The council will provide free college travel to students with special educational needs if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • They are attending the nearest college that offers an appropriate course. An appropriate course is one that enables the student to meet his or her employment objectives or is specifically designed to meet the student's special educational needs
  • They had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan maintained by the Local Authority until the completion of their secondary education
  • They are under 25 years of age on 31 August prior to when they start their course
  • The distance between their home and the college/school with a sixth form is more than three miles

By applying for travel assistance, agreement is being given to have an assessment for Independent Travel Training.

Application forms must be completed by all relevant parties and returned to Transport Coordination Unit, Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY, including copies of any required evidence.

If you require an application form, please email the Transport Coordination Unit at