Transport assistance for students aged 16 – 19

Do not wait until you receive your GCSE results to apply.

If you know which establishment you hope to attend, apply immediately. Payments will be refunded in full if your plans change.

Apply for transport

To qualify for transport assistance, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be aged under 19 on 31st August before the course starts;
  • Be attending the nearest Local Authority maintained school, foundation school, academy or maintained college offering the chosen course;
  • Be studying a full time course (at least 540 guided learning hours per year).
  • Please be aware that all seats are allocated on a first-come first-served basis and students are not guaranteed a place.

    If any of the following apply you will not qualify for assistance:

  • You are applying for Higher Education courses for which you may apply for a mandatory grant;
  • You are on a part time course of less than 540 guided learning hours per year;
  • You are 19 years of age or older on 1st September at the start of your course;
  • You have not paid the annual or termly charge, or agreed to pay by standing order;
  • You are in full time employment or on an equivalent training scheme.
  • There is a closer school / college offering the chosen course
  • How much does it cost?

    Please note that these prices will increase each year in line with the Council’s inflation rate;

    For the 2016/17 Academic Year

    For those who pay full rate:

    • £750 Annual
    • £280 Autumn
    • £280 Spring
    • £190 Summer
    • £93.75 Standing Order Monthly

    For those who pay reduced* rate:

    • £375 Annual
    • £140 Autumn
    • £140 Spring
    • £95 Summer
    • £46.88 Standing Order Monthly

    For the 2017/18 Academic Year

    For those who pay full rate:

    • £765 Annual
    • £285 Autumn
    • £285 Spring
    • £195 Summer
    • £95.63 Standing Order Monthly

    For those who pay reduced* rate:

    • £382.50 Annual
    • £142.50 Autumn
    • £142.50 Spring
    • £97.50 Summer
    • £47.81 Standing Order Monthly

    *In order to qualify for the reduced rate, families need to be in receipt of at least one of the following benefits; Income Support, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (or equal based Income-based & Contribution based JSA), The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit, The Maximum Level of Working Tax Credit, Employment and Support Allowance (Income-related, or equal based Income-based & Contribution based ESA), Child Tax Credit (below the relevant threshold of £16,190), Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or Universal Credit. Proof should be submitted with your application form.

    Travel arrangements

    We run a network of vehicles to help students get to schools and colleges.

    It is possible for students over the age of 16 to buy a pass to travel on these vehicles.

    View our timetables

    These passes are only valid for one return journey per day at the times stated on the timetable.

    You cannot collect your pass in person, and you must apply using the form found to the right of this page. You must sent the completed form to the postal address on the application form.

    Commercial busses that serve school sixth forms and colleges are also available .

    To buy tickets to travel on these services, contact the operators . You can find contact details for these operators below.

    Operators provide a variety of different passes ranging from weekly to annual. Some companies offer complete flexibility to travel at any time of the day, often including weekends and holidays. The operator concerned will be able to give you exact details of the options available.

    Commercial operators

    OperatorContact details
    Stagecoach01604 676060
    Arriva0844 800 4411
    National Express West Midlands
    (formerly Travel West Midlands)
    0121 254 6363
    Catteralls01926 813840
    Central Buses0121 3563487
    Travel De Courcey02476 302656
    Diamond Buses01527 62973
    Johnsons01564 797070

    If you are planning to study at Warwickshire College, please visit their web page for information about their bus routes.

    If you need help in planning your journey or are still unsure as to who you should apply to for transport, please contact us.

    Transport Policy Statement – 2016/17

    Local authorities have a duty to prepare and publish an annual transport policy statement for learners of sixth form age. The statement must specify the arrangements for the provision of transport or otherwise that the authority considers necessary to facilitate the attendance of all persons of this age receiving education or training.

    Warwickshire’s final Transport Policy Statement for 2016/17 can be found here.

    Raising the participation age (RPA)

    The Government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training – until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from summer 2013 and until their 18th birthday from summer 2015. Raising the Participation Age (RPA) does not mean that young people must stay in school and they will be able to participate through three options.

    • Full-time education – whether at a school, college or otherwise.
    • Work based learning such as an apprenticeship.
    • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week.

    Free transport will not be available to young people over the age of 16 continuing in education or training but Warwickshire is well served by a public transport network and the Council also provides a number of dedicated services to schools and colleges.

    Travel allowances

    If a suitable Warwickshire County Council or public transport does not operate near to a your home, an annual travel allowance of £110 (or £220 if the student is from a low-income family) is available.

    In order to qualify:

    • you need to be attending the nearest school sixth form, college, or other training provider to home which offers the course studied;
    • the distance from home to the nearest bus-stop / pick-up point needs to be more than two miles.

    You can spend the allowance in whatever way best meets your transport needs. We recommend sustainable solutions such as cycle purchase / training.

    Travel on commercial service and Warwickshire County Council service for the same journey

    If your journey to college means that you need to travel on a commercial service and a Warwickshire County Council service then you should apply to Warwickshire County Council and we will arrange to supply you with the necessary passes. You will need to pay Warwickshire County Council.

    General queries regarding policy and applications

    Education Transport
    People Group
    Saltisford Office Park
    Ansell Way
    CV34 4UL

    Telephone 01926 412929


    Queries regarding routes and the payment of travel allowances

    Transport Operations
    Communities Group
    PO Box 43
    Shire Hall
    CV34 4SX

    Telephone 01926 412929 for information on routes

    Telephone 01926 412134 for queries regarding the payment of travel allowances


    Warwickshire College Financial Support Arrangements

    Students attending Warwickshire College may be entitled to up to 100 % support towards transport costs subject to eligibility criteria being met. Further Information is available from the Warwickshire College Website

    All enquiries should be directed to Warwickshire College Student Services on 01926 318049 or Email

    More information can be found on the following page:

    Further education and sixth form colleges in Warwickshire

    Transport assistance for students aged 16 – 19 was last updated on February 7, 2017.