Before you consider applying to Norfolk County Council's Post16 Travel Scheme, it is worth checking with your local bus operator about buying your travel pass direct from them as this will probably be cheaper and more flexible. Check discounts offered by bus and train operators for a summary of discounts available. However, this information is not exhaustive, so do check with any local operators not listed to see what they offer.
Only apply to Norfolk County Council if:
- you cannot get a pass from the operator for less than £564 per year, or
- your family is receiving one of the qualifying low income benefits and you cannot get a pass from the operator for less than £423 per year, or
- you cannot afford to pay the pass in full and the operator does not offer instalment payments.
The standard yearly contribution that you will make towards your transport costs in 2021/22 is £564. If you are from a family on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits, you can apply for a reduction, so you would pay £423 for the year. You can also pay in termly or half-termly instalments and there is a daily fare pass too.
We currently do not have the parental contribution costs for the academic year 2022/23. Applications for the next academic year will be available from Easter 2022.
Norfolk County Council provides help for many students to get reduced price travel passes for bus or train journeys to sixth form, sixth form college and college. Post16 students can use a daily fare pass on some routes to pay in cash every day. The standard charge per day is £3.20. If you're receiving a qualifying benefit you'll pay £2.70 per day. You can also apply for a cycle allowance instead of a travel pass.
To qualify you must:
- live in Norfolk, at least three miles from the sixth form or college (measured by the nearest walking route as determined by the council)
- be studying full-time (more than 540 hours per year, approximately 14 hours per week)
- be under 19 on 1 September in the year in which the course starts, or 25 years for those with special educational needs (SEN) (transport will be provided up to the end of the course year in which the student reaches 19 or 25)
- be travelling on a core route determined by Norfolk County Council
More information, including information on core routes, is available from the County Council's Post16 Travel Scheme website or by calling 0344 800 8020
This scheme doesn't apply if you are on an apprenticeship or a higher education course such as a degree.
Transport support is only provided for standard academic terms and at the official start and end of a standard college/sixth form day. It also does not include weekend or evening provision.
If you do intend to travel at other times it may be more cost-effective to buy pre-paid tickets issued directly by your local bus or train operator if they offer a 16-19 discount.
If a child or young person has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) there is no need to apply for travel assistance as the Travel Independence Training Team (TITAN) are already assessing who is entitled to travel assistance.