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Free School Meals - help with the cost of education


Children of families receiving certain benefits could be entitled to free school meals and other education benefits. 16-18 year olds receiving these benefits in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.

If your family lives in Hertfordshire and has a low income, you may be able to get help with the cost of full-time education for your child.

You may be able to get:

  • Free school meals.
  • Help with travel costs.
  • Help with music fees (full remission of music tuition costs).
  • Help with cycle training.

Find out how to apply here. 
Information about free early education for two year olds.

Financial help

The following table shows what financial help you can get depending on what benefits you receive.
Ed Bens Matrix


Free School Meals can be backdated to the date we received your most recent application - so if you have been paying for school meals whilst waiting for your application to be processed, you may be entitled to a refund of the costs of those meals. Decisions for charges and refunds are the responsibility of the school and are not overseen by local authorities. Further information can usually be found on the school's website or you can contact the school directly.