Fees and Funding
If you’re thinking about studying at college, you need to consider three main issues:
- Will I have to pay my own course fees?
- Will I get financial help with the costs of study including travel, childcare and meals?
- If I take out a Student Loan or a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan, how much will the loan repayments be?
The good news is that a lot of students get financial support towards the cost of studying. For example:
- Students aged 16-18 do not pay any course fees
- Students age 19 + do not have to pay to study basic or GSCE English and Maths who have not already achieved GCSE A-C
- Students age 19 + in receipt of unemployment benefits/Universal credits do not usually pay course fees
- Many of our students receive support towards their travel, study and childcare expenses via our Learner Support Fund.
The financial support you can receive depends on your age, the level of course you will be studying and your family / personal income. Some support is accessed through the College and some you will need to apply to other organisations for.
We have summarised what is available below for you and our Student Services team will be happy to provide you with further information.
The Deal – Your Part
With funding come rules. They are:
- Funding is awarded for one academic year. If you are on a two year course or come back next year for another course you will need to apply again. This is because circumstances change and sometimes Government changes what we receive too.
- You have to be enrolled on your course before your funding starts
- You will need to maintain a minimum attendance of 90% to continue receiving the support throughout the year Getting financial help is dependent on you meeting the attendance, punctuality and behaviour expected as set of out in the college charter.
If you are having any difficulties then speak to your tutor or Student Services as soon as you can.
The Deal – Our Part
- To apply for financial support from the college, you will need to complete an online application. More information about eligibility and applying can be found by clicking on the relevant age group tab
- We know how important financial support is so we will always aim to make prompt payments. At busy times we will prioritise those in most need
- If for any reason you are not happy with your award, speak to the Student Services team who can explain how the application has been assessed
We have an obligation to make sure the funds given to us to support students are distributed fairly and reach those who need it most which is why we ask for detailed information at application. If, following investigation claim is considered to be fraudulent we will ask for any money awarded to be repaid in full and may take court action.
If your employer has agreed to pay your fees and you would like us to invoice them, download the Employer Fee Payment Contract, or request one from Student Services. You need to get this completed by an authorised representative of your company and you need to bring it along when you enrol.
Please note the information provided on this page is based on current government guidelines and figures and may be subject to change.