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You may be worried about the costs associated with attending College, like buying books or travel expenses. Don’t worry, as a student aged between 16 and 18 you may be eligible for financial support. Depending on your financial circumstances and your attendance at College, here’s some of the support you could receive…
Trafford College has a Student Bursary available to support students aged 16 to 18 who meet set eligibility criteria with travel to and from College, College lunches, essential equipment and uniforms and compulsory trips. The amount you could receive depends on your family’s household income. Please make sure that you download a copy of the guidelines which contain essential information about the Bursary policy including when and how to apply for funding, eligibility, the type of awards you can apply for and how payments are made if you are successful. Further information is available when you enrol at College.
Care to Learn (C2L) - Childcare Costs
If you are a young parent you may be eligible for help with childcare costs of up to £160 per child per week. For more information about this support, please contact the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 for further information and an application pack
Army FE Bursary
If you’re planning on joining the army after College, then you may be entitled to receive an Army FE Bursary, aimed at students on full-time College courses. Students will receive £1,000 per year during their studies and a further £1,000 on completion of Phase One Army training. (Totalling up to £4000).To find out more visit army.mod.uk/armyineducation/bursary.aspx.Please note that selection for the Army FE Bursary Scheme is at the discretion of the British Army and not Trafford College.
As a College student you can apply for a NUS Extra student discount card. It costs £11 and gives you exclusive discounts, promotions and competition offers. Companies supporting NUS discounts range from Miss Selfridge to Odeon, Amazon to Ticketmaster, and many more. For more information, visit nus.org.uk.
To help you get to and from College, you can apply for a Scholars Concessionary Permit which can reduce public transport costs. This permit costs £5 and allows students to travel between home and College by bus, rail or metrolink at a discounted rate. For more information visit tfgm.com.
Train, tram and bus operators also offer discounted season tickets for students. These tickets can be used for multiple journeys and can be cheaper than buying single tickets each time. You can also travel further with a bus season ticket, not just between home and college.
System One Bus Savers
If you are aged 16 – 26 and in full time education you can buy student bus tickets, which are available as weekly, monthly and annual passes. These will allow you to travel on any bus at anytime. For more information, visit systemonetravelcards.co.uk
Where to buy?
You can purchase the above tickets from the following:
For more information about how to get to College click here