All further education courses are free if you are a UK resident and aged 16-18 on 31st August in the year you start your studies. Depending upon your circumstances, the following financial support packages may also be available.

16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is for young people who need some financial support to help them stay in education after 16. It can be used to contribute towards the cost of a College Travel ID and essential course equipment, educational visits, etc. Two types of bursary are available:

a Bursary of up to £1,200 a year to young people who:

  • are in care/care leavers, or
  • are receiving income support (or universal credit), in their own right, or
  • have a disability and receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or universal credit and personal independence payments) in their own right.

a Discretionary Bursary for students who are most in need. Priority will be given to:

  • students eligible for free College meals
  • students from households on benefits or with a gross household income of £25,000 or less.

Free College Meals

As well as the bursary fund, some students may receive free college meals. You will be eligible for these if you or your parent(s) receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit with income under £16,190 (not in receipt of WTC)
  • Universal Credit (net earnings under £7,400 p.a.a)

How to Apply


If you require financial support towards a college Travel ID, please apply via the student portal or the link sent to new students. (Do not use the PayMyStudent link below)

If you do not apply for a Travel ID first, you may not receive a place on your chosen bus service.

If you have not received the bus pass application link, please email your student ID to

Free College Meals/16-19 Bursary (only if you DO NOT require a Travel ID):

Application for current students is made through the PayMyStudent Portal on the college website below. The application process for students starting in September 2022 will open from June 2022. Please also refer to the attached Bursary Guide below.

Finance 16-18 PayMyStudent Portal      |      Flat PDF logo Bursary Guide 

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