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Financial Support: Meal Support

Meal Support

The Free College Meals (FCM) scheme and the Learner Support Fund Meals Support Scheme (worth up to £4.00 per day) is mainly available to students aged 16-18 on 31/08/2024.

However, students aged 19-24 are entitled to Free College Meals where they or their parents are in receipt of an eligible benefit or support, and,

  • They are a 19+ continuer (on the same course at the same level as they started in the academic year they turned 19), or
  • They are subject to an Education Health Care Plan

Eligible students will receive an allowance of £4.00 for each day that they are at college.  If you are attending either Lincoln College (Monks Road Campus) or Newark College you can access your allowance via your student ID card.    

You can use your Meal Allowance at any time throughout the day whilst our catering facilities are open e.g: 

  • to purchase breakfast, or
  • to purchase a main meal at lunchtime, or
  • to purchase a sandwich or Meal Deal
  • to purchase a sandwich or Meal Deal, or to purchase a drink or nutritional snack.

All meals can be served as take-away meaning you don’t have to eat in our catering facilities. If you wish to avoid busier times you could grab a sandwich deal in the morning.  You can also just use your allowance to purchase a drink if you prefer, so long as it is not a fizzy drink.

If you are attending a site without our cashless system you will be notified in your award email/letter how to access your entitlement.  

Eligible students attending work experience/placement or trip, can receive a payment of £4.00 per day on production of a completed placement form.

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you or your parents are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of more than £16,190, as assessed my HMRC)
  • Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit-Guarantee Credit
  • Support Under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31/8/2024 and received Free School Meals or Free College Meals at any time from 01/04/2018 you will automatically be eligible for FCM, if:

  • you provide a signed and dated letter on headed paper from the school or college you attended which confirms this, or
  • you live in either Lincolnshire (not North or North East Lincolnshire) or Nottinghamshire and either you or your parents provide written consent for the college to ask for confirmation of receipt of Free School Meals from either Lincolnshire County Council or Nottinghamshire County Council.
  • Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit but only where Total Income for the year 2024/2025 when added to your Tax Credit for the Period shown on your most recent HMRC Award Notice is below £40,000.
  • Contribution-Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Contribution-Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit (UC) but only where assessed annual net earnings when added to your Universal Credit monthly payments is below £40,000.
  • If you do not receive any of the benefits shown above you may qualify for help if your gross household income is less than £40,000.

To see if you are eligible for financial support please apply online through our online application portal.

To prevent your application being delayed please ensure you upload of all the requested financial information, these can be PDF's, photographs or screenshots. We will let you know by email/letter within 10 working days (15 days during Autumn Term) whether or not your application has been successful or if we need further evidence.

  • 1.
  • Once you have submitted this Application Form to the Financial Support Team you will be notified within 10 working days if any further information is required to support your application.
  • 2.
  • If any further information is required to support your application we will contact you by email and explain what additional information/evidence is required.
  • 3.
  • Your application for support will now be assessed to confirm your eligibility. You will be notified by email the outcome of your application within 10 working days (15 working days during Autumn Term 2024).

If your application is unsuccessful we will email you and let you know the reason why. If you believe the decision made not to support your application is incorrect you can appeal in writing to the Financial Support Team Leader, Student Services, Lincoln College, Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ

These Funds are made available through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and are not available to learners on Full Cost courses, Higher Education courses, waged Apprenticeships or any training undertaken. Other rules and regulations apply, including residency criteria.

Lincoln Opening Times

Monday - Thursday

8.30am - 4.30pm


8.30am - 4.00pm

Newark Opening Times

Monday - Thursday

8.30am - 4.30pm


8.30am - 4.00pm

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01522 876000 |  01636 680680






* The content of this website is not exhaustive and is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change at any time.  Throughout our site you will find links to external websites.  Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate and up to date, the Financial Support Team cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.