Travel no barrier to education!

Eastleigh college students

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

Eastleigh College Travel Bursary

  4 comments for “Travel no barrier to education!

  1. maureen
    March 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Did you mean Lib-Dem led coalition?

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    March 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Lib Dem and Lib Dems not Lib-Dem please.

  3. Mrs J Barcelo
    March 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Is the travel allowance only to Eastleigh College? What about Barton Peveril and Southampton and Winchester based colleges? Some students travelling to academic rather than vocational sixth form colleges might have financial difficulty and a bursary would help them. Surely this allowance should be for all Eastleigh Borough students attending college.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 5, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Rising travel costs are a major headache and the evidence is young people are being disuaded from pursuing studies or from attending certain colleges.
      The government have replaced the £560 million EMA fund with £180 million for travel subsidies – it’s at the college’s discretion as to how the fund is disbursed but basically if you would qualify for free school meals you would qualify for this.
      If you think you might qualify enquire at the college.

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