Financial Support FAQs

Can I get help with the cost of my course?

There's a variety of financial support available at College from bursaries and funding to student loans.

You may be able be entitled to support towards the cost of your studies. A number of factors are taken into account when assessing eligibility for a free or reduced course fee, including age and employment/benefit status, the course you are studying and your Nationality/Home Office status. Where a fee range is given e.g. £0-£100, fees will vary depending on these factors. Your eligibility will be assessed when you enrol.

Click on the relevant link below to find out more:

If you're aged 19 or over and want to study a Level 3 or 6 course, you may need to pay for your course, but you can get a government loan for this. You can find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan here.

How much do courses cost?

Course fees vary depending on the course, and may also vary depending on your own circumstances.

You can find the fees for a particular course in the right-hand column of the course page - search courses here.

What are State benefits?

These include:

  • ‘Active Benefits’ relating to individuals who are unemployed and seeking employment: Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance – Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), and Universal Credit (for individuals who are unemployed and required to undertake skills training).
  • Other State Benefits – including but not limited to – Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance (Support Group), Asylum Support, Local Authority subsistence support, Universal Credit.

What is an Advanced Learner Loan?

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government scheme for people aged 19 and over, which helps to cover the cost of a Level 3 or 4 qualification.

It is easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check. Find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan here.

Can fees be paid in instalments?

All fees become due at enrolment; however the college recognises that some students may be unable to pay their fees in full at enrolment. The college offers a payment plan of instalments by Direct Debit only for courses (not apprenticeships or higher education) as follows: 

Course Length No. of Instalments
Short course lasting more than 6 weeks but less than 12 weeks  2 (First instalment paid at enrolment equivalent to 50% of the full fee followed by 1 further instalment). 
Courses lasting between 4 and 6 months  3 (First instalment paid at enrolment equivalent to 50% of the full fee followed by 2 further instalments each equivalent to 25% of the full fee).
Courses lasting between 7 and 10 months  6 (First instalment paid at enrolment equivalent to 25% of the full fee followed by 5 further instalments each equivalent to 15% of the full fee).

 

Funding for Adult Courses

Funding for Adult Courses

If you are aged 19+ there is help available to fund your course. Take a look here.

Link to HE financial support

HE financial support

There are many ways of funding higher education and we take you through the steps here.

Link to Financial support for students aged 16-18

Financial support for 16-18 year olds

If you’re aged between 16 and 18, find out about the financial support that could be available to you.