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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
  • Be aged 16 or over but under 19 at the 31st of August 2019
  • Be aged 19 or over at the 31st of August 2019 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan
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
  • Working Tax Credit Run On - The 4 week payment that you receive when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • 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

  • All payments are dependent on available funds
  • Your application will not be assessed without the required evidence
  • We cannot be responsible for original documents
  • Evidence must be provided by applicant together with their application
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed
  • Students must adhere to the college requirements for attendance and behavior

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 8353. Applications will be on a first come first serve basis. Please see the guidelines for further information.

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