16-18 Financial Support

16-18 Bursary

You may be eligible for financial support to help while studying. This will depend on which course you study, how far away from your college centre you live and your household circumstances. The maximum award is £1200 per year.  You need to be in care, a care leaver, receiving Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself, or receiving Personal Independence Payments in your own right.

There is also the discretionary bursary for help with travel and materials.  This support is means-tested and you need to be a dependent of someone with low income or on benefits or financially supporting yourself. 

You will need to upload proof of household income or benefits with your application. The fund is not guaranteed and it will only paid to those who meet the attendance criteria of 85% or above.

Free College Meals

If you were entitled to free school meals at school or you or your parent/carer are on certain benefits, then you may be eligible for help with meals whilst you are at college.

TfL Oyster scheme

If you are aged 16-17 you can get free and discounted travel on all transport services with a Zip Oyster photocard.  Please apply online https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/free-and-discounted-travel/16-plus-zip-oyster-photocard

If you are 18 on 31 August, in full-time education, and live in a London borough you can apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard to get free travel on buses and trams.


Care to Learn
If you are aged 16-19 at the start of your course the Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.


Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a discretionary bursary if they are continuing on a study program they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

To apply please complete the Application Form

Please click here for the Full Financial Assistance policy 20-21