Free College Meals

canteenSmallFree school meals are available to Aquinas College students aged between 16 and 18 on 31st August 2017. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study period, whichever is sooner.

Students aged 19-24 who are subject to an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) and ESF students aged between 16 and 18 on 31st August 2017 are also entitled to a free school meal while attending college if they meet the eligibility criteria.


To be eligible for free school meals the student must be in receipt of or be living with parents who are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance (
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but not entitled to Working Tax Credit0 and have an annual gross income of no more than £16190 as assessed by HMRC.
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after the parent ceases to qualify for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit during the initial roll out of the benefit.

In order for a student to access the free school meals, a bursary application form must be completed and submitted. The bursary application form is available to download from the website.

Once a student is accepted onto the free school meals register they are entitled to £2.41 towards their meal for every day they are in college as part of their programme of study.

This can be spent in the canteen at the main counter or deli bar for breakfast or lunch, it is not available to spend at the coffee shop. It must be used in one transaction and payment is made by the student scanning their thumb at the till. Any spend over the £2.41 must be met by the student at the time of purchase.

We would encourage all our students to choose a healthy option for their meal