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Grants for Students

Free School Meals

Children and young people attending school on a full-time basis may be entitled to receive free school meals.

Who qualifies for free school meals? Children whose parents/carers receive support payments may be entitled to receive free school meals in schools maintained by the council. These include

  • Income Support;
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance;
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190;
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit; and/or
  • Universal Credit

How do I apply for Free School Meals or a Pupil Development Grant?

Monmouthshire County Council no longer deal with free school meals and the clothing grant. If you are a parent whose child is in current year 6 please make enquiries to Torfaen, telephone number  01495 742291.  The web page for Torfaen is:

Please note: You will no longer need to provide supporting documentation to verify your benefit entitlement. Parent(s)/carer(s) will need to complete all sections of the application and we will verify your benefit entitlement with the Department for Education and Welsh Government database.

How soon will I hear? We are able to process applications received during the academic year within five to ten working days. If you are entitled to free school meals you will receive a letter confirming the date from which you will be able to claim free school meals. Schools will be notified by us that your child is eligible for a school meal free of charge.

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is financial support for post-16 pupils who wish to continue full time education in Wales. Application forms and advice is available from Mr S Bryant, Post-16 Pathway Leader, or directly from the Student Finance Wales website:

Travel assistance

Students who are over the age 16 may be able to get help with their travel costs. For more information please email our transport team at [email protected]

Other grants available

As well as the further education grants, there are extra grants available. These are

  • Disabled students allowance, you can apply for help with extra costs you have to pay in following your course if you have a disability or specific learning difficulty;
  • Special support grant is a grant for students who may be eligible to receive certain means tested benefits such as income support and housing benefit. The grant is similar to the Assembly Learning Grant and does not usually have to be paid back. If you leave your course early you may have to repay some of the grant;
  • Parents learning allowance, this is an additional grant to help with course related costs where you have independent children;
  • Adult dependants grant, you may be entitled to help if you have an adult in your household who depends on you financially;
  • Childcare grant, this grant helps towards the cost of childcare for a student studying full or part time, (the LEA will only pay up to 85% of the weekly cost, £161.50 for one child and for two or more children the maximum grant is £274.55 a week (85% of actual childcare cost of up to £323 a week).

Grant applications can be completed online through the PN1 or PR1 forms. Childcare grant applications can be printed online or requested from the local education authority. Please contact the relevant department via [email protected]