Post-16 school/college travel assistance

Nottinghamshire County Council runs a travel scheme to enable all post-16 students to access education. 

Students should consider what local transport services and ticketing/fare schemes are available before applying to join. Use our journey planner to help plan a route and get information about public transport services.

Post-16 travel assistance scheme 2018/19

Who can join?

To join the scheme a student must be:

  • a Nottinghamshire County resident (excludes students resident in Nottingham City)
  • attending a full time course (a minimum of 540 guided learning hours per year) at a school, College of Further Education or Independent Specialist Provider that is funded by the Education Funding Agency (the scheme does not apply to Higher Education courses or Universities)
  • over compulsory school age but under 19 years of age on 1 September 2018, or continuing to attend a course begun before the student was 19 until it is completed or until the end of the academic year in which the student reaches 25 years of age, whichever is sooner
    aged between 19 and 24 on 1 September 2018 and have undergone a statutory assessment of need, i.e. Education Health and Care Plan.

The three mile distance criterion will be waived for students who have been assessed by the county council as having a special transport need.

There are some further entitlements and additional benefits available for pupils with a disability or special educational needs.

What assistance is available?

The Council will make every effort to provide the necessary transport services but cannot guarantee to do so and will identify the most appropriate and cost effective transport service for each student. The arrangement may not offer choice of operator, route or service except where these are available and there is no extra cost to the Council.

Students may apply for one of the following types of travel assistance:

A Half Fare Pass 

This costs £120 per academic year and entitles the student to travel at half the adult fare on a bus or train service to their school or college (currently not available on the tram). Full payment is required on application. The travel pass may be used on the specified bus services only, for one journey to and from school or college each day started before 10pm, Monday to Friday during term time.

A Season Pass

This is available to students travelling on specific school bus services and other services arranged by Nottinghamshire County Council. This will allow the student to travel between home and school/college without having to pay a daily fare. The travel pass can only be used on the specific bus service for one journey to and from school/college each day, started before 10pm, Monday to Friday during term time. If you indicate on the application form that you would like a season pass, a price quote will be sent to you. The price is calculated on half the adult fare plus the £120 charge. Students who purchase this pass may then travel without further daily payment on the specified service. You may pay for the season pass in full or by instalments as follows:

  • initial payment to be made when you accept the quote
  • 2nd instalment by 1 December 2018
  • 3rd instalment by 1 March 2019.

Travel Allowance

Up to a maximum of £150 per academic year may be offered in exceptional circumstances instead of a half fare travel or season pass. This may be where no public transport or other services provided by the Council exist or where the school or college is outside the Nottinghamshire boundary. Assistance will be limited to a maximum of 25 miles travelling distance and 75 minutes travelling time. All travel allowances are paid termly in arrears and attendance must be certified by the school or college. Students sharing the same vehicle will be paid half the travel allowance each. Late applications made after the start of the academic year will result in a reduction in the amount of grant available.


Full conditions of the scheme and details of how to apply are included in the Post-16 Travel Scheme booklet. Please ensure you have read these documents before completing an application form:

Applications are assessed by officers of the Council’s Transport and Travel Services Group. 


Once you have applied for assistance the Travel & Transport team will write to you with the outcome.  If you have applied for a half fare pass or a season pass the letter will include a quote to pay before the bus pass will be issued to you. 

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