Fees and financial support
Don’t worry about the cost of learning! We can help and advise you.
- 16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses
- 16-18 year-olds who would have been eligible for EMA may now receive a bursary
- Transport for London student travel cards are still be available, giving discounts to 16-18s.
IF YOU’RE AGED 19-23 your course may still be FREE if you are a ‘home student’ and you meet any of these criteria:
- you’re unemployed and in receipt of a state benefit and you want to do the qualification to enable you to get a job (you’ll need to sign a declaration).
- you’re claiming an ‘active’ benefit (JSA, JSA National Insurance Credit, ESA Work-related) if the course or training will help you into work or remove a barrier to work.
- you’re enrolling on an eligible English or maths learning aim.
- you haven’t reached GCSE grade C or above in English or maths and you’re enrolling on GCSE English or maths.
- you’re aged 19-23 (when you start the learning aim) and you don’t have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs at grade A-C or equivalent) and are enrolling on a level 1 or full level 2 course
- you’re aged 19-23 enrolling on an entry level or level 1 programme (excluding basic skills) and your prior attainment is level 1 or below, and you need a step up to progress to full level 2.
- you’re enrolling on a classroom based ESOL programme, on JSA or ESA (WRAG) or unemployed and on a state benefit, where the course will be removing a barrier to employment.
- you’ve left the British Armed Forces after 4+ years of service, or you have been medically discharged after completing basic training, and you are enrolling on your first full level 3 qualification.
- Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.
If you’re aged 24 or over and enrol on an approved level 3 or higher further education course, you can apply for a Government funded loan to pay the cost of the tuition fee. And, while you are studying, you may be able to receive financial support to help you with the costs of coming to College. Have a look at the fee section in our over 19s page for more information.
Click here to go to the official website for information and to apply
To apply for a loan you will need a Learning and Funding Letter from your college once you have received an offer for a place on a course.
Learners with a Learning Disability Assessment should speak to us about which learning programme is right for you, and your eligibility for full funding.
Further notes: For people who will need to pay fees
- Students enrolling on an HNC or HND will be able to apply for a student loan
- Overseas students do pay fees
- Adult Recreational courses (Community Learning) and Language courses follow a different fee structure. Unemployed people and people claiming a state benfit will pay the discounted fee (where there is one stated) on these courses.
- Some courses are “full fee only” which means that you will pay a fee when you enrol.
- Discounts are available in many cases, if you pay in full at enrolment or in instalments.See the information on the right-hand side of this page.
- We can help you with costs by arranging for you to pay in instalments in many cases. See the information on the right-hand side of this page.
- Some student support funds are available
- Don’t forget Our advisers will be able to guide you through your options and enrolment to make sure you get on the right course for you!
Please ask us about fees and financial support for work-based learning as it is different to the guidelines above
- The rules and guidelines for funding in further education are complex and the above notes are a summary. Please double-check your circumstances and any eligibility for funding or discounts with us at enrolment.
Updated January 2013
Don't be put off!
You might have heard that adults may need to pay higher fees for education, and that EMA has been scrapped for 16-18 year-olds.
The TRUTH is that many adults will still be able to study with discounted fees, and many 16-18s will still receive financial support.
If you’re thinking about coming to college, don’t worry. We can give you help and advice as to which course is right for you, and about any financial support that you could get.
For people who do need to pay fees:
DISCOUNTS & INSTALMENTS Helping you to invest in your future.
If your total fee is over £100 and you pay in full at enrolment you will get a 10% discount.
If your fee is over £300 you could pay in instalments and get a 5% discount (deducted at your final instalment) :
- Instalment option 1: pay 50% at enrolment and two remaining instalments in October and December
- Instalment option 2: pay 34% at enrolment and the balance by direct debit between October and March
If paying in instalments a credit or debit card in the student’s name will need to be used for at least part of the payment.
Discounts and instalment plans are not available in conjunction with any other discounts, or on any commitment fee paid.
Conditions apply for discounts and instalment plans. Please ask us when you enrol.