Money and wellbeing support for 16-18s

Right from the start, our friendly staff and advisers provide expert information, advice and guidance to give you the best learning experience possible.

Students aged 16-18 don't pay course fees. And you may be entitled to the following financial and wellbeing support:

  • FREE lunch*
  • FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass*
  • 30% discount - a £170 annual saving - on a 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass (if you're not eligible for the free pass)
  • FREE circular bus service linking Bispham Campus with Poulton-le Fylde
  • FREE healthy breakfast every morning at College
  • Help with accommodation costs (if you need to move away to study)*
  • Help with childcare costs*
  • A Vulnerable Bursary of up to £1,200, and FREE meals, if you’re in care or receiving certain benefits*
  • Specialist learning support if you have a disability or learning/mental health difficulty (also available remotely)
  • Personal Progress Tutor to provide ongoing support
  • Low-cost membership of our Inspirations gym
  • Low-cost hair and beauty treatments
  • Confidential counselling
  • FREE careers service

* Eligibility is based on household income – read our Financial Support Policy 2019-20.

How to apply

You need to apply for financial support (including the free lunch, travel pass, help with accommodation and the Vulnerable Bursary) as soon as you can before your course starts. Please use our 16-18 Financial Support Application Form.

If you have any questions about financial support, please email

Applying for help with childcare costs

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.

The Care to Learn Scheme document has more details and you can apply here.

Contact us

Our advisers are here to help with all aspects of funding.

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
Disabled Confident
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