STUDENTS can get a pass of a different kind when they sign up to a course at a neighbouring college.
South Tyneside College is offering Sunderland students free travel to lectures through the Tyne and Wear Network One pass.
It can be used on any bus, the Metro and Shields ferry, day and night, seven days a week.
The pass, which is being offered free of charge by the college, can save 16 to 18-year-olds £573 a year.
Alexandra Richards, the college’s student services co-ordinator, said: “We hope that by introducing this new package of support that we are helping to remove the financial barriers that prevent post-16 learners from deciding to continue in education.
“In these difficult economic times, family finances are already under strain. Our package of support will help alleviate some of the pressure and allow young people the chance to gain a qualification which will improve their job prospects and earning potential in the future.”
Applications forms are now available at the college, where courses restart for the new academic year next month. Students will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the pass at any Nexus Travel Shop.
Students can apply for the travel pass and more information on enrolling for courses by visiting www.stc.ac.uk or by contacting Student Services on 427 3900.