College Meals

Free College Meals

Students aged between 16–18 years old at the start of their course may be eligible for a free meal at college, if in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act (1999)
  • The guarantee element of 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
  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (net earnings not exceeding £11,400 per annum)

If you are aged 19 and continuing on the same study programme that you started before you turned 19, or are aged 19-24 and have a current Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you could also be eligible.

To apply for a Free College Meal, please speak to your Student Manager or visit Student Services.