There is a wide range of financial support for 16-18 year olds. This section explains what type of support you can access and our eligibility criteria.
You may be eligible for support if you are 18 and over if you are:
Students aged 19 and over are not eligible for the Vulnerable Student Bursary.
If you do not meet these criteria, please refer to our Adult Learner Support Funds section.
Young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups are eligible for a bursary of up to £1,200 a year. This bursary is divided into 6 payments (on a half term basis).
The following groups during term time are eligible for a vulnerable bursary:
Discretionary bursaries are awarded to help students with for example, the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment.
The College has identified the following eligibility criteria for discretionary funding of the 16-18 Bursary
Students claiming the discretionary bursary will receive £500 per academic year divided into 6 payments (on a half term basis).
Students who have a household income during term time between £21,000 and £25,000 will be eligible for a one off payment of £200.
Discretionary Bursaries are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Some students are eligible for Free College Meals. This provides students with one healthy meal a day for the days that they are timetabled to be in college.
For the purpose of eligibility, the student must be in receipt of, or have parents/carer who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
Evidence of the award of the qualifying benefits must be provided as part of this application.
To apply for support you must apply online: lscollege.ac.uk/bursary.
Your application will then be assessed by the Student Finance Coordinator.
Students must meet the following criteria in order to receive their allocation:
Attendance will be checked by the Student Finance Coordinator. The level of attendance will be based on the attendance percentage of the previous half term (from the first day of term to the last.)
To receive financial support students must be attending College. They cannot receive support for long periods of non-attendance i.e. when on holiday or in hospital.
Where your course is less than 13 hours a week or less than three terms we will adjust your allocation accordingly.
Young people aged 16 and 17 need a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard to:
Children aged 16 or 17 on 31 August who live in a London borough can also travel free on buses and trams.
Londoners aged 18 on 31 August who are still in full time education can also apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard that allows free bus and tram travel.
To apply online go to the TFL website: tfl.gov.uk