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.
16 to 19 tuition fund in 2020 to 2021 academic year
The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a £96 million one-off fund for the 2020 to 2021 academic year only to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses. The funding is being used to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned for 2020 to 2021. All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme, including students aged 19 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, and who had their learning disrupted in 2019/20 from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has allocated Leicester College a part of this fund to support and develop knowledge, skills, experiences and training during 2020/21 so that disadvantaged students have a greater opportunity of completing and achieving their educational targets.
Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.
Eligible students will be offered an assessment to determine what additional tuition would benefit them and the arrangements which can be put in place. Additional tuition will be delivered in small groups of no more than five students, in accordance with the guidance released by ESFA.
Examples of the type of support which could be offered to students are:
- Development of knowledge
- Delivery of knowledge gaps
- Literacy skills
- Numeracy skills
- Additional preparation for assessments
The expectation is to support and enable students to catch up on their education which had been disrupted in 2019/20 due to the pandemic, allowing students the opportunity to progress as previously expected.
The full guidance is available at 16 to 19 Tuition Fund
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. If you are a student at the College, 16-18 years old and one of the following you may also be eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary.
- in care
- a care leaver in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in place of IS in their own right
- in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment in their own right
This bursary is paid on a weekly basis to eligible students. It is paid directly into the student’s bank account and is subject to attendance on their course. The maximum amount of payment is £1200 over the academic year. You will be considered for this bursary when you fill in the 16-18 year old Bursary Fund application form, if you are eligible.
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.
Advance Learner Loan and Bursary
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.
Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans for Leicester College courses.
Advance Learner Loan Bursary
If you have an Advanced Learner Loan approved by Student Finance England you may be able to apply for a bursary from Leicester College 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.
Subsidised College Meals
The government has said that while schools are closed for the coronavirus outbreak young people will be able to claim vouchers for free school meals – this scheme does NOT apply to students at further education colleges. Take a look at our coronavirus FAQs for more details.
If a 16-18 year old student or their parents/carers are in receipt of one of the following benefits they are eligible for a subsidised meal for each day that they are timetabled to attend Leicester College.
- Income support (IS)
- Income based jobseekers allowance (JSA)
- Income related Employment and Support allowance (ESA)
- Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1st April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax not including any benefits you get).
You need to complete a 16 -18 year old Bursary application form and provide evidence of one of the above benefits and also be enrolled on a course in order to qualify for a subsidised meal. If you are eligible you will receive £2.41 for each day that you are timetabled in College.This will be added to the account linked to your ID card and an be used in the college Food Inc outlets and Zest at Freemen’s Park Campus.
You can also apply for a subsidised meal if you are aged 19-24 and have an Education Health Care Plan. To apply you should also complete the 16 -18 year old Bursary application form.
Care to Learn
Care to Learn is aimed at teenage parents who want to continue in – or are returning to – learning or training. The Government provide financial support to help with the cost of childcare.
Who is eligible for Care to Learn?
To be eligible for Care to Learn you must be a young parent (aged 20 or under) and expecting or caring for your own child. You must be living in England and studying a publicly-funded full or part-time course.
You are not eligible if:
- You’re an apprentice earning a salary
- You’re undertaking a Higher Education course at university
What does the fund pay for?
Care to Learn pays up to £160 per child, per week, to be used for registered childcare services, additional travel costs or retainer childcare fees. Leicester College has two registered nurseries which our students can us.
This funding is not means-tested, meaning that if you fit the above criteria you are more than welcome to apply.
What is the application process?
New students need to call 0800 121 89 89, they will then be emailed a link to complete an on line application.
Free courses for adults earning up to £16,009
If you are 19 or older and earn up to £16,009 (£17,004 from 1 August 2020) a year you may be able to study on a choice of courses entry, level 1 and 2 without having to pay course fees.