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

*All support is subject to eligibility.

If you are eligible for travel support, you will receive an annual pass to use on local Stagecoach buses up to a maximum of £60 per month.

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

  • Your household income is less than £30,000 and you live more than 1 mile from campus
  • Your household income is between £30,000 and £50,000 and you live more than 3 miles from campus

Travelling for a placement

Students can receive travel support for work placements even if they are not usually eligible for travel support (e.g. living less than 1 mile from campus).

If your household income is less than £30,000 you may be eligible for free college lunches. Students who are eligible will receive a daily allowance of £4 for lunch per timetabled day.

All students, regardless of income, will have access to a free breakfast.

If you have a continuing Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), you may still be eligible for free meals.

Students completing a work placement off-site may be eligible for support with meals. Payments for meals (if eligible) on placement days will be sent to your bank account.

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
  • Essential Trips and Visits

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.

When kit or equipment is essential to the course, support will be provided to cover costs for students with a household income under £30,000.

Devices such as laptops and headphones for study are available to borrow from our Future Ready Hubs to use for studying.

For more information, click here.

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

Up to the age of 18, a student who is care experienced or looked after, or is receiving income support/Universal Credit as they are financially supporting themselves, they are entitled to £1,200 from Care to Learn to use across the academic year.

If student is in significant financial hardship, they can complete a Hardship Request form for anything that is causing a barrier to learning. These are based on household income and looked at individually.

Complete your financial support application