To apply for a travel grant you must be:
- studying a course which is not available in a school, academy or college
- studying at a centre which is at least three miles from your home and within 1 hour and 15 minutes travel from home by public transport
- receiving free school meals or received free school meals in year 11 at school
- living in Harrow
How to apply
If you are applying for a student with an Educational Health Plan, please complete the SEN Travel Assistance application form.
You must apply at the end of the summer term to be considered for a grant for the whole of the school year. Applications after the start of term will be considered, but if you are awarded a grant it will only cover the period starting from the date you applied.
Backdating your application
Awards for travel assistance will not be backdated and applications for previous terms will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. The grant will normally be paid from the term when the application was made to the end of the school year.
How is the grant paid?
The grant is paid by BACS to the parent/guardian receiving the support payment each term. It covers the costs of each term’s travel, at the most economical rate. However payment depends on the student having a good attendance record at school, which will be monitored regularly. You will be required to provide proof at the end of each school term that you have purchased a valid travel pass. This can be an original receipt for your purchase. Failure to do so may result in future payments being delayed.
What shall I do if my circumstances change?
Your entitlement to school travel assistance will continue while you are in receipt of the relevant benefits. You must inform Pupil Support within 21 days if your circumstances change, such as:
- your child changes school
- a change of address
- you stop receiving benefits
For more information see the transport policy statement for students aged 16-19.