Funding & Finance
You can download the funding application form here. Please call Student Services on 01305 764807 for help and advice.
16-18 Year Olds - Free Tuition
If you are aged under 19 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment, the courses are FREE. There are a few exceptions, such as international students from overseas, but we will inform you if you fall into one of these categories.
Employer or sponsor payment of fees
The employer/sponsor must sign a College Employer/Sponsor Payment Form (available from the Information Centre on 01305 208808). Once this has been received, we will raise an invoice for the amount due. Once the candidate has enrolled no refund can be made, however another candidate can be submitted anytime up until the start date of the course.
Financial Bursary for 16-18 Year OldsFinancial help is available through the College's Student Support Fund. Students facing financial hardship can apply for help with:
- Costs of travel to and from College - Subject to distance
- Course books and equipment
- Educational visits.
Hardship Funds: Over 19s
Hardship funds are available to assist towards essential course related items, to include college transport (subject to distance) kit/overalls/books, and education visits.
Please get in touch if you would like more information or help with completing an application.
There are special arrangements for young people in care, leaving care, or independently receiving Income Support, or disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. You are entitled to financial support totaling £1,200. Please make sure you let us know on the application form.
Support for learners aged 19 and overIf you are aged 19 and over as of the 1st September on the year of enrolment and fall into one of the following categories, the course will be FREE of charge:
- Learners aged 19-23 who are enrolling at Entry Level or Level 1, who have not already achieved a full Level 2 qualification, and are using this course as a route to gaining a full Level 2. (Please note this does not apply to or include repeat qualifications at the same level).
- Learners aged 19-23 studying for their first full Level 2 qualification
- Learners aged 19-24 studying for their first full level 3 qualification
- Learners aged 19-24 studying for a full Level 4 or above qualification without having attained a full Level 3 qualification.
- Learners of any age enrolling on a Maths or English GCSE who have not previously achieved at Grade C.
- Individuals studying there first full Level 3 qualification that has left the British Armed Forces after completing four or more years of service or have been medically discharged, due to an injury in active service, after completing basic training.
- Individuals in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) or Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and using the training/learning as a direct route towards their intended employment (including the partner where the claim is a joint claim). Where an individual is a dependant of the claimant they are not automatically eligible for full fee remission, but may be eligible under other criteria.
- Unemployed individuals who are in receipt of a state benefit (other than JSA or ESA (WRAG) and using the training/learning as a direct route towards their intended employment.
- Individuals studying aims that are Adult Basic Skills and Functional Skills in English and Maths, excluding Adult Skills Certificates in ESOL.
- Concessions for ESOL students (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Classroom based ESOL provision will only be fully funded for individuals in receipt of JSA, ESA (WRAG) or unemployed and in receipt of a state benefit, where it is identified as a barrier to employment.
NB: To qualify for the fee reduction, an up-to-date award document, or a letter from the benefit agency, must be shown at the time of enrolment. If there is a delay between enrolment and the start date of the course, the College reserves the right to ask for updated benefit evidence at the start of the course to confirm eligibility.
For further information on entitlement, or if you want to discuss your eligibility for a fee reduction, please telephone the Information Centre on (01305) 208808.
The College can help with childcare fees (Over 20s) for the time that you are at College. Please call Student Services on 01305 764807.
If you are under 20, childcare funding is available via the Care to Learn scheme. Further information of this funding can be found on www.direct.gov.uk
24+ Advanced Learning Loans
Aged 24 or over and thinking about further education?
If you're planning to study at Level 3 or Level 4 or an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship and starting a course on or after 1 August 2013 you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England. For more information click here.
Paying in instalments
This option is available on some courses. Please contact the Information Centre on 01305 208808 for further details.
Student Finance England
Want to go to college and wondering how you'll pay for it?
Student Finance England - the student finance experts - are there to help. A range of financial support is available to cover your tuition fees and living costs while you study.
Find out more about the grants, loans, bursaries and extra support available by visiting www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance or follow Student Finance England on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter for regular updates.
New part-time students can also apply for their student finance, there are a range of tools and guidance available on Student Finance England dedicated microsite www.slc.co.uk/england