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Student Fees and Finance

Trafford College offers a range of financial support packages that you may be able to access depending on your circumstances.

As a 16-18 year old, you will have no tuition, registration or exam fees to pay, however, students may be asked to purchase course-related resources during their studies. We understand that every situation is different which is why we offer a range of financial support services for students including support for care leavers, disability living allowance and free school meals.

Full-time and part-time course fees differ from course to course. 19+ adult learners may be able to access one of our financial support packages to make studying with us accessible. The 19+ Learner Support Fund aims to help eligible students who need additional financial support throughout their time at College in order to complete their course. The fund can help with travel, course-related costs and childcare costs. The Advanced Learner Loan aims to support those with learning difficulties, parents, care leavers and the unemployed.

How can we help?

Our Pass Travel Scheme

Available from July, ‘Our Pass’ is a free bus travel scheme for 16-18 year olds who live and travel within the Greater Manchester area. Visit www.ourpass.co.uk for more information on the scheme and to apply.

‘Our Pass’ replaces bursary financial assistance for bus travel for students within the Greater Manchester area. Please note: if you use an ‘Our Pass’ for journeys to and from college, you will not be eligible for a travel contribution from the bursary.

An ‘Our Pass’ costs £10 and this fee will be reimbursed by the College, if you are eligible for the bursary, live more than 2 miles from the College, and use an ‘Our Pass’ for your College journeys. If you live outside the Greater Manchester area or have to use alternative transport methods, you may be eligible for financial support for travel, please contact Student Services to discuss this with a Financial Support Officer.

Childcare Expenses

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.

Childcare Expenses, including travel expenses to and from a childcare provider for young parents aged 16-18 can be accessed through the national Care2Learn scheme.

Free College Meals

The Government has extended free meals support to students from lower income families attending further education courses.

This means that if you were in receipt of free meals whilst at school and are aged 16 - 18, you may still receive an allowance towards your lunch. In order to be eligible, you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit with a gross income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run on — paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (with income under £616.67 per month)

If you think you may be eligible, please call Student Services to speak to a member of the Student Finance team.

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