Further Education Transport Applications

Online applications for Further Education College Transport for 2021/22 are now open.

Please note – the online application process for students to apply for transport assistance to College for September 2022 will be available in August and dates will be published in due course. 

All applications submitted will only be processed for this current academic year 2021-22.

If you or your child is attending a Further Education Course, transport will only be awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

  • The course followed is a full time course.
  • The course attended is at the closest Further Education College to the home address.
  • Transport assistance is not available for the incoming school session if the students 19th birthday is attained on or before 1st July.
  • The student is not eligible for student loan assessment.

Students applying to the Southern Regional Campuses should apply directly through their FE College.

Further Education College Transport Application

I previously attended a Special School and had a statement of special educational needs. Can I apply online if I am now attending a further education college?

Yes, you are required to complete an online application and as part of your application you can let us know if you previously had a statement and require alternative transport arrangements.  If you are attending SRC please apply directly through the college.

Am I eligible for transport assistance to my Further Education Course?

Transport will only be awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

  • The course followed is a Full-Time Course;
  • The course you are attending is your closest Further Education College;
  • Transport assistance is not available for the incoming school session if the students 19th birthday is attained on or before 1st July;
  • The student is not eligible for student loan assessment.

What if the course in my closest college is full and I have to attend a further away college?

If the course you are wanting to study is at full capacity in a closer college you may attend a further away college and provided all other criteria is met you may be entitled to transport assistance. In this instance should you have used the Eligibility Checker indicated the course is available within 3 miles of your home address please change to ‘No’ and continue the process.

If I do not meet the transport assistance criteria can I appeal?

Yes.  You may appeal on the grounds of exceptional circumstances.  To appeal the decision you can contact your local Transport Office on 02895 985959 or alternatively email your appeal into Transport-Appeals@eani.org.uk

For further details see our Transport Exceptional Circumstances Policy.

If I am eligible for transport assistance to my Further Education Course where is my nearest boarding point?

Translink ServicesQueries regarding boarding stages on Translink bus routes should be made to the local Translink depot.  You should contact the Translink Contact Centre at 028 9066 6630.  Please do not contact the Authority regarding Translink boarding stages as they will be unable to assist in this area.

Where the journey can be covered by more than one mode of public transport, the maximum assistance will be one sessional pass e.g. one Ulsterbus pass or one NIR pass, not both.  The Authority must consider public expenditure when deciding the most appropriate mode of transport.  If the journey at either end of the nearest boarding/alighting point exceeds the statutory distance the Authority will consider alternative provision.  It should be recognised that in such instances the Authority is unable to consider additional expenditure if there is/are suitable college/s closer to home and transport is available.

What do I do if I incur travel expenses before I receive my pass?

  1. EXPENSES PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF TRANSLINK PASS

Students who have incurred the cost of public service fares whilst awaiting their sessional pass during the months of September and October should make application for reimbursement from Translink as follows:-

  • Metro, Ulsterbus and NIR claims are submitted to Translink, Account Office, Milewater Road, Belfast.  A claim form can be obtained from your local Translink Depot.
  • Any claim for travel expenses must be submitted within 18 working days from the date of issue of the students travel pass.  Used tickets must be retained and submitted with relevant claim form;
  • No refunds from Translink will be accepted for tickets issued after 31 October.
  1. LATE APPLICATIONS – AFTER 31 OCTOBER

Students who make application for transport assistance after 31 October will not have their fares reimbursed unless there has been a delay on the part of the Authority or Translink in processing the application.  Tickets, in respect of these fares paid by the student should be retained and forwarded to the appropriate Local Office of the Authority for refund.

What happens if I lose my Translink pass?

If a student loses a Translink travel pass, to get a replacement pass the student needs to get an interim educational ticket from their college reception. They need to post the white component of the ticket to the Translink Pass Office, Floor 1, 22 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7LX - 028 9035 4074 with the appropriate fee determined by Translink.

I previously attended a Special School and had a statement of special educational needs. Can I apply online if I am now attending a further education college?

BEHAVIOUR
The Authority reserves the right to withdraw a student from transport arranged by the Authority, pending investigation, where a student has behaved in an unacceptable manner as outlined in the Authority’s booklet “Procedure for dealing with Behavioural Problems on Public and Education Authority Transport”

WEARING OF SEATBELTS
Students are required by law to wear seatbelts where fitted on all Transport Provision in accordance with seat-belt legislation. 

CCTV
CCTV cameras may be operational on vehicles used to transport students.  For further details see our Procedure for the Use of Closed Circuit Television on EA Buses.

FERRY TRAVEL
If travel is required on the Strangford Ferry or Rathlin Ferry this will automatically be processed for you as part of your application to allow for ferry travel.

Last updated: 02/03/2022