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Financial Support & Travel Information

You may be entitled to financial support from the College Bursary Scheme to help meet the costs of continuing with your studies.

The College Bursary Fund

The College Bursary Fund

‘The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is to provide financial support to help students overcome the specific financial barriers to participation they face so they can remain in education.’

Every year the government gives colleges additional funding to help students with essential costs of participating in their study programme: and depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for some (or all) for the following:

  • Free Travel                
  • Free Meals
  • Childcare Support               
  • DBS Checks
  • Music Tuition               
  • Sports Kit
  • Essential Course Equipment     
  • Books
  • Educational Visits     
  • University visits
  • Work Experience costs     
  • DBS Checks

Download our Financial Support booklet for more information about the College Bursary and our other forms of financial support: Bursary, childcare and free meals booklet.

For more information about financial support please do not hesitate to contact our Student Financial Support Helpdesk on 01782 848736 ext 295 or e-mail

View the guidance notes for the 16-19 Bursary fund/Free Meals Support Application.
Bursary Form Guidance Notes From 2020/2021.

View our 16-19 Bursary/Free Meals Scheme Policy Summary

How do I get financial support?

You can apply for your financial support using the PayMyStudent portal.

The application form is on-line and you will need to submit the necessary evidence required that will be used to determine your eligibility.

How do I apply?

PaymyStudent is accessed via this link

Step 1: Registration

First you will need to set up your account. You will need your student enrolment number, please register using this option by entering your date of birth and creating a password (this must be 8 characters long).

Step 2: Activation

Once you have registered you will be sent a verification code via either your choice of text message (SMS) or e-mail. (please make sure that you do not use your previous school e-mail account, as you will not be able to access it). Once your account has been activated you will then go back to the main portal page.  You can now login using your details and the password you created.

 Step 3: Application

Within the homepage welcome message follow the link to the Application Form.  You will be asked for information about your personal circumstances and the household that you live in. 

As you progress through the application you will be advised which evidence will be required to support your application. If you have access to a scanner or a smart phone or a digital camera, you can take copies of the required documents and upload them.  Without the evidence that you have been asked for we will be unable to process your application.

You will then be asked to enter your bank details (these are the student bank details and not the parents) – this is not a mandatory part of the application however we would encourage you to do this now so that if you require any discretionary funding in the future it will not be delayed.

When you have uploaded all of the evidence that is required please sign the declaration and submit your application form. You will then automatically receive a confirmation e-mail.

Free Meals

If you or your parent(s)/Guardian(s) are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits, you will be eligible for a free meal and you will automatically be entitled to the discretionary bursary above:

  • Universal Credit (only if your household income is less than £7,400 a year.)
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Asylum Support from NASS
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you 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

Note: All students are expected to develop the Stoke6th Graduate attributes to realise their potential. Students who do not engage with this programme may lose an element of bursary entitlement.

Childcare Funding

Care to Learn is a Government scheme to help with childcare costs while you study. If you are under 20 on the 31st August in the year you start your course, you may be eligible to receive help with the cost of childcare and transport (up to £160 per week). You can choose to send your child to a nursery or a child-minder but they must be registered with Ofsted. Childcare payments will go directly to your childcare provider and will stop if:

  • you stop attending your course
  • you reach the end of your course
  • your child stops attending childcare

For further information and to request an application pack please visit or Contact Learner Support below if you need advice or help.

Learner Support helpline (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Telephone: 0800 121 8989
Textphone: 0800 917 6048

Travel Information

Travel passes will be available to buy from the College from Thursday 20th August 2020 to start on the students first day of term. Please check the college website towards the end of August for the prices (as they are due to increase over the summer).

We sell Smart and First passes at a reduced rate and you can pay by Cash/Cheque/Card/Contactless and Apple pay. Your parents/guardian can phone and pay for your travel pass over the phone via credit/debit card and you can collect your pass during the day.  You will need a passport size photo to obtain your Travel pass, please bring this to the Student Finance Desk on your day of enrollment to obtain your pass. Travel passes can be used at evenings and weekends – not just for college!

Please note – we cannot replace travel passes that are lost or stolen free of charge.

For further information on how to get to the college, click here.

the new college closed door service: longton-blurton-trentham-hanford

We are pleased to be able to share new information about additional services to the college, which will hopefully ensure students have the best possible travel options available and to help spread the demand across the bus network.

College Closed Door Service: Longton-Blurton-Trentham-Hanford
Service: S24

Pick Up Place
  • Longton, Foley Road (am) – 7:50 am
  • Heathcote Road (pm) – 16:55 pm*
  • Blurton, Beaconsfield Drive/Consett Road
    • 7:54 am   
    • 16:51 pm
  • Blurton, Ladybank Grove
    • 07:57am 
    • 16:48pm
  • Trentham, Man In Space
    • 08:05am   
    • 16:40pm
  • Stoke, The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
    • 8:20am   
    • 16:25pm
  • College Road, Stoke-on-Trent College (Cauldon campus)
    • 8:25am   
    • 16:19pm
  • City Centre (Hanley), outside Bus Station
    • 8:30am 
    • 16:15pm

Route: Longton, Foley Road, Longton Hall Road, Blurton Road, Beaconsfield Drive, Finstock Avenue, Magdalen Road, Trentham Road, Longton Road, New Inn Lane, Mayne Street, Stone Road (A34), A500, City Road, Leek Road, Station Road, College Road, Regent Road, Lower Bethesda Street, Potteries Way, Lichfield Street.

PM reverse of above to Stone Road (A34) then Bankhouse Road, New Inn Lane then reverse of above to Longton Hall Road, Heathcote Road. 


This service is a closed door service for students at OSSMA, Trentham Academy, Stoke Sixth Form College and Stoke-on-Trent College. All seats can be used on this service, although social distancing should be practiced where possible and face coverings remain compulsory as they do on all bus services.

Students with any valid bus pass can use this service. SMART passes are recommended as they can also be used on all local bus services within the operating boundary.

This service calls at all bus stops on the section of route (service 22) between Foley Road/Heathcote Road to New Inn Lane and then runs express between New Inn Lane (stop by Bankhouse Road) and Leek Road (Sixth Form College). Between Sixth Form College and City Centre Bus Station, service calls at College Road (Stoke-on-Trent College) only.

What our Students Say

“The bursary is helpful and is something that keeps this college going.”

“I just want to say that the college bursary is very helpful to me and has given me the chance to attend college and achieve a better education. Thanks for everything.”

“The process was quick and the travel support we received meant my son was able to attend the college of his choice. Fantastic!.”

“The bursary really helps me with my everyday life at college.”

“The college bursary is actually a great thing to be doing at the moment. I am finding it a lot easier because I am receiving the bursary.”

“It helped us as a family so my daughter could attend the course she wanted without any worries.”


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions: