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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
  • many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary
  • many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)
  • Transport for London student travel cards are available.
  • Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

IF YOU’RE AGED 19-23 your tuition 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 or 3 qualification and are enrolling on a level 1 or full level 2 or 3 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.

Over 19s pay a one-off £30 registration fee per year. This grants you access to the campus and our facilities. If you don’t pay a tuition fee, this is all that you will pay in a year. Adults on Community Learning courses (most of our part-time recreational courses) don’t pay this fee.

Have you heard about the Advanced Learner Loan?

If you’re aged 19 or over (24 or over if your course begins before 1 August 2016) and want to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 (Level 3 or 4 only if your course begins before 1 August 2016) Vocational Qualification, you’ll need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

Here are some key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000 a year (which is £404 a week or £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £21,000, before tax. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month; and if you earn £35,000 a year, it will be £105 per month.
  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn.

Useful info to help you to understand the new Government loans
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.
Eligibility Checker
Terms and conditions
Key facts
Key questions answered
Illustrated information

For further information, contact the Student Fees, Loans and Financial Support Coordinator, 020 7613 9345, info@hackney.ac.uk or visit the National Careers Service website

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.

And, while you are studying, you may be able to receive financial support to help you with the costs of coming to College.

Learners with a Learning Disability Assessment

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

Further notes: For people who will need to pay fees

  • Students enrolling on a Foundation Degree 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 benefit 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!
  • 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 2016

Our Customer Services team and fees and loans adviser will always be happy to help.

Don't be put off!

16-18 year-olds DON’T PAY FEES!

Many adults study with discounted fees, and many 16-18s 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:

OPTIONS & INSTALMENTS Helping you to invest in your future.

We can give you information and refer you to advisers to discuss your options.

  • You could pay your fee in instalments
  • We could let you know about the Advanced Learner Loan (for level 3 and above further education courses) or a student loan for higher education courses.
  • We can also let you know about scholarships, bursaries and other financial support.