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Course Fees

Coming to college may not cost you anything at all depending on your age and your financial situation. Read on and find out more …..

Please note that this information is for ‘home students’ only.

If you are an International Student, please contact City College International Office for details of fees and enrolment for courses.

Students 16 – 18 years
If you are under 19 on 31st August in the year you start your course and enrolling on a government funded course, you will NOT be required to pay tuition or exam fees. Depending on your course, you may have to pay some costs for materials and equipment. You will be advised of this when you come for interview or at enrolment. You may be able to get help towards any costs. See Financial Support.

Students 19 years and over
If you are aged 19 and over at 31st August in the year you start your course, you will be required to pay tuition and exam fees, but depending on your personal situation, you may not have to pay these fees.This is known as Fee Remission.

Fee Remission

If you are aged 19 and over, you may be able to get FREE tuition fees if you are in one of the following groups:

Level 2 Entitlement

For students aged 19 – 23 only. You must be studying for your first full Level 2 qualification e.g. NVQ Level 2, BTEC Level 2 /First Diploma. There is no upper age limit.

Level 3 Entitlement

For students aged 19 – 23 only. You must be studying for your first full Level 3 qualification e.g. 2 or more A Levels, BTEC Extended/National Diploma, Access to Higher Education, NVQ Level 3.

Benefit claimants

If you are unemployed, in receipt of one of the state benefits listed below and want to enter employment but need skills training to do so you can have your course fees waived at the discretion of the College.

  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) including partners where the claim is joint
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group.
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit

You will have to provide current evidence of your entitlement at the time of your enrolment (Original documents). If your course has extra costs e.g. equipment, materials etc… these will still be payable. You may be able to get some help towards these costs. See Financial Support

Full Cost Courses

A number of courses at City College are FULL COST or COST RECOVERY. This means that the college does not receive any government funding towards these courses. They are mainly courses which lead to specific professional or vocational qualifications. If it is a full cost course, you will NOT be able to get any fee remission or any financial assistance towards the course and you will have to pay the full costs yourself unless your employer is funding the course. If you are a home student, you may be able to take out a Career Development Loan to meet the costs of the course.

Higher Education Courses

These are full and part-time courses such as Degrees, Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas and some Initial Teacher Training courses. They are clearly listed in the Higher Education section of the City College website.

If you are on a Higher Education course the Student Finance England  package includes:

    • Tuition fee loan
    • Maintenance  Loan – full-time students only
    • Maintenance Grant – full-time students only

Tuition Fee Loans pay for your course. Maintenance Loans and Grants help with your living costs. You have to pay back loans but not grants.

You might get extra help on top of this dependant on your circumstances.

To find out more go to

To apply go to

To contact Student Finance England go to

Payment of Fees

100% Settlement

This can be made by cash or cheque (made payable to City College Coventry) or credit/debit card


Arrangements can be made to pay over 3 instalments (on courses costing £180 or more) provided that a 33% deposit (or minimum of £100) is paid at the time of joining and a standing order payment plan is put into place. Please note that there is a £15 administration charge for this service.

Employer Sponsorship
If you would like us to invoice your employer, then please request an ‘Employer Fee Contract’ from finance or reception. This must be completed by an authorised representative of your company and produced on the day that you enrol. You will personally remain responsible for all fees until full settlement is received from your employer.

Important Note:

If you do not qualify for financial assistance or fail to provide evidence for fee remission or unable to provide payment (as above), then you will NOT be permitted to enrol onto your chosen course.


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