Student benefits and grants
Student loans and grants for further education
A government agency, Student Finance England, now deals with applications and queries about student loans or student grants for tuition fees and living costs, extra help, student loan repayments.
All enquiries should be made directly to Student Finance England, by calling 0845 3005 090 or visiting the Student Finance England website
Free school meals, school clothing grants and healthy meal allowance
Please complete the online form - Free school meals, school clothing grant and healthy meals allowance application form
Free school meals, clothing grants to help parents buy school uniforms are available for pupils whose parents or carers receive certain benefits. We are committed to building shared prosperity in the borough by providing your child with the best education and support opportunities.
Free school meals and school clothing grants are available to families who receive certain benefits, this entitles students to a free school lunch and money to contribute towards school uniforms.
Healthy meal allowance will be available from January 2020 to students in two secondary schools, Woodlane High School and Fulham Cross Academy. All students at these two schools will be offered a free school meal at lunchtime. You will need to fill in the registration form in order to receive the healthy meal allowance to ensure we include all students who are entitled to a centrally funded free school meal.
Schools also receive additional funding from the central government based on the number of students registered for free school meals (£1,320 per student for primary schools and £900per student for secondary schools). This money funds valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. We encourage all families who think they may be eligible to apply for these benefits.
Families may be eligible for free school meals and clothing grants if they receive the following benefits:
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
- income support
- income based jobseeker’s allowance
- income related employment and support allowance
- support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guarantee element of pension credit
- working tax credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit)
- child tax credit (with no working tax credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
To check if your child is eligible, we need information about you and your child.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, if you have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and have a household income of less than £31,500 per year, your child may temporarily qualify for free school meals if you are:
- A Zambrano carer
- Have the right to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights or are
- Receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and are subject to a NRPF condition
Applications for free school meals and clothing grants are taking longer than normal to process. We are very sorry about this and working hard to deal with all applications as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
Rates for clothing allowances
£31 for children aged 4 or 7 before 1 September of the current year
£79 for children aged 11 or 14 before 1 September.
Universal Credit transitional protection
Pupils currently receiving free school meals will continue to receive them while Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, pupils receiving free school meals but who no longer qualify for them because your earnings have risen above the new threshold will continue to receive them until the end of their current phase of education (primary or secondary).
Ways to contact us
020 8753 6681 - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
If you want to discuss the application with an officer you will need to book an appointment.
Post your forms to the address shown on the form.
Travel to school
Your child may be eligible for free school travel, up to and including year 11, where it is not possible for the journey from home to school to be completed by bus only, either because the journey would take too long or because it would involve more than two changes of bus.
See Travel to school for more information