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Free College Meals

Who can apply?

To apply for free college meals you must:

  • Be enrolled on a course which is fully funded by the ESFA (12 hours per week or more)
  • Be aged 16 to 18 on 1 September at the beginning of the college year
  • Be aged 19+ and have an EHCP
  • Students or their parents/guardians should be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits: 
    • Income Support
    • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guaranteed 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
    • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 per annum

Bursary college meals

Please note: if you are not entitled to free college meals as stated above, you may still be eligible for a daily bursary allowance towards your food and drink. 

Important information

  • Evidence MUST be provided by the applicant together with their application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Should you require more information, please send an email to the student services officers on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them on 0208 607 8311. There are a number of drop-in sessions over the summer to enable students to complete applications before the start of the college year. Applications will be on a first come first serve basis.


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