Financial support for adults

Financial support for adults

Achieving your ambition costs less than you think.

At City and Islington College, we believe that nothing should stand in the way of you achieving your ambition. You may be entitled to support towards the cost of your studies based on your age, the course you choose and your employment status.

In our courses for adults you will notice varying prices for each course where concessions are available labelled as fully-funded, co-funded and unfunded. These relate to the fee that UK/EU students will need to pay depending on whether they are eligible to receive funding or not.

If you are eligible for full funding your course may be free.

Types of funding

Tuition, exam fees and essential materials and resources are funded by the government.

You are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of your learning, with tuition, exam fees and materials partially funded by the government.

If you do not meet the criteria for funding you are required to pay the full fee however payment plans and Advanced Learner Loans are available on some courses. See Advanced Learner Loans.

Care to Learn
The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.

What you get: You may receive up to £175 a week (deposits paid and holiday retainers).

What you need: You need to be a parent aged under 20. You can claim this benefit as long as the other parent is not available to provide childcare (e.g. if they are working) and they are not claiming Childcare Tax Credit.

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Am I eligibile for funding?

You may be eligible for a free or reduced course fee. The criteria for funding can be quite complicated but we’re here to help and will be able to assess your eligibility at enrolment. 

To find out more about eligibility for free or reduced course fees, you can take a look at the documents below:

Course Funding for Adults aged 19-23 [PDF]

Course Funding for Adults aged 24+ [PDF]

I am not eligible for help with the cost of my course, what can I do?

If you are not eligible for funding and have to pay the standard tuition fees, registration fee and any examination or materials fees, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

You can also make payments in three equal instalments for course fees of over £100 (up to £1,000) or five equal instalments for fees exceeding £1,000.

Advanced Loans for Level 3 – 6 Qualifications

If you are aged 19 or over and want to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma, a Level 3-6 Certificate or Diploma, an Advanced Learner Loan can help fund your course.

Key facts about the Advanced Learner Loan:

  • Easy to apply for
  • Low rate of interest
  • Doesn’t take your household income into account
  • Doesn’t involve a credit check
  • Only start to pay back your loan when you start earning over £21,000

Get more information about the Advanced Learner Loans.