If you are 16-18 your course will be fully funded, but you may be eligible for additional support.



To qualify for support with travel, students aged 16-18 must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Household income less than £30,000: If you live more than 1 mile from your campus of study, you may receive support with a monthly allowance to pay for your travel.
  • Household income between £30,000 and £50,000: If you live more than 5 miles from your campus of study, you may receive support with a monthly allowance to pay for your travel.

Eligible students will receive support via a monthly travel allowance based on the cheapest mode of transport.


Students aged 16-18 could be entitled to free meals on the days they attend college if their household receives any of the following:

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they 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 four weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa

Kit costs

Support will be provided to cover kit and equipment costs for students with a household income under £30,000

*All support is subject to eligibility.

If you require support with childcare costs and you are aged under 20 at the start of your course, you should apply through Care to Learn. Click here for more information about Care to Learn.

Students can apply for assistance with the cost of purchasing course related items that are not mandatory for completing their qualification, such as: 

  • Kit and equipment
  • Uniform
  • UCAS Fee 

Those in receipt of certain benefits, in their own right, may also be eligible for a £1,200 a year, Vulnerable Bursary. 

If you're struggling due to your financial circumstances or have any questions about what support you may be eligible for, please speak to a member of the Finance Support team by emailing welfare@educationpartnershipne.ac.uk.

Complete your financial support application