16-18 Financial Support

The learning bursary is paid to students who live at home and where the family is in receipt of one or more of the following; Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Child Tax credit, Pension credit, Free School meals. The enhanced bursary is paid to students who are in the care of the local authority, care leavers or in receipt of benefits in their own right. You may be able to receive support towards travel, as well as direct payments conditional on good attendance. If you were entitled to free school meals at school you may still be entitled to receive these in college.

We offer two student bursaries at Stanmore College which are linked to attendance.

Learning Bursary – Support to eligible students aged 16 to 18 with costs such as transport, meals at college and other course related costs.

(Means tested)


Meal Allowance – To all eligible students.


The enhanced bursary is paid to students who are in care of the local authority, care leavers or in receipt of certain benefits.

Enhanced bursary: £40/£30/£20 per week

Confirmation of Study Letters: We offer confirmation of study/reference letters for Home Office and tax concessions.

Oyster Card Confirmation: We help with travel by approving oyster card applications. For most students, an Oyster card is the best way to use public transport to attend college. Once the student completes the online form, we get a request from TFL to confirm the status of the applicant. We stamp the application forms for the student to get 16+ and 18+ oyster cards.

Q: Do I qualify for any discounts when I am a student?

  • You can apply for the Totum Card which will get you discounts in a number of shops.
  • You can apply to UNIDAYS and STUDENTBEANS


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