Financial support for 16-18 year olds
Most 16-18 year olds are eligible for funding by the UK government, meaning you can study at City and Islington College for FREE.
The following information is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on your status at the time of enrolment.
A Home student is a learner who has been resident in the UK/EU/EEA, without any restrictions on their stay in the UK, for three years prior to the start date of their College course. These students are entitled to free education at further education (FE) colleges.
Evidence of residency and/or nationality/immigration status is necessary at enrolment and/or when they attend for an interview. Original documents such as passport, national ID card, Biometric Card or immigration paperwork are essential.
Any information you are given will only be applicable for the first year of a course.
Although your FE tuition fees may be covered, all students require the following:
- Student Membership Card: most students attending the College will have to pay this fee (normally £25) - this card enables you to access College buildings and borrow resources from our well-stocked and equipped Learning Centres
- Resource fee: this covers the cost of essential course materials for specific courses.
Students who do not qualify as Home students are classified as International students. The College is unable to obtain funding in respect of international students and as a consequence has to charge an international student fee.
Please visit the International Student hub’s fee section to find out how this affects you financially.
16+ Oyster Card
If you live in a London borough and are aged 16, 17 or 18 years old on 31st August and studying on an FE programme, you can qualify for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard, which gives you free or discounted travel around London on buses, the tube, DLR and Overground. For more information, visit TfL.
Grants, bursaries and childcare
At City and Islington College we offer a range of financial support schemes to help young people aged 16-18 during their course. Funding is provided by the government and enables us to make discretionary awards to those young people assessed as facing the greatest financial barriers to participation in their college course.
The meal bursary is one of these financial support schemes. There are other bursaries available and depend on your financial situation, and that of your parents/guardians/carers.
The college decides which bursaries you are eligible for and pays you directly. Contact our Student Finance helpline for more help on 020 7704 5539
Many London boroughs offer financial support to young people who stay in education and training. The following council bursaries may also be available to you.
- Islington Year 12 Bursary – Islington Council
- Mayor’s Education Award (MEA) – Tower Hamlets
- Southwark’s Educational Maintenance Supplements (SEMS) – Southwark Council
Contact your local borough council for more information about financial support available to young people in education.
Care to Learn
The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.
You may receive up to £175 a week (deposits paid and holiday retainers). You can find out more information here.
You need to be a parent aged under 20. You can claim this benefit as long as the other parent is not available to provide childcare (e.g. if they are working) and they are not claiming Childcare Tax Credit.
If you are a young parent the College has two nurseries which provide places for students’ children aged 2-5 years. The nurseries are based at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology on Camden Road (N7) and the Centre for Lifelong Learning.
Want to know more? View the GOV.UK page on financial support for 16-19 year olds.