On a low income
There are additional rights to transport eligibility if you're on a low income. You can apply for free school or college transport for an 11 to 16 year old if you’re getting either of these:
- free school meals
- maximum Working Tax Credit
And if the school is:
- 1 of the 3 nearest qualifying schools which is more than 2 miles but less than 6 miles from home (schools less than 2 miles are assessed for the nearest schools)
- the nearest preferred faith school, based on your parents' religion or faith, which is more than 2 miles but less than 15 miles from home (you’ll need to provide evidence of your faith e.g. a minister’s letter)
How to apply
You will need to contact us and provide proof that you are eligible.
What you need as proof
Working Tax Credit
You’ll need to send a copy of your Tax Credit Award Notice Form TC602(A). If you haven’t received your renewal notice, you should still apply and send the notice when you get it. If on Universal Credit, your detailed Universal Credit Statement.
Free school meals
You don’t need to send proof of free school meals but you will need to tell us so that we can check. You may also be asked to provide the surname, date of birth and National Insurance number of the person in receipt of the qualifying benefit in order to do this.
For further information, please see the Mainstream home to School / college transport policy 2020/21.