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Financial assistance for FE Students under 19

Course Fees for full time courses

Course tuition fees are not charged to students enrolling at the College if they are an EU citizen and are under 19 on 31 August.

Students over 19 or not an EU citizen will usually need to pay for tuition, exam and registration fees though they may be eligible for tuition fee remission depending on:

    • The course of study
    • The qualifications already achieved
    • Whether they are in receipt of certain state benefits
    • Their age on 31 August

All prospective full time students are sent up-to-date fee information once the details are finalised. In the event of new regulations affecting course fees, applicants will be informed.

To find out more, contact our Admissions team on 01225 756206.

Payment of Fees

Fees are due at enrolment for all full and part-time courses. If you cannot pay in full, are not eligible for any fee remission and not eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, we offer an interest free instalment plan with a small set up fee of £30. Instalment plans are available from Student Services.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties and considering withdrawing your application as a result, please speak to our Student Administration Team first on 01225 756206 to discuss the options open to you.

Advanced Learner Loans and Loans Bursary Fund

The eligibility criteria for an Advanced Learner Loan has changed this year and loans are now available to learners aged 19 and over who are studying at level 3 to level 6 on an eligible course. For further information about Advanced learner Loans please follow the link www.gov.uk/advancedlearnerloan.

If you are 19+, studying an Access to HE course and are eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan, if you then go on to complete a full degree – the loan for your Access course will be written off!

Once you have been offered a place on an eligible course at college, we will send you a letter which provides all the information you need about your course to apply online for the Advanced Learner Loan. You will need to apply well before the start of your course so that the loan is approved and in place before you enrol. If it is not agreed by the time you enrol, you will need to pay a deposit and set up an instalment plan for the fees which will be refunded (minus £30 administration) once your loan has been approved.

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance then you can also apply for our means-tested 19+ Loans Bursary Fund. This can be used to help with travel and childcare and to pay for any additional learning support needs that you have. If you are eligible for an advanced learner loan but choose not to take it out, you will not be able to apply to the 19+ loans bursary fund and no other support will be available.

Career Development Loans

If you are 19+, but not eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan then you can apply for a Career Development Loan to pay your fees. You don’t have to pay it back until your course finishes. Visit www.gov.uk/career-development-loans for full details.

16-18 Guaranteed Bursary

If you are in receipt of either Income Support, ESA (Employment Support Allowance) and DLA (Disability Living Allowance) or PIP (Personal Independence Plan), or Universal Credit (if it replaces any of these benefits) or if you are in care or leaving care then you may be eligible for the 16-18 Guaranteed bursary of £1200 to assist with college costs. You will also receive a free college lunch each day that you are in college.

If you are under 19 and not in the above groups but have a household income of less than £25000, you can also apply for a bursary and may receive support with course costs and transport. Students under 19, from households that are unemployed and in receipt of benefits can also receive a free college meal.

Discretionary Support Funds and Bursaries

If you are 19+ and your annual household income is £25k or under, you could be eligible for assistance from our discretionary funds. Assistance may be available with travel, course related costs and childcare. Students eligible to take out the Advanced learner loan, who choose not to take out the loan, are not eligible to apply for any extra support from our funds.

Childcare Support

Are you under 20 and have a child, you could be eligible for help with your childcare whilst you are studying, from the Care to Learn Loan Scheme. Find out more by visiting www.gov.uk/care-to-learn

If you are 20+ and your household income is under £25000 you can apply for childcare support through our Discretionary Support Funds.

Students eligible to take out the Advanced learner loan, who choose not to take out the loan, are not eligible to apply for any childcare support from our funds.

If you wish to apply to any of the college funds, please complete an Assessment Form and return it to Student Services with your financial evidence after 1 August. Click to download the Bursary Guidance and Bursary Assessment Form and Childcare Support Application Form or alternatively you can collect these forms from Student Services.

Further Information

If you have any questions or concerns about any of the above, please contact us on 01225 350035 for some helpful advice from our Student Services team.

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