Transport to sixth form or college

We provide assistance with transport to sixth form or college to students who meet our eligibility criteria.

Do I qualify for assistance?

To qualify for assistance with transport to sixth form or college, the following applies:

  • You must be over 16 and under 19 on 1 September 2017 and live in North Yorkshire;
  • You must be attending the nearest sixth form or further education college to your home address or the sixth form of the secondary school which is recognised as the normal school for your home address;
  • The course attended must be full-time i.e. more than 12 hours a week;
  • The sixth form or college is the nearest establishment offering a course that we consider suitable to a student's career choice, or that is a pre-requisite for entry into higher education (see below for more details);
  • The sixth form or college is more than three miles from your home by the nearest walked route; and
  • You must have agreement from your parent or guardian to pay for the pass.

Transport assistance needs to be renewed annually and is not provided for students on apprenticeships or work placements.

Fees

View the contribution students must make towards their travel costs each year:

The cost for new starters and renewals is £490.

For families on low income, the cost for new starters and renewals is £245.

Definition of low income

Low income relates to students who are on free school meals or whose families receive the maximum level of working tax credits.

You will need to provide your direct debit details when applying online. Once we have determined that you meet the low income criteria we will reduce the fee and direct debits accordingly.

The qualifying benefits for free school meals are: 

  • income support;
  • income-based Jobseekers' allowance;
  • income-related employment and support allowance;
  • income-based and contributions-based JSA or ESA on an equal basis;
  • child tax credit, provided you are not entitled to working tax credit, and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190;
  • support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999;
  • guarantee element of state pension credit; or
  • universal credit - during the initial roll-out of the benefit.

It also applies to those students who are young parents on low income, who are on a means-tested benefit from the list above.

Working tax credits

You can also qualify for a reduction in the fee if your family receive the maximum level of working tax credits.

HM Revenue and Customs issue a 'Tax Credit Awards Notice' detailing the breakdown and amount of the award. If on Part 2 of the notice (How we work out your tax credits) under the "Working Tax Credits elements" there is any award amount (other than £0.00) on the 'Reduction due to your income' section, then you are not in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit. To be on the maximum level of Working Tax Credit your annual earned income must be less than £6,420, once this threshold is reached then reductions are made to the amount of Working Tax Credit you receive.

In order for us to be able to confirm this, please provide us with your latest proof of benefit or the full copy of the current tax year final (not provisional) award notice as soon as possible. It is important that we have a copy of all of the pages of the award notice.

Students do not have to pay the contribution towards their bus pass if they meet the exemption criteria.

Payment details will be taken when applying online. Once we have determined that you meet the exemption criteria, the fee will be waived.

Exemption criteria

Students do not have to pay the contribution towards their bus pass if one of the following applies:

Category Evidence required Fee

Students with a current:

  • education health care plan; or
  • statement of special needs.
None required - we will confirm this with the relevant team. No fee will be applied once this has been confirmed.
Young people looked after by North Yorkshire County Council i.e. in care. None required - we will confirm this with the relevant team. No fee will be applied once this has been confirmed.
Students receiving income support in their own right and who are living independently. You will need to provide a copy of your letter of benefit. No fee will be applied once the evidence is verified.
Registered young carer. A letter of support from the organisation involved or a contact name will be required. No fee will be applied once the evidence is verified.

You should attach copies of your evidence to your application.

Our transport assistance may not be the cheapest option. You should investigate public transport fares and speak to your sixth form or college before applying.

When to apply

You can apply for transport assistance at any time but you should submit your application before 31 July in order to receive your pass before the start of term. 

Apply and pay

Apply for transport assistance to sixth form or college and pay online by direct debit:

Apply online

We currently only accept payment online by direct debit. Payment details will be taken during application and you will be given the option to pay the full amount or by monthly direct debits. The first payment is taken in October, with the final payment taken in June. Payment instalments and dates will differ if you apply after September. Payment will only be taken if your application is successful and if the student is not exempt from paying.

Contact us if you wish to apply and pay by credit or debit card.

What happens after applying?

It may take up to four weeks to process your application and you will have to pay for your travel until you receive the pass. If your application is unsuccessful you will be advised within the same timescale.

Bus routes

Visit our timetable information page to check which buses serve your area and when.

Further information

Our preferred method for receiving applications is online, but if you are unable to apply online, you can apply by post.

Apply by post

To apply by post, you will need to print and manually complete the  post-16 travel assistance application form (pdf / 103 KB). You will be required to state your payment preference (Direct Debit, cheque or credit/debit card payment) on the application form and provide payment. Postal applications can take an extra five working days longer to process than online applications.

Please note, terms and conditions apply when applying for travel assistance to sixth form or college. See below for further details. By applying, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

Applications for transport support from students aged 16-18 with special educational needs are based on your individual circumstances.

To understand your transport needs exactly, we may ask you to send us a letter from your doctor. If you have previously had a statement of special educational needs, this will be carefully considered.

We will seek advice from our special educational needs team and may need to seek further supporting information e.g. from a designated medical officer. If this is the case, we will write to the appropriate health authority.

We will inform you as soon as possible of the result of your application. If we approve your application for special transport, this will be arranged by integrated passenger transport and they will write to you with details of these arrangements.

View more information about transport support for young people aged 19-25 with an education health and care plan.  

Claiming travel expenses for the use of your own transport is only available if there is no transport service in the area you live or if it is withdrawn.

In this case, we will only be able to offer you a mileage allowance and you would be expected to make your own travel arrangements. Our standard rate for a mileage allowance is 20p per mile and we will reimburse you for one return journey per day.

Students who are eligible will be issued with a bus pass, from the nearest available pick up point, allowing them to make journeys from home to sixth form or college and back at the beginning and end of the sixth form or college day.

Transport support will only be arranged to the main college/sixth form site. If your course is taught at different sites, you will need to discuss travel arrangements between sites with the college/sixth form. 

We allocate transport using the most cost-effective service available. This will often be one of our contracted school bus services. Such buses normally arrive and leave at the start and end of the designated school or college day in order to cater for all students. If your timetable ends early or late on a particular day you will not be provided with an alternative travel permit and it will be your responsibility to make arrangements for getting from sixth form or college on these occasions.

We are unable to allow passengers to specify their preferred route.

Pick up location

We expect students to make their own way to the nearest pick up point. If you live over one mile from the nearest pick up point, we may be able to offer you a mileage allowance to the pick up point.

The transport we provide is subject to change. If the bus service you access is no longer required for entitled students of statutory school age, the service will be withdrawn.

Two year courses

If you are on a two year course, you will need to re-apply next year in order to renew your bus pass. Please be aware that transport arrangements may change from the previous year's.

Changing courses after completing year one

If you are doing a different course, it will be classed as a new application and you may not qualify for assistance. This includes moving to the next level, for example if you have completed a Level 2 qualification and wish to go onto Level 3.

By law, young people must continue in education or training until their 18th birthday.

This does not mean that young people have to stay on at school. It means that they will need to continue to study or train in one of several ways:

  • Study full time in school, college or with a training provider;
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time study or training; or
  • An apprenticeship.

Although young people must now remain in education or training until they are 18, the government has not increased the age range of free transport available to eligible young people in line with this. Free transport is still only available to eligible children and young people up to age 16.

The 16-19 bursary fund is available to assist students who may need extra support to continue in education. Sixth forms and colleges manage this and you should contact them direct if you would like more information. Further information about the bursary fund is also available on GOV.UK.

Please note, by applying for transport assistance to sixth form or college, you are agreeing to have read, understood and that you will abide by our  Post 16 transport assistance - terms and conditions (pdf / 74 KB).

You can also  read our transport policy statement here (pdf / 436 KB).

If we are unable to approve your application for transport assistance we will write to you and let you know the reasons.

If you feel there are other circumstances or exceptional reasons that we need to be aware of, you can email us and this will be reviewed by a senior member of staff. You will then be notified of the decision and if we are still unable to provide transport assistance you can appeal against the final decision to an independent appeals panel.

Each case is considered individually by the appeals panel made up of four county council members. For further information please contact the transport team.

You can request a replacement bus pass online if your school or college bus pass has been damaged, lost or stolen. Find out how to request a replacement bus pass here.

If you no longer require your bus pass you must return it to us as soon as possible.

To cancel a paid bus pass, the pass or passes must be returned to us at the address below. We recommend that you use a recorded delivery service as proof of postage may be requested in the event that the pass is not received. You will remain responsible for the cost of the permit until the date we receive it.

Please note, you are unable to cancel transport assistance to sixth form or college after 1 April.

The address for returns and refund consideration is:

North Yorkshire County Council
FAO Integrated Passenger Transport
County Hall
Northallerton
DL7 8AH

We will only offer support with transport to an alternative establishment if your nearest sixth form or college does not offer a similar or comparable course.

Many courses are very similar, but not identical, in content. If your nearest sixth form or college offers a qualification that allows you to gain entry to a chosen university degree or chosen career you will not be given assistance with transport to an alternative school or college.

For example there are very similar courses in media, computing, sports or performing arts that might offer slightly different modules but which award a  BTEC Level 2 or BTEC Level 3 qualification at the end. In the same way as we do for A levels we look at information from UCAS on the entry level requirements for a university degree or job profiles for your chosen career.

We will consider providing transport assistance to sixth forms and colleges outside North Yorkshire if it is the nearest to your home address offering an appropriate course.

Please note, we are unable to assess your application for assistance with transport over the phone.

Contact details for the school transport team are available here.