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Who is eligible?

Who is eligible?

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) can apply:


If your son or daughter is in full-time education and if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:-   

  • Income Support;    
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;    
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit;   
  • Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of £16,190 or less;
  • Universal credit and have net household earnings not exceeding £14,000 per year.      


  • if you are an Asylum Seeker supported by the Home Office Asylum Support Assessment Team (ASAT); or    
  • if your child has a statement of special educational needs and is designated to require a special diet.    

Student(s) can apply:

  • If the course you are studying is a full-time course and you are receiving benefit in your own name.

For further information regarding Free School Meals / School Uniform / Physical Education Clothing Allowance, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.        


Free School Meals/School Uniform/Physical Education Clothing Allowance


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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