Help with travel costs

If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2019 you may qualify for a subsidised travel pass from your Local Authority (e.g. Lincolnshire County Council).

If you live in Lincolnshire you can see if you qualify and apply online here

If you live in Nottinghamshire you can see if you qualify and apply online here

If you do not qualify or do not wish to apply for a travel pass but live more than 3.0 miles from college we may be able help via our 16-18 Learner Support Fund

To be eligible for support you must meet the eligibility criteria and travel more than three miles to the nearest Lincoln College site which offers your study programme. (Other rules apply).

Support options include:

  • A maximum of £1,296 per academic year (£36.00 per week) if you live outside of your Local Authority's designated travel area to College
  • Refund of the cost of your Post 16 Travel Pass, if you have already paid for it.
  • If you are unable to pay for your pass up front, the College can pay for it directly to LCC.
  • If you live inside the Local Authority’s designated travel area but don't wish to take out the LCC Travel Pass, then we will award you a maximum of £684.00 per academic year (£19.00 per week) to pay towards your travel.
  • If your circumstances do not meet our Learner Support Fund eligibility criteria but your gross household income is below £38,000 you may qualify for a contribution of a maximum of £432.00 per academic year (£12.00 per week) towards travel. You must still live more than 3.0 miles from college.
  • You will be responsible for paying any additional travel costs.
  • Payments made will be in either termly or half-termly instalments.

Other, non-College support available include the new 16 and 17 Saver rail card.

This card, which costs £30, gives students aged 16 and 17 50% of rail fares.

As an example, a student who travels from Ruskington to Lincoln 4 days a week would normally have to pay £29.20 for those 4 days travel.

With the 16 and 17 Saver rail card this cost would be reduced to a weekly cost of £14.60. Over the course of a 36 week Academic Year the saving would be £525.60, a significant amount. For further details and how to apply for the card see www.16-17saver.co.uk.

Free college meals

Students aged between 16-18 at the beginning of the academic year may be entitled to a Free College Meal (worth up to £3.00 per day) on days they attend College or an activity that is a part of their study programme. 

To be eligible for support students must live in a household where their parents/guardians are in receipt of one of the benefits below (Other rules apply):

  • Income Support   
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance    
  • Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
  • Income– related  Employment Support Allowance 
  • Universal Credit - with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999      
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190.

You may also be entitled to a Free College Meal (worth up to £3.00 per day) if you are living in a household that is in receipt of one of the above benefits and either:

  • Aged 19 at the beginning of the academic year that are continuing on a study programme that they started when aged 16-18
  • Aged 19-24 with a valid Education , Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Help costs at college

A bursary worth up to £1,200 is available for for some students aged 16 - 18-years-old, this is called our16-19 Bursary Fund.

If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2019 and meet one of the criteria below you can apply for a bursary worth up to £1,200  per academic year (Other rules apply):

  • Income Support or Universal Credit (In place of Income Support)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) in place of ESA and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in my own right.
  • In Care or a Care Leaver
Help with childcare costs

If you are a parent under 20 at the start of your course, Care to Learn can help pay for your childcare and related travel costs while you’re learning.

This fund is available no matter what your financial circumstances are. You must, however, be the main carer for the child.

Contact Care to Learn for more information on 0800 121 8989, or contact the Welfare Team.

Paying for uniform, equipment, travel to college and the cost of applying for university

If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2019 this fund is available to help with Course related costs including, but not exclusively:

including, but not exclusively

  • Uniform and equipment considered by your curriculum area essential for your course, up to a maximum of £250.00: 
  • Travel to a maximum of 2 Higher Education Interviews (proof of interview and journey cost is required): 
  • UCAS application fee.
  • Stationery
  • Travel to College.

To receive support eligible students must meet the ESFA eligibility criteria and live in a household where their parents/guardians are in receipt of one of the benefits below:

  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Support        
  • Universal Credit—with income not exceeding £30,000 pa (other calculations and rules apply)
  • Council Tax Support  
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
  • Housing Benefit          

Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit, but only where Total Income shown on your Final Inland Revenue Award Notice for 2019/2020 is less than £30,000

If you do not receive any of the benefits shown above you may qualify for help with course related costs and travel costs if your gross household income is less than £30,000.

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