16+ Travel Card

Academic Year 2018/19 

The Kent 16+ Travel Card allows the holder unlimited bus travel in Kent (and on direct bus services crossing the county boundary, e.g. to Medway and East Sussex, where the card holder either boards or alights within the administrative boundary of Kent County Council [KCC]) including evenings, weekends and holidays. 

To be eligible for a Kent 16+ Travel Card Learners must be:

  • Resident in Kent (i.e. live in a household paying Council Tax to KCC, not Medway or any other authority)
  • Must be in school years 12 – 14
  • And be attending a KCC recognised learning provider. 

This year, the application and payment process for the Kent 16+ Travel Card is different from previous years in that payment will also be made direct to KCC at the time of making the application, usually on-line using a credit or debit card in the same way as students / parents currently do for the Young Person’s Travel Pass scheme. 

By taking the payment direct from the applicant, the Council has been able to offer parents the opportunity to split the full year cost of £400 by applying for two separate half year passes costing £200 each, valid from Terms 1 – 3 and Terms 4 – 6 respectively. Alternatively, students can still apply for the whole year in one go: 

Duration Cost

  • 1st Half Year Pass 01/09/2018 to 01/03/2019 £200
  • 2nd Half Year Pass 25/02/2019 to 31/08/2019 £200 
  • Full Year Pass 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2019 £400 

If later in the academic year the Pass is no longer required, KCC will refund part of the cost of the card as long as the pass is returned to them by Friday 24th May 2019.

The amount due to be refunded will be calculated based on the number of full academic terms remaining minus a £10 administration fee.

Passes returned to KCC unused or not collected before the start of the academic year can get a full refund minus the £10 fee.

A term is calculated as having a value of £66.67 based upon the £400 annual cost divided by the 6 school terms. For example, a pass returned to KCC for a refund during term 3 would have 3 full terms remaining and the refund due would be calculated as follows; £66.67 x 3 = £200.01 minus £10 = £190.01 TOTAL REFUND DUE. 

The summary table below applies: Passes returned in Term (between dates) : 



Refund Value Due Not collected or returned before the start of the year


Term 1 (3rd September 2018 and 19th October 2018)


Term 2 (22nd October 2018 and 19th December 2018


Term 3 (20th December 2018 and 15th February 2019)


Term 4 (18th February 2019 and 5th April 2019)


Term 5 (8th April 2019 and 24th May 2019)


Term 6 (No full terms remaining)



Applications to Kent County Council for the Kent 16+ Travel Card scheme have now opened. You need to complete your application to KCC by Friday 13th July 2018 to ensure that the pass can be collected from school on the first day of term. Any applications received by KCC after this date will be processed within 28 working days of KCC receiving them. However, applications can be made at any time of the year until 24 May 2019. Applications for second half year passes can be made from 19th November 2018 and should be received by KCC Public Transport by 4th January 2019 if students are to be sure of having their pass for the start of term 4. Be advised that applications do take up to 28 working days to process. KCC will not refund bus fares so you will have to cover the normal cost of travel whilst you wait for any pass. Please note that if you are requiring a travel card for Year 13 you will need to reapply for one. 

Applications can be made on line at: http://www.kent.gov.uk/post16travel. Applicants will need to have all of the student’s information (including details of the establishment that they are going to attend), a passport style photo in the appropriate format and a credit or debit card for payment. Alternatively print off an application form from the website and complete and return it with a passport photo and cheque or postal order (payable to Kent County Council) and send it to: Kent 16+ Travel card, Kent County Council, PO Box 441, Aylesford, ME6 9HJ. 

Financial Assistance Applications 

Maidstone Grammar School will consider providing financial support to their students for those households with an income of less than £23,000 per annum. For full details please see the MGS website for the 16-19 Bursary application form or contact the school Finance office directly. 

If you believe you are eligible for financial assistance and you are not able to cover the cost of the travel card in the first instance, you will need to complete both the 16+ Travel Card postal application form and the MGS 16-19 Bursary application form and send these to the MGS Finance office with a passport photo as soon as possible but by 6th July 2018 at the latest to ensure that the travel card is received for the start of the new academic year. If 16-19 Bursary assistance is approved, MGS will then send the travel card application and a payment from the 16-19 Bursary Fund to KCC. If 16-19 Bursary Funding is not approved you will be notified as soon as possible in order that you can make your own application and payment for the travel card directly to KCC. Please be aware that if the application for assistance is received in the Finance Office after 6th July 2018 the travel card will not be available for the first day of term. 

Please note that financial support from the 16-19 Bursary Fund is entirely at the discretion of Maidstone Grammar School. 

Passes will be sent to MGS for collection on the first day or term or as soon as the pass is ready, for applications received at other times of the year. 

Full details on the operation and Terms and Conditions of the Kent 16+ Travel Card is available on the KCC website as stated above. 

18 June 2018