Finance & Transport

Financial Support & Transport Information


Financial Assistance:

Financial assistance is available to help you with course fees based on providing evidence of means tested benefits for low income. For further information, contact the college information service team for course fee advise on the following email


College Bursary Fund:

The college can provide support against financial barriers to education which can include provision of:

  • College meals
  • Travel
  • Kits, books and essential course equipment
  • Childcare whilst you are studying at college

What makes some eligible:

  • Anyone aged 16 or above up can apply
  • Household Income must be below £29,250 annually – this includes salaries and benefits received from anyone aged 18 or above who lives with the student, including the student.
  • A full assessment of household income is required to assess financial needs which evidences financial needs of student are not being met.
  • Students do not receive an automatic entitlement to the college bursary fund based on any individual circumstances i.e. disability, diagnosis, or receipt of benefits - household income must be provided

How to apply: 

  • Take photos of all household income and student bank account details and email it to the team to access your application, email address:
  • From July 2021 onwards - Take photos of evidence & bank account details an upload online on student forms page: - use student Oaklands email address & password once you have accepted your course offer
  • Take the evidence down to the college Student Advice Hub for a member of the team to process - during college term times.


Transport and planning your journey 

Planning your journey: 

  • Please research your possible route into college to find out the most efficient and cost-effective route option for you from home to the college campus you will be studying at, use this helpful website to find out: 
  • For all bus and rail information in Hertfordshire visit the website below to see timetables, maps and journey planning services:
  • You can also use to sort out your journey by train or bus from home to college. You can phone them on: 0871 200 2233


  • Hertfordshire SaverCard - For more information, please contact Herts, County Council on: 0300 123 4050
  • Hertfordshire Student TrainCard - You can buy this special pass from Herts County Council by phoning: 0300 123 4043
  • Herts Saver Card – Half price bus travel for 11-19-years old. You can apply for the saver card regardless of bursary as it is a separate scheme not run, funded or owned by Oaklands. If you apply for bursary and it is awarded, and you can claim back an amount for the saver card. Apply for a card through this link:
  • 16-17 Rail Saver Card - If you are aged 16-17 you can receive 30% off train journeys through the Rail Saver Card scheme by visiting for details. If you are eligible for the college bursary fund the college can support you with the cost of this saver card.
  • Arriva Bus – if travel by the Arriva buses to get to college you can review the timetable and routes through their website: . If you qualify for the college bursary fund we can support you with providing monthly travel money to support you with the purchase of you monthly ticket.
  • UNO Bus pass – as a college student you will be able to get on an Uno bus for a discounted rate when you show your Student ID badge for either £1.10 or £2.20 based on the Uno bus zone network. Visit the Oaklands college Uno bus website for more info on the route and journeys view the Uno Bus Herts Network Map with Oaklands Zones here.
  • Young Persons Railcard - For more information or to buy online, visit:
  • Oyster Card - If you are travelling from Inner London, you can apply for an Oyster Card. Find out more by logging on to:

Travel Information & College Bursary Info

Public Transport Options - Welwyn

Public Transport Options - St Albans