards for students on various courses including Hair, Beauty, Art, Public Services, Engineering, Childcare and Health and Social Care
  • Free College meals**

There is also a Guaranteed Study Bursary* of up to £1,200 a year for students who are one of the following:

  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
  • In the care of the Local Authority
  • A Care Leaver

Subsidised Bus Travel

All 16-18 year old students are eligible for subsidised termly bus passes, available to purchase from Student Services. You may also be eligible for FREE travel through the College Bursary Fund.

Free Breakfast and Meals

All students arriving before 8.40am each day can enjoy a FREE healthy breakfast in our Refectory.

The Government has extended free meals from school aged children to College students. The available funding is for disadvantaged students aged between 16 and 18 at the start of their course. For the purposes of eligibility, ‘disadvantaged’ is defined as the student being in receipt of, or having parents who are receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) with a gross income of under £16,190)
  • Universal Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Students will need to complete a College Bursary application form and provide recent evidence of the qualifying benefit. Once the application has been approved, a credit of £2.50 per day will be added onto their student smart ID card for each day they are in College.

If you believe your son/daughter is entitled to free College meals and require further information, contact our Student Services Team Leader on 01282 440303.


Council Tax Exemption

Your local council may request a certificate which proves that your son/daughter is a full-time student at College, if they are 18 or over. Students can request a certificate by calling into Student Services. There is usually a 2-3 day turnaround for requests, however during busier periods this may take longer.

If you are the only adult living in your property and your son/daughter turns 18, you may be eligible for a discount on your Council Tax. Contact your local council for information. If you are in receipt of Housing and/or Council Tax Reduction, it is essential to provide a Student Certificate once your son/daughter turns 18.

Child Benefit and Tax Credits

Child Benefit can be claimed for full-time students between 16 and 19. The course must be ‘non-Advanced’ which, for the purposes of Child Benefit includes A Levels, all BTEC Levels and Cache qualifications. Your son/daughter must have started, enrolled or been accepted on their course before the age of 19.

For more information contact the Child Benefit Helpline on 0300 200 3100 or go to www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19. In addition if you are eligible to receive Child Tax Credits, the same age criteria apply. Evidence of enrolment is usually not required to continue your claim.


The financial support package is reviewed each year and may be subject to change. Speak to our Student Services Team for more information.

*Evidence will be required

*Dependent on individual circumstances