Eligibility for transport assistance is set out in the Department of Education Circular 1996/41, (updated September 2009). The Circular states:-
“Where there is a college within statutory qualifying distance (3 miles) from a student's permanent home address and a student attends a more distant college, transport assistance will be provided only where the student has been unable to gain a place in any college within the statutory qualifying distance”
Where there is no college within statutory qualifying distance from a student's home, transport assistance will be granted provided there is EA or Public transport already available to or in the vicinity of the college attended. In cases where there is no transport available, transport assistance may be provided to the nearest college which offers the course.