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Bus services are the most popular form of transport to and from College. New services are frequent, timely and many buses now come with free wi-fi and charging points. Travel bursaries are available to support students with payment towards a bus pass.


bus pass and ticket information

The College works in partnership with Cornwall Council and Sustrans to promote active and sustainable travel and for many students bus travel remains the most popular choice.

Truro and Penwith College students travel on an enhanced public bus service that includes more services and more direct routes straight to our campuses making it easier for students to arrive at college later or leave earlier if their timetable allows.

All transport to college bus passes are purchased via the First Bus Travel App and honoured by First Bus & Transport for Cornwall, so can be used on all services regardless of the operator. These include Go Cornwall Bus, Cornwall by Kernow (First), OTS and Hopleys.

*Public bus networks are subject to change. Please check carefully before you purchase your pass/tickets.

further funding, 19+ loan and bursary information

our new 16-18 student travel bursary

We understand that many students travel a long distance to college and that the costs of travel are high. The College can help most students with the costs of travel.

Any learner eligible for financial support through the travel bursary will be issued with a First Kernow bus pass. Please note that this pass will be honoured by Transport for Cornwall, so can be used on all services regardlessof operator.

Your bursary application will be based on information provided, together with evidence of household income which should accompany your application.

Termly instalments are due before 1 September, 3 January and 17 April. Instalments not paid by the start of each term may be cancelled and a repurchase may be necessary.

student travel bursary rates

A. Families with an annual household income up to £21k will pay an annual fee of £50* towards their bus pass.

B. Families with an annual household income between £21k and £31k will pay an annual fee of £100* towards their bus pass

C. Families with an annual household income between £31k and £70k will pay an annual fee of of £250* towards their bus pass

*on application and dependent upon a minimum of 90% attendance each term for help in the following term).

Students from families with household incomes exceeding £70k are not eligible for government bursary support and should purchase tickets direct from the bus company at a cost of £45 per month.

applying for your bursary & bus pass

Step 1: Apply for a bursary by completing the relevant forms for your chosen college below. Guidance notes on completing your application are available for Truro College and Penwith College. Email completed forms with evidence of household income to:

Truro College: studentservices@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Penwith College: penwithstudentservices@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Once you have received approval of your bursary (usually within two weeks) proceed to Step 2 to purchase your bus pass. The portal for payments will open after GCSE Results Day each year.

Step 2: If you are a parent / carer paying on behalf of a student, visit College Portal (truro-penwith.ac.uk) and Create an External User Account. Once your Account is created (you should receive notification within 48-hours) proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: You can now make your bus pass payment via the College's payment portal to receive a unique code.

Step 4: This code should be used through the First Bus Travel smartphone App to receive your subsidised bus pass.

bus pass and transport bursary advice:

Truro College transport desk01872 305702

Penwith College transport desk01736 809407

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