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Further Education

All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2016. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2016 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee. However, for 19+ students studying a level 3 or above course you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loans.

How much will my course cost?

The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.

Part Funded Courses

You may be eligible for a concession if:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying at the level of your chosen course for the first time. This applies to Level 1, 2 and 3 courses. Where appropriate, you will have no fees to pay apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of a ‘work-related’ benefit such as Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), or work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). In such circumstances, you will have no fees to pay apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course, if applicable.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of an ‘income-based’ benefit, such as Income Support or Housing Benefit. In such circumstances, you will not be required to pay any fees apart from the cost of any specialist materials or equipment used during your course, if applicable..
  • You are an asylum seeker in receipt of financial assistance (NASS), you may be eligible for concessionary fees.

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 3 course or above, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. This is available to eligible students starting a course from August 2016. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc.  For more information click here.

To be eligible you need to be:

  • aged 19 or over on the first day of your course
  • starting your course on or after 1 August
  • living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this
  • studying an eligible course at an approved College or training organisation in England.  We are an approved College
  • enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 and above which includes: Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates, Advanced Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships.

Just like the tuition fee loans in higher education, students who are aged over 19 can apply for a loan to pay for their further education fees.

Fee remission/concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 2 course for the first time.
  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 3 course for the first time.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of a ‘work-related’ benefit such as Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), or work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of an ‘income-based’ benefit, such as Income Support or Housing Benefit.
  • You are an asylum seeker in receipt of financial assistance (NASS). 

Repayments for 19+ Advanced Learning Loans

You will not have to make any repayments until your income is over £21,000 a year. In addition, students who progress from an Access to Higher Education Diploma course to complete a Higher Education Degree can have their outstanding 19+ Advanced Learning Loan for the Access course written off completely.

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