16-18 Year Old Financial Support

The College offers students aged 16-18 three areas of bursaries.


The Guaranteed Bursary

This is a payment of £40 per week towards the costs of coming to College. To be eligible for this bursary you must be:

  • In care or care leaver in receipt of income support
  • (Independent student on means tested benefit in own right) Disabled and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance Disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance
  • In addition to the payment of £40 per week you will be supported with the cost of any Equipment you need to purchase for your course or any trips that are related to your learning. These costs have already been confirmed by your tutor.
  • Lakes College will process the information you have provided in accordance with the Data Protection Act of 1998. The data will be processed for purposes connected to your studies. If you are under 18 this may be shared with your parent of guardian. In addition there may be special circumstances where the Principal considers it appropriate to discuss educational reports with your parent or guardian.


The Travel Bursary

  • College will provide stagecoach passes where students aren’t eligible for the county council pass, subject to household income (less than £25,000).
  • If you live in a household dependent on benefits or a low income then there are funds available if you are starting a course at Lakes College. Click here to view the county council bus pass criteria Click here to view the application form for the county council bus pass Click here to view the code of conduct / behaviour for the county council bus pass



Free School Meals

  • A student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 on 31 August 2019 to be eligible to receive a free meal.
  • Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a free meal if they are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • Free meals are targeted at disadvantaged students. Free meals in further education defines disadvantage as students being in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC))
    • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
  •  A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or a responsible adult on their behalf, have made a successful application to the institution where they are enrolled.

If you think you are eligible for any of the financial support options listed, please click here to request the form(s) to be sent to you, you will need to complete and return this along with evidence of your eligibility. This can be done by email to or when you are in college (an appointment will be required due to the COVID 19 restrictions).


Lakes College Financial Support

If you have any questions about financial support please contact the Student Finance Team, based in the Student Services Centre which is next to reception.

You can also contact us by phone on 01946 839300 extension 1143.

The funding the College has to help you with the cost of studying comes from a government fund and is public money. The assistance you receive is a discretionary award. It will always be conditional on your attendance at College. While we recognise that students face financial pressures, the funding you are applying for is not a right and the College has a duty to make sure that the funds are awarded fairly and to the students most in need.