Financial Support for 16-18s

If you’re aged 16-18 and doing a full-time course, the B&FC Bonus could help you to stretch your budget further.


Access the following support:

  • FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass*

  • FREE circular bus service

  • FREE healthy breakfast every morning while you’re at College

  • FREE lunch*

  • Up to £1200 worth of funding (which could include a Smart Card and bursary) and FREE meals if you’re in care or receiving certain benefits*

*Eligibility applies - To see if you qualify, check the table below:

 Guaranteed BursaryDiscretionary Student SupportFree Student Meals
The different types of offer available (depending on circumstances)Up to £1200 worth of funding and you can apply for 1 or more of the following:
  • Smart Card
  • Meals
  • Bursary

Help with travel to and from College if you live 1.5 or more miles from the campus you attend

Help with the costs of accommodation if you have to study away from home because the course is not available in your local area and you are studying towards your first full level 2 or 3 qualification

Help with childcare whilst you study

Lunch for the days that you attend College
Am I eligible?In care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, or leaving care

OR In receipt of Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC)

OR Disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment

Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance or Income Support

OR Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC)

OR Council Tax Reduction/ Support or Housing Benefit

OR Pension Credit (guaranteed only)

OR Working Tax Credits 2018/19 (2017/18 must show income less than £30,810)

OR P60 end of year certificate for 2018 (must show income less £30,810) & Council Tax statement

OR An unwaged dependant of any of the above


Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance

OR Income Support

OR Income based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

OR Pension Credit (guaranteed only)

OR Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

OR Working Tax Credit run-on (- paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

OR Universal Credit (UC)

What do I need to bring?If you are In Care or a Care Leaver:

Written confirmation from the relevant local authority confirming Looked After or Care Leaver status


If you receive an eligible benefit in your own right:

A photocopy of all pages of a Job Centre Plus letter dated from March 2018

A photocopy of all pages of a Job Centre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions letter dated from March 2018

OR A photocopy of all pages of a Working Families Tax credit Award Notice* (TC602) 2018/19 (2017/18 must show income less than £30,810) 

OR Two P60s for April 2018 (income less than £30,810) and a council tax statement showing the number of adults living in the household.

OR If one parent or carer in the household does not work and is not in receipt of an eligible benefit they should provide three months recent bank statements
A photocopy of all pages of a Job Centre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions letter dated from March 2018

*Please note: we are unable to accept your Tax Credit Annual Review Notice

How do I apply?

Please apply as early as possible to ensure funding is in place before the start of your course. Application forms will be available soon. If you have any questions about financial support please email

Contact us

Our advisers are here to help with all aspects of funding. Contact us on T 01253 504224 or E