With the reduction of EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance), Eastleigh College has recognised a need for students to be supported with travel costs to enable them to access the further education of their choice. As a result, a new Travel Bursary has been developed, and will be available to students who live more than 3 miles from the College, as the crow flies.
The bursary is open to students between 16-18 who are on a full-time course and will be worth between £50- £100 a year depending on the distance they have to travel to college.
A report last year revealed 50% of colleges in the UK have experienced a drop in student numbers since the £30 a week EMA grant was axed by the Lib Dem led coalition, while a recent study by young peoples charity Barnardo’s discovered real hardship among some students with some skipping meals in order to be able to afford rising college travel costs.
For details of the Travel Bursary and the full-time vocational courses on offer at Eastleigh College, please call 023 8091 1228 or visit www.eastleigh.ac.uk.