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Student Fees and Finance

Students aged 16-18

If you are aged between 16 and 18 at the start of your course, you will not have to pay any course fees and your parents/ carers will be able to continue to claim any benefits they received while you were at school.

16-18 College Bursary

A bursary to support travel, meals and college expenses is available for students. The amount of support provided is set against a sliding scale depending on household income. For more information speak to a Learner Finance Assistant in Student Services.

To apply online visit your chosen college’s website or pick up a form from Student Services. You will be required to provide Student Services with evidence of income and your bank account details for assessment.

Guaranteed Bursary

An annual bursary of £1,200* (paid in instalments) is available to students aged 16-18 if students are in receipt of:

  • Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name
  • Local Authority Care or Care Leavers’ arrangements
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name.
  • Based on attendance and performance expectations

Students aged 19+

Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Students aged 19 to 24 who are in receipt of an EHCP do not have to pay tuition fees and are eligible for the 16-19 Bursary and possibly free college meals.

EHCP students aged 25 can access financial support from the Learner Support Fund. ALS and other course related costs can be agreed and supported by the Local Authority (e.g. special transport).

Learner Support Fund (19+)

Students aged 19 and over may need to pay fees and other costs towards their education. The fees are set by the college at the start of each year and are based on the level of funding provided by the Government.

Many adult students however are entitled to financial support with their courses, including a complete waiver of fees in certain circumstances. Due to the changing nature of government funding and the complex rules surrounding fees, please speak to Student Services for the latest details. Some support may be in the form of vouchers. You may be eligible to receive a contribution towards costs including:

  • Travel
  • Equipment costs
  • Childcare costs
  • UCAS application
  • Awarding body and tuition fees
  • Other associated study costs

You will need to complete an application form available on our college websites or from Student Services reception and provide evidence of household income.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are aged 19 or above and are looking to study a Level 3 or Level 4 course, the Advanced Learner Loan is available to support with the cost of some or all of your course fees. The loan does not have to be paid back until you are earning over £27,000 a year.

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If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan you may be eligible for financial support from the college. Collect an application form or contact Student Services for more information.

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