Transport assistance for students aged 16 – 19

Spring term renewals will be sent out shortly – the deadline to reapply is Friday 14th December

Apply for transport

Please ensure you read the information document before completing and submitting the form.

Applicants must be aged under 19 on 31st August before the course starts to qualify for transport assistance.

If you are applying for a direct travel payment you must also;

  • Be attending the nearest Local Authority maintained school, foundation school, academy or maintained college offering the chosen course (if applying for a direct travel payment);
  • Be studying a full time course (at least 540 guided learning hours per year)
  • Be more than 2 miles away from the nearest pick up point / bus stop

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 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.

If you are applying for a direct travel payment, you will not qualify for assistance if;

  • You are on a part time course of less than 540 guided learning hours per year;
  • There is a closer school / college offering the chosen course
  • You live less than 2 miles away from the nearest pick up point / bus stop

Applicants will be allocated to services based on the categories below.

The categories are listed in order of priority (highest first):

Category 1 – Students who have travelled on the service they are requesting in the previous academic year.
Category 2 – Warwickshire residents who have not previously travelled on the service requested, or who are asking for a different bus service to the one travelled on in the previous academic term
Category 3 – Non-Warwickshire residents who have not previously travelled on the service requested, or who are asking for a different bus service to the one travelled on in the previous academic term


The deadline for applications to be submitted is Friday 13th July. However, we strongly advise that you return your application as soon as possible to ensure that you have the best chance of securing a seat on the vehicle. Any applications received after the deadline are not guaranteed to be processed in time for the start of the autumn term.

If your application requires a photo, please ensure this is included with your application. If you do not include a photo, your application will be considered incomplete and will be delayed until this is received. This could result in spaces no longer being available on your chosen service or your application being placed lower on the waiting list for seats.

If you have received a letter concerning services 301, 302, 303 & 304, please wait for your email containing further instructions on how to apply from Monday 4th June onwards.

We will write to you when a space is confirmed to request payment, a one week deadline date will be given. If no payment is received by the given deadline then your seat will be released.

If you are going on holiday please ensure payment is submitted with your application form. If we cannot contact you whilst you are away, your application will not be processed and this could result in spaces no longer being available on your chosen service.

How much does it cost?

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

For the 2018/19 Academic Year

For those who pay full rate:For those who pay reduced* rate:
£780 Annual£390 Annual
£260 Term£130 Term
£97.50 Standing Order Monthly£48.75 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 and 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 and 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.

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.

Please note: Without a valid bus pass your child will not be able to travel

Commercial operators

OperatorContact details
Stagecoach01604 676060
Arriva0844 800 4411
National Express West Midlands
(formerly Travel West Midlands)
0121 254 6363
Catteralls01926 813840
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.

Transport Policy Statement 2016 (PDF, 124.72 KB)

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 December 7, 2018.