Financial support for adults

Financial support for adults

Achieving your dreams costs less than you think.

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

You may be entitled to help towards the cost of your studies based on your course, employment status and nationality. The Department of Education has funding support in place to help adult learners access education - if you are eligible for full funding your course may be FREE.

Course costs

The following information applies to 'home' students. A 'home' student is a learner who has been resident in the UK/EU/EEA, without any restrictions on their stay in the UK, for three years prior to the start date of their College course.

If you are earning less than £15,376.50 per annum, you may be entitled to free Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 courses. You must support your application by coming to enrolment with three months of wage slips or an employment contract stating your salary. 

Level 3, 4, 5 and 6 Courses
If you are aged 19-23, and do not already have a full Level 3 (or higher) qualification then you will be eligible to study a Level 3 course for free. If you already have a full Level 3 qualification, or are aged 24 or older, you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan through Student Finance England. This applies if you have to pay the standard tuition fees for your course. The loan is influenced by, but not dependent on, income and personal circumstances. It is not subject to a credit check and is only repayable when you are earning over £25,000 per annum. Find out more here.

International and Overseas Students
If you are not a 'home' student, you will either be an international or overseas student. Fees for international and overseas students are separate, and available in full here

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.

If you are earning less £15,736.50 annually you may be eligible to study an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course for FREE.

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.

For many courses, you may also be able to make payments in instalments - usually this is 50% upfront and then 25% for the following two months.

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 £25,000

Get more information about the Advanced Learner Loans.

Grants and Bursaries

A number of bursaries and grants are also available through Student Finance for Adult Learners to support childcare, disability, material costs and other expenses related to study. A list of these can be found here