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Course Fees for Further Education Courses

If you are aged 16 – 18 (under 19) on 31st August 2020 and are an EU (including the UK) citizen who has lived in the UK/​EU/​EEA for at least 3 years, you are not required to pay tuition fees for your full-time course 

Students over 19 will usually need to pay for tuition, exam and registration fees. 

Payment is due at enrolment. Instalment plans are available. For Further Education courses at levels 3, 4, 5 and 6, you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible for tuition fee remission depending on:

  • The type and level of the course 
  • Student age at the start of the course
  • Previously achieved qualifications
  • Employment/​unemployment status

Full details of course fees and the criteria for fee remission are usually confirmed in June. We will then inform applicants of the price of their full-time course and contact them to arrange a fee assessment to discuss fees due, eligibility for fee remission and any other financial help which may be available.

Students who have not lived in the EU/​EEA for the last 3 years may have to pay a higher fee. Eligibility will be checked when you apply for a course. 

To find out more, contact our Admissions Team on 01225 756300

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans are available to learners aged 19 and over who are studying at level 3 to level 6 on an eligible course. 

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan once your offer of a place on your course has been confirmed. You will require a Learning and Funding Information Letter in order to complete your application. These will be available in June and your Fees and Funding Adviser can provide this.

Please 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 can either pay in full or pay a deposit and set up an instalment plan for the fees which will be refunded (minus £35 administration) once your loan has been approved.

If a learner takes out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for an Access to HE Diploma and then goes on to complete a HE qualification, the outstanding balance of the Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.

Find more information from the government here

Employer Funded Learning

If your employer is paying your tuition fees and/​or examination/​registration fees on your behalf, they will need to fill out this form.

Financial help

If you are in care or a care leaver, or you or your parent(s)/guardian(s) who you live with are unemployed and in receipt of benefits or employed but earning a low wage, you may be eligible to apply for help with all or some of the additional costs required for you to attend your Further Education course.

You may be able to get help with:

  • A meal on the days you attend college
  • Educational trips and visits
  • Kit/​tools/​equipment/​course materials
  • Required clothing including uniform and protective clothing (PPE)
  • Travel to and from college on the days you attend college if you live more than 3 miles from college (measured by the shortest walking distance on Google Maps)
  • Travel and meals if you are required to attend Work Experience or Industry Placement
  • UCAS fees and University trips

Any help you receive will be dependent on your financial circumstances and the course you will be attending.

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