The Free College Meals programme will provide free food for Further Education students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

It's for students who are aged 16-18, or 19+ and have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Students will also need to prove they, or their parents/guardians, are in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • 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
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit. Universal Credit will have an income threshold (a maximum net earned income of £7,400).

Students, or their parents/guardians on their behalf, must make a successful application for free meals before they will be provided to the student.

For more details, please call 02392 328 947 or email