Travel Support

If your household income is less than £30,000 a year and if you live more than a mile away from the College, you may be eligible for financial support to contribute towards the travel costs for the days you are attending college. The College support home to college return journeys by the cheapest rate and ticket method possible.

Travel and COVID-19
If you are unable to use public transport because you are considered vulnerable to COVID 19, we would consider the payment of taxi fares if considered appropriate.

How to apply?

To apply, you need to complete the Hardship Application form online or in person and submit the essential documentary evidence.

Evidence Required:

  • If you live in a household which is in receipt of a means tested qualifying benefit you can prove your entitlement by providing a benefit awarding letter, which must be dated within the past three months.
  • If you live in a household with an income of less than £30,000 net a year but do NOT receive any benefits, you will need to provide proof of income for all adult members of the household, this includes:

– Current Council Tax Bill or Tenancy Agreement

– Bank statements for the past three consecutive months for each adult

– Payslips for the past three consecutive months for each adult

How do I claim for the expenses?

In order to claim reimbursement of your expenses of home to college journeys, you need to hand in the completed claim form with the supporting evidence, as listed below:

Oyster Card

If you use an Oyster card please ensure this is registered with Transport for London:  www.tfl@gov.uk  immediately. The journey history, clearly highlighting the home to college journeys, should be printed and attached to the travel claim form. You can arrange through TFL to have this emailed to you on a regular basis.

Contactless Bank Card

If you use your contactless bank card to travel to and from the college you need to provide your bank statement or you can register your bank card with Transport for London:  www.tfl@gov.uk

Bus/Train Pass

If you use a weekly/monthly ticket, we will cover the cost for travel on the days you attend College e.g. If you buy a weekly ticket and attend College 2 days a week we will reimburse 2/7ths of the cost.

Daily travel tickets only on exceptional basis

If you purchase daily travel tickets, where oyster or contactless card payment method is not possible, please retain the receipt and hand them in to Learner Services.

Parking tickets/ patrol claims only on exceptional basis

If you are travelling to the college by car you need to provide details of your exceptional reasons in writing.

Travel expenses should be claimed at least termly or more often if required. Payments will only be made for the days you attended the college. It is your responsibility to notify us of any changes to your timetable. Any changes in the bursary awards will only be made backdated to date when information was received.

Other student travel discounts

As a student you may be entitled to a range of student discounts, to help with the cost of travelling to the College.  This includes Student Oyster Card and/or Railcard. Please note that these services are not provided by the College, if you require further information please contact the provider directly.

Student Oyster Card

You can get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets. This service is provided by Transport for London (TfL) and the terms and conditions as well as the eligibility are set by them. https://photocard.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/showLogon.do?selection=student

How to apply?

To apply, please visit the TfL website.

Once you have submitted your application the college will verify your details to TfL within five working days of submitting your request on their website if you fully meet the criteria.

Please note that our part time courses are not normally meet the eligibility criteria.

If you withdraw from your course, or transfer to another course that does not qualify, we must notify Transport for London and your 18+ Oyster Card may be cancelled.

TfL is responsible for the scheme so any queries regarding the eligibility criteria should be directed to them. Please note that the College accepts no liability for any costs associated with student travel or discount schemes. If you are unsure whether you meet the eligibility criteria then we would recommend that you check your details on ……

16-25 National Railcard

If you're aged between 16 and 25 you can buy a 16-25 Railcard that get you a 1/3 discount on off-peak rail travel.

 For further information, how to apply and eligibility criteria, please visit the 16-25 rail card website: https://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/using-your-railcard/the-benefits/

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