Assistance with travel expenses
Are you eligible?
|Situation||Information we need|
|Currently in care, or has experience of being in care since 16th birthday||Letter from social worker confirming your care status.|
|Entitled to free school meals*||Letter from school confirming free school meals eligibility, or a letter confirming you or your parent/carer receives certain benefits.|
|Household income less than £25,000 (pre-tax)||Most recent P60 or most recent three-months of wage slips of both parents or carers, or confirmation of receipt of income-related benefits. If you’re aged 25+, evidence should relate to your own earnings.|
|POLAR4 Q1**||Post code of home address checked using online tool, using latest POLAR definition (POLAR 4)|
*It doesn’t matter if you don’t use your free school meals - we just need to know you’re entitled to them. You might be entitled to free school meals if your household receives certain benefits, which you can check here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals.
**POLAR4 is a system which tells us how many people from your area attend higher education. If you live in an area which is in quintile 1 (where the least people attend higher education) you’ll be able to claim travel support. You can check this by visiting this link and entering your postcode: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-search/. The first number on the left is your quintile.