Free Meals Scheme

Free College Meal Scheme


What is it?

Free food for days you’re in College!

A food allowance of £2.41 will be available each day that you are timetabled to attend your course, including work placements and trips. This allowance can be redeemed at the College’s TASTE restaurant on South Site. The allowance does not cover snacks, such as crisps or chocolate, or drinks (because water is freely available around the College already). The allowance must be used on the day and cannot be ‘saved up’. Use it or lose it!

Who is eligible?

To be eligible you must be:

- Aged between 16 and 18 years old (as at 31 August); if you turn 19 during the academic year you remain eligible until the end of the academic year or your course of study finishes, whichever is sooner.

- Aged between 19 and 25 who are eligible to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan)

And you or your parents must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of the 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.

How do I apply?

No extra forms are needed to be completed just tick the relevant box on the Financial Support application form (available online or from Student Services) and you will receive details during enrolment.

For further information or advice, please talk to our Student Services team either in person or call 01256 306484.



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