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Help with Travel Expenses

Students who live more than two miles away from the College, may be eligible for funding to contribute to travel costs while they are at College. 

If you are not eligible for the Kent 16+ Travelcard, you will receive funding to you by BACs based on the cost of a 4-weekly/monthly ticket. The maximum funding given for travel for the academic year is £1500. There may be further bus or train discounts available for students – please see Student Support Services at your campus for further details.

KENT 16+ TRAVELCARD

There are changes to the application and payment process for KCC 16+ travel cards for the September 2018 academic year. 

From 4th June 2018 applications and payments for KCC 16+ travelcards must be made directly to KCC Public Transport on-line here. Application and payment for a travelcard need to be received by KCC (whether made online or by post) by 13th July in order for the pass to be available to collect at College at the start of term. 

For more information about the Kent 16+ Travelcard, including eligibility criteria, please click here.

All travel cards are sent by KCC to the College Student Support department at their campus and can be collected during the advertised opening times. Where a travel card is not received by the start of term, the student must make arrangements to pay for their travel until the pass is received. 

Students applying for financial support to contribute to the cost of the travel card need to make an application for both financial support to the College and the travel card with KCC as soon as possible. If applicants are able the travel card must be paid for at the time of application and the cost will be reimbursed if the applicant is eligible for financial support. Written evidence of payment must be provided.  

Please read the College finance application guidance notes carefully including the evidence required as funding cannot be agreed without this. 

Applicants need to apply to KCC for the 1st half year pass. The College will only issue funding for the 1st half year pass (£200) once the finance application has been assessed and if applicants are eligible.  It is the student and parent/carer’s responsibility to make an application and payment and any delay will add to the time it takes for the travel card to arrive at College. Students will need to self-fund travel costs whilst waiting for the travelcard to arrive at College.

If applicants are unable to pay for the travel card in advance, they should apply for financial support as soon as possible and their application will be assessed and processed once they have enrolled onto their course.  

Any applications and payments made to KCC after the 13th July will take six weeks to process and travel to College must be self-funded until the travel card arrives. 

In exceptional circumstance the College may be able to support individuals, dependent upon circumstances and funding available. 

For eligible students, further funding for the 2nd half year travelcard (£200) will be issued in time for the student or parent/carer to make an application for the 2nd half year travelcard; from Monday 19 November 2018. To be sure of having your pass available from the start of term 4 your application must be received by KCC by Friday 4 January 2019.

Please ensure you apply for the bursary as soon as possible in order for you to receive funding for the pass. It is the student and parent/carer’s responsibility to make application and payment and any delay will add to the time it takes for your travelcard to arrive at College. You will need to self-fund your travel costs whilst waiting for the travelcard to arrive at College.

If you receive financial support for your travel card and you withdraw from your course at any time during the year you are required to inform Student Support.

Students applying for a Kent 16+ travelcard later in the academic year should speak to a member of Student Support for further support and guidance.