‘Free Meals’ means that a qualifying student will be provided with one meal at lunchtime up to the value of £2.41 each day that s/he attends college.

To be eligible for a free meal in the 2017 to 2018 academic year the student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2017.

Students aged 19 or over are only eligible for a free meal if they:

Are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

To qualify for free meals the student or his/her family must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • 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, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC))
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

    Meals will be provided by the College café, Madisons.

    Alternative arrangements will be made where the student is off-site (e.g. during work experience or whilst on a fieldtrip)

    Free meals will be provided as discreetly as possible, but proof of identity may be required

    Free meals will only be provided once an application has been made and the relevant proof of benefit seen by the College; Free Meals cannot be ‘backdated’.

    To make a claim for Free Meals you need to complete a Bursary application form and provide the relevant proof – please see Bursary page