Post 16 Transport



Beyond the end of Year 11, Cornwall Council does not have a statutory duty to provide home to school/college transport free of charge for students aged 16 to 19.  However, in order to promote access to education and opportunities for all young people in the county, Cornwall Council provides subsidised transport for students aged between 16 and 19 to access Post 16 education at a school sixth form, further education establishment or Local Authority commissioned learning provider.

Post 16 transport September 2018

Information and applications for students that will be attending a sixth form or college in September 2018 will be available on the website from the 1 June 2018. Applications can not be processed before this date.

Am I eligible?

The eligibility criteria for subsidised transport for 16-19 year olds is set out within Section (2) of Cornwall's Post-16 Transport Policy 2017/18.

Please note, there is a separate policy for young adults aged 19-25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

What is provided?

Subsidised transport is provided by the most cost-effective suitable method, which may include a bus or train pass, specialist transport - e.g. taxi (exceptional circumstances only), or a fuel allowance (again, in exceptional circumstances only).

How much does it cost?

The full amount for 2017/18 academic year will be £398.  This amount can be paid in full or in termly instalments.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is provided by the Government to support the most financially disadvantaged 16-19 year olds with the cost of staying in education or training.  Schools and colleges determine their own assessment criteria for eligibility for discretionary bursaries.  This may include paying part or all of the cost of transport provided by the Council under this policy. This fund is administered by schools, colleges and other establishments – not the local authority.  For more information please contact your chosen establishment or college or visit

How do I apply?

Post 16 Transport Application form

You will need to submit your application by Friday 28 July 2017 and make at least your first term's payment by 4 August 2017 in order for transport to be provided from the start of term.

If the 28 July deadline is missed, applications received between 29 July 2017 and 31 August 2017 will not be considered until all on-time applications have been processed.  Payment for at least the first term will need to be made by 1 September 2017 in order for transport to start by Monday 26 September 2017. Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from school/college in the meantime.

If this further deadline is missed, applications received from 01 September 2017 will not be considered until all other applications have been processed. Whilst these applications will be considered as quickly as possible, we cannot guarantee a set transport start date. Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from school/college in the meantime.

Cornwall College - Please note that students attending Cornwall College (any campus) should apply directly to the College's transport department ( rather than to Cornwall Council.

Truro and Penwith College - Alongside Cornwall's Post-16 Transport scheme, Truro and Penwith College runs its own bus pass scheme in conjunction with First Devon and Cornwall Ltd.  The Truro and Penwith College Bus Pass can also be used on evenings, weekends and holidays after 9am for any First Service in Cornwall.  The scheme is open to all Truro and Penwith College students.  Further details and information on how to apply, are available at or by calling, or from Truro College on 01872 267003 or Penwith College on 01736 335165.

How do I make a payment online?

Payments can be made via the Post-16 Transport Application Portal

Please remember to quote your Application Reference (101003261837) when making payment.

The cost of subsidised transport is £398 for 2017/18 academic year – you can either pay this in full or for each term in advance.  If you are, or think you may be, eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, you will need to apply for this via your child’s school/college.  We strongly recommend that you begin this process as soon as possible as you will need to pay at least the first term’s payment (£150) by Friday 4 August 2017, regardless of whether or not you have received any bursary funding by this date.

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