How to Pay and When
Please note we reserve the right to change fees and to cancel courses in response to funding changes and learner numbers. We regret that if a course does not reach its minimum number we will close the course but we will refund your fees.
The Government provides the College with funding towards the cost of providing courses. Except for a very small number of full cost courses, all learner fees are subsidised by Government funding by varying amounts. The rules concerning Government funding of our courses have changed this year and this has affected our fees structure. Please read this section carefully even if you have studied at the College before, to be sure you understand the fees that apply to your circumstances and your course. The changes particularly affect the concession fee applicable to our short Arts courses.
Our full time Foundation Diploma course remains free for learners aged under 19 on 31 August 2017 as do our maths and English courses for all learners.
Government backed learner loans are available for learners aged over 19 on 31 August 2017 studying full courses at Level 3 and above. These include the Foundation Diploma courses and some of the professional qualifications. Ask our Learner Services team for more information and how to apply. The loans are not means tested.
The College is committed to enabling access to education for all learners. Our fee structure, course pricing and financial support package all underpin this commitment, whilst limiting the costs associated with additional bureaucracy.
The College’s fee structure is split into the following three main categories and throughout the course guide and online you will see the course fee for each category alongside the course information:
This is the standard fee for each course.
Freedom Pass holders may claim a 20% discount on eligible day time courses.
A discount of 75% or 100% may be claimed by learners in the following groups:
Level 2 entitlement (a)
Level 3 entitlement (b)
Unemployed and on wider state benefits, needing skills training to enter employment (c)
What is the Concession Fee?
(a) Level 2 entitlement covers learners aged 19-23 on 31 August 2017 who do not currently hold a full Level 2 qualification and are enrolling on to a qualification based course (excluding ESOL), up to Level 2.
(b) Level 3 entitlement covers learners aged 19-23 on 31 August 2017 who do not hold a full Level 3 qualification and are enrolling on to a Level 3 qualification-based course (excluding ESOL).
(c) Wider state benefits accepted:
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Council Tax Reduction
- Partner in receipt of Council Tax Reduction
- You or partner in receipt of Pension Guarantee Credit
- National Asylum Support (NASS)
- Incapacity Benefit
- Disability Living Allowance / Personal Independence Payment
- An unwaged dependent of one of the above
- Carer’s Allowance
If you are on another state benefit not listed, please check with Learner Services.
Evidence required to support entitlement to Reduced or Concessionary fees
Current acceptable evidence of entitlement to reduced or concessionary fees must be produced at the time you enrol. It is your responsibility to inform us if your financial circumstances subsequently change.
Acceptable evidence is a document showing the benefit you receive dated within the last 3 months. If your benefit type is annual or paid directly to your bank account and your documentation is older than 3 months, then you will need to provide evidence that you still receive the benefit, such as a bank statement or confirmation letter.
Payment of fees
All course fees must be paid at the time of enrolment to secure your place on the course, or you must agree to pay in instalments by direct debit. You may be eligible for financial support; please ask a member of the Learner Services team for further information.
Payment by Instalments
If your course fees are over £250, you may spread your payments over 6 months. There is no interest or arrangement fee but payment must be by direct debit from a UK bank account. If you fail to meet a direct debit payment when it falls due and is claimed by the College, then the full outstanding balance of your fees will fall due for immediate payment. Non-payment of this balance may result in your exclusion from the course and the College.
Additional Course Activities
For the vast majority of courses, the course fee quoted is all that you will have to pay. Where courses include excursions or trips, then these will incur additional fees which will be charged at cost. Where this is likely to apply it is included in the course description in the course guide or online.
In almost all cases, the course fees cover the tools you require for the course, exam entry fees and the basic or initial materials you need. For courses with particularly high materials costs or where you wish to undertake an exceptionally large project within the course, the further materials you require will be supplied by the College at additional cost to you or you may be asked to source them yourself from an outside supplier. For courses where this is applicable, it is explained in the course description in the Course Guide or online. If you are in any doubt, please contact our Learner Services team for further detail and clarification.
Financial Support for Learners
Application forms can be obtained from reception and should be completed in full and presented when enrolling along with any evidence required.
Learner Financial Support Fund (LFSF)
The Learner Financial Support Fund (LFSF) helps learners who have difficulties meeting the costs of attending their course. The fund is money given to the College by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). For eligible learners, the fund will usually meet either 100% or 50% of the course fees depending on the funding stream. To qualify for support from the fund, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Total household income of £23,000 or under
Council tax reduction and housing benefit are excluded from the calculation.
For more information contact a member of the Learner Services team at the main reception at Crowndale Road or at Kentish Town.
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund
If you are under 19 years old on 31 August 2017, you may be eligible for support from the 16-19 Bursary Fund.
The aim of the fund is to help cover some of the financial costs of attending College, such as transport, food, equipment and other course related costs.
There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:
- a vulnerable learner bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined groups
- discretionary bursaries which the College will award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books or equipment
Learners who want to apply for support from the bursary fund should contact a member of the Learner Services team.
Care to Learn
Care to Learn is a Government scheme that can assist young parents, aged under 20 at the start of their course, with the costs of registered childcare and travelling expenses to and from their childcare provider.
If you are a young parent starting a new course in September, you can claim up to £175 per week towards the cost of Ofsted registered childcare.
There are no restrictions on the number of hours per week you study, or on the length of the course you take. Payments can cover the periods you are studying in College, and may also be paid during the holidays to retain your place if your course continues the following year.
The money is paid directly to the registered childcare provider.
For further information about the Care to Learn scheme and how to apply, please speak to a member of the Learner Services team.
The College is only able to use the Government funding it receives for learners who have been resident in the UK or elsewhere in the European Economic Area (EEA) and must be able to demonstrate that none of it has been used to subsidise overseas learners. If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) you will be charged fees equivalent to £12 per hour of study plus any other applicable fees. Fees must be paid in pounds sterling and be paid in full before the start of your course. No concessions are available.
The College will endeavour to deliver all the courses advertised in the course guide and to avoid cancellations. However, if the College does find it necessary to cancel or close a course for any reason, then all fees paid by learners on that course will be refunded in full.
If you choose to withdraw from a course on which you have enrolled, two weeks or more before the date of the first scheduled class, then any fees paid by you will be refunded, subject to deduction of a £15 administration fee.
If you choose to withdraw from a course on which you have enrolled less than two weeks before the date of the first scheduled class, then you will be able to claim a refund of 50% of the fees paid or due for the course, subject to a minimum retention by the College of £15.
If you choose to withdraw from a course on or after the date of the first class then no refund will be made under any circumstances and you will also remain liable for all fees assessed but not yet paid. It is a condition of your enrolment that you agree to this refund policy and your signature on your learning agreement is evidence of such agreement.
If the College agrees to you transferring from one course to another course, then the fees paid on your first course will be transferred to your new course. If the new course has higher fees then the balance must be paid in full, or a new instalment plan
agreed if applicable, before your transfer can be completed. If the new course has lower fees, then no refund will be made.
Collection of unpaid fees
The College reserves the right to refer unpaid fees to a debt collection service for follow up and/or to record the non-payment with credit reference agencies. The College or the debt collection service may also pursue unpaid fees through the courts.