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Financial Support for Students Aged 16-18


We offer a number of different support options for 16-18 year old students, including a bursary fund, 16-18 travel pass, and Care to Learn.

Financial Assistance 2022/2023

If you are aged 16 – 18  (age taken as of 31st August 2022), you may be eligible for financial assistance towards the costs of your studies where you can evidence that you have a household income of less than £35,000pa (net income).

Applying online is quick and easy and you do not need to be enrolled to start your application.  Simply follow the ‘Guide to Applying’ and provide the requested evidence.  Please ensure you provide all the evidence requested as failure to do so will delay your application being processed.

When completing your online application, please remember the following.

  • You must have an up-to-date email address recorded on college records, without this, you will not receive your activation email.  Please check with Student Services @ DCInfoCentre@don.ac.uk if you are unsure what email address is held on college records for you.
  • When entering your student ID number, only enter the digits not the ‘DC’ or the ‘DC00’ prefix.
  • If you have registered for financial assistance previously, you do not need to register again, you just need to login using your previous login details.  If you have forgotten your password for your login, click on the ‘Forgotten password’ link and follow the instructions.

Apply Online

To apply for financial assistance online, please visit the following link:

Financial Assistance Application Link

Please note: If you are a Higher Education student, please do not complete this online application, and instead refer to our Higher Education Financial Assistance page.

Guide to Applying

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If you have any questions/queries regarding the Financial Assistance Application, please email FinancialAssist@don.ac.uk.

Travel Payment Schedule 2022/2023

Travel Payment Schedule 2022/2023′ 

16-18 Travel Pass

The 16-18 Travel Pass entitles pass holders to concessionary travel which is currently 80p per journey on all buses & trams in South Yorkshire and half fare on Northern trains. It also allows the holder to access other money saving tickets that may be available from their local service provider.

Students can apply for a 16-18 Travel Pass where they meet the following criteria:

  • They live in South Yorkshire and the household pays Council Tax to Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield
  • Are aged between 16 and 18 (full age criteria is shown at https://travelsouthyorkshire.com/1618/)

For full guidance on the 16-18 Travel Pass and details on how to apply for this pass, please visit https://travelsouthyorkshire.com/1618/

Care to Learn

Where students are aged under 20 on the start date of their programme and they require childcare support, this is provided through Care to Learn.

Students are encouraged to apply early for this support to ensure that support is received from the start date of the students study programme (Care to Learn will only pay childcare costs from the start date of a student’s programme where they apply within 28 days of their programme start date).

In addition to the above, applications must be made for each year that the student wishes to claim childcare support for.

Care to Learn is applied for online via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn

If you are unsure about what support you might be eligible to apply for or you have any questions with regards to the application process, we ask that at this current time, all enquiries are made to the Financial Support Team via email:

FinancialAssist@don.ac.uk