If you think you may not be able to afford to study, there are a number of ways you may be able to get help. General advice is given below but the rules can change from year to year, so we recommend you follow the links provided below to access the most up-to-date information. Staff in Student Services are also able to discuss your individual circumstances and provide you with an application form.
Course Fees - Do I have to pay course fees?
If you are aged 19 - 23, or 24+ then you may be liable to pay fees on both full-time and part-time courses. As this is quite complicated and is based on your highest level of qualification, we suggest you have a chat with our student services team so they can explain the rules. There are also payment plans available to help spread the costs of paying course fees.
In cases of financial hardship the College may be able to offer assistance in the form of bursaries - please see below:
19+ Advanced Learning Loans
- Are you looking to advance your career, job or position in life?
- Are you motivated and keen to improve your knowledge and employment opportunities?
- Are you worried about the cost of tuition?
Then great news, an Advanced Learning Loan is for you!
This is a weekly payment for students who have a low household income. To check if you are eligible for this bursary please ask at student services for an application form. This form will explain what evidence will be needed as proof of household income. We would appreciate it if you could complete the form as soon as possible, however decisions on who will receive the bursary may not be made until September at the start of the college term or later depending on when your application was received. Payments are made directly into your bank account. If you are eligible your payments will be back dated to the week your course started, provided you have full attendance. Payments are made directly into your bank account.
You can apply for this Adult Bursary if:
- your household income is at, or below, £23,000 (18/19)
- your course will lead to your first full Level 2 or first Level 3 qualification
- you are studying full-time – at least 12 hours a week (equivalent to 450 hours of ‘guided learning’ a year, or 150 hours a term)
- you are learning at a further education learning provider approved by the Skills Funding Agency Council
Learner Support Fund (LSF)
If you are having trouble meeting the costs of learning, the Learner Support Fund (LSF) may be able to help. You will need to provide details of your household income and the total household income must be approximately £18,190 or less.
Who can apply for the LSF?
- You must be aged 16 or over
- You must be studying a full time or part time course at the college
- You must attend at least 90% of the time, unless there are exceptional circumstances and you are making satisfactory progress
What will it pay for?
- Childcare costs (for Ofsted-registered childcare)*
- Some travel costs*
- Some essential course-related equipment, books, materials and field trips*
- Some examination and registration fees*
Contact Student Services for further advice and information.
* Subject to Eligibility
Care to Learn (C2L)
If you are a young parent and want to return to, or continue with your learning, then C2L can cover the cost of your childcare and transport costs.
You can apply for C2L if you can answer yes to the following questions:
- You will be under 20 years of age on the day your course starts
- You are caring for your own child or children
- You meet residency conditions
- You are undertaking learning that receives some public funding
- Your childcare provider is registered with Ofsted to ensure they meet certain safety and quality standards
Further information can be found on the designated website here or contact the Learner Support Helpline on 0800 121 8989
Do I have to pay Council Tax?
If you are described as a ‘full-time student’ for the purposes of Council Tax, you can claim an exemption and should apply to your local authority. The College will send details of your course hours to the local authority.
You will normally be paid approximately £100 per week - some companies do pay more.
There are different financial arrangements for university education. You can obtain an application pack from March onwards each year for entry to a course in the following September. Please see our University Education page for more information.
If you have any other questions, we will be pleased to help in Student Services. If we do not know the answer, we will help you find someone who does.
Please contact Student Services to find out more:
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