16-18 Financial Support

At Stanmore College we understand that there are costs related to attending college, if your annual gross household income is £30,000 or below, you may be eligible for a college bursary which could support you towards these costs.

On this page you will be able to see details of our bursaries and determine which one would be applicable to you based on your circumstances.

You will be able to apply for the 2023-2024 bursary once you have completed the enrolment process. The college has an online application portal and this will be going live very soon please check back on this page for future updates.



Apply Here for Bursary


16-18 Discretionary Bursary

Students who are aged 16-18 (from 31st August 2023) will not normally be expected to pay any tuition fees, registration fees or exam fees for their course, but you may have to pay for other course related costs, such as meals and travel. Those who turn 19 in the academic year will be supported under the 16-19 Discretionary Bursary.

Free College Meals

Free college meals will be offered to students who meet the below government criteria and are; 16 -18 on 31st August 2022, or they are 19+ continuing on a study programme they begun aged 16 to 18 (19+ continuers), or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

16-19 Vulnerable Learner Bursary (Government Scheme)

Stanmore College support vulnerable students in line with the Government/ESFA guidance. The bursary is for students aged 16 or over or under 19 at the 31st August at the start of the academic year. This could be an award of up to £1,200. An assessment is made based on the financial need. We will assess the student’s financial need to enable them to participate in learning, e.g. travel costs, essential trips, lunches, equipment costs etc. If these costs are met from other sources of support, then we may not be able to award any money.

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

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.


16+ Oyster application are made by Student’s parents/guardian- college only confirms that you are enrolled at Stanmore college.

18+ Oyster applications are made by the applicant themselves- college only confirms that you are enrolled at Stanmore college.

If you are 18 and 31 Aug 2023, you can still apply for 16+ if you are in full time education.

Please note that if you are applying for 18+ and paying £20 application fee- this amount will not be refunded by TFL if you later change the application to 16+ . Please be aware that 16+ oyster gives you free travel on buses and 50% off on Trains while 18+ gives 30% off on bus and train fares. So please make the right application.


16+ oyster applications can be made by students living outside London, but they will only get 50% off on their bus and Train Fare.


At present 18+ oyster applications are not available for any applicants with postcode outside of London.

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