One of the biggest worries for some of our students is their finances: Can I afford to study? Can I afford to buy books and materials? What about childcare and travel costs?
We have different types of financial support available to our students. What you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances.
Students who are 16-18 years old on 31 August (of the year you start your course) in full-time education do not have to pay course fees, providing that you are a UK or qualifying EU resident, home student and meet the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) eligibility criteria.
16-18 year old students on part-time courses have to pay course and materials fees at enrolment.
Some courses do not offer any fee reduction, no matter what your circumstances are. For these courses you must pay the full price.
How do I pay my fees?
Payment must be made at enrolment, otherwise you cannot start your course. You can pay by cash, cheque, MasterCard, Visa or Maestro.
If your employer or training provider is paying your course fees you must provide us with a letter, written on the company’s official headed paper, stating that they accept responsibility for payment.
Can I pay in instalments?
For UK and EU students with course fees below £150, payment must be made in full when you enrol.
- For fees between £150 and £699.99, you can pay in three equal instalments. The first instalment must be paid at enrolment, followed by two monthly instalments.
- For fees between £700 and £894.99, you can pay in seven equal instalments. The first instalment must be paid at enrolment, followed by six monthly instalments.
- For fees of £895 or more you can pay in 10 equal instalments. The first instalment must be paid at enrolment, followed by nine monthly instalments.
The number of instalments will be reduced when necessary to make sure that the full amount is received at least one month before the end of the course. Please see our Fees Policy for full details.
16-18 year old Bursary Fund (Learner Support Fund)
You can apply for this Bursary to help with travel costs to and from college (if you live more than two miles away from the campus you study at); essential kit and equipment; materials fees; and college meals.
To qualify for the Bursary you must be 16-18 on 31 August in the year academic year your course starts, and have a household income of less than £30,000. You may also qualify if you are 19-24 on 31 August in the year academic year their course starts and have an Education Health Care Plan.
Find out more about the 16-18 year old Bursary Fund.
16-18 year old Vulnerable Bursary
The Vulnerable Bursary is for young people who are in care or are recent care leavers. You may also apply for this Bursary if you receive Income Support, Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, or Personal Independent Payment in your own right.
19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund
The 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund is for people who are 19 or older on 31 August in the year academic year your course starts. It can be claimed to help with travel to and from college (if you live more than 1.6 miles from the campus you study at); childcare; essential kits and equipment; materials fess; books; and college meals.
To be eligible for the Fund your household income should be less than £30,000, or £15,736 if you are a single person.
Advanced Learner Loan Bursary
If you have an Advanced Learner Loan approved by Student Finance England you may be able to apply for a Bursary to help with travel (if you live more than 1.6 miles from the campus you study at); childcare; and college meals.
To be eligible for the Bursary your household income should be less than £30,000, or £15,736 if you are a single person.
Care to Learn
Care to Learn is for parents, or expectant parents, who are 20 or under and are continuing or returning to education to help to pay for childcare. You can claim up to £160 per child per week for registered childcare services.
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are planning to study a level 3, 4, 5, or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course fees. You won’t have to start repaying the Loan until you’ve completed your course and are earning at least £25,000 a year.
Free courses for adults earning up to £15,736 (£16,009 from 1 August 2019)
If you are 19 or older and earn up to £15,736 (£16,009 from 1 August 2019) a year you may be able to study on a choice of courses entry, level 1 and 2 without having to pay course fees.