Reduced Course Fees
Learners aged 19 (at 31 August 2016) or over studying eligible Level 3 courses or Studio courses do not qualify for Government funding but may be eligible for a Government backed loan through the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of their course.
There are no course fees on any of the College’s English or Maths courses.
There are usually no course fees if you are aged under 19 on 31 August 2016.
There are no course fees if you are over 18 on 31 August 2016 AND
- You do not already hold a full Level 2 or higher qualification AND
- You are now enrolling on your first Foundation Level 1 qualification OR first full Level 2 qualification OR first full Level 3 qualification.
If you are not sure about the meaning of any of these terms or the level of the qualifications you already hold, please speak to a member of our Learner Services Team.
For most courses, there are no course fees if you are currently receiving a Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) benefit. That is:
- You are currently an unemployed learner (studying less than 16 hours per week) and receiving contribution based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) OR
- You are currently unemployed and receiving income based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) OR
- You are currently employed and receiving Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
For most courses, there are no course fees if you are currently unemployed and receiving certain income based benefits and can sign a declaration that you need skills training to enter employment. That is:
- You are receiving Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Universal Credit OR
- You are the partner of someone receiving Working Tax Credit OR
- You are, or your partner is, receiving Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit only) OR
- You are an unwaged dependant (using Job Centre Plus definition) of someone in the previous six bullet points above OR
- You are an asylum seeker receiving income based benefit/assistance, or their dependant.
Please note that Incapacity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Child Tax Credit or Care Allowance do not give entitlement to zero course fees in this section.
If you qualify for no course fees under any of the methods above, this means that there will be no compulsory charges and you will be able to complete your course and obtain your qualification without paying anything. However, you may have to pay fees for optional additional activities available as part of your course or in the College. You may be eligible for help with costs to travel to College for your course and a contribution towards the cost of childcare you incur as a result of attending your course. Please ask a member of the Learner Services team for information about how you can obtain this support. You will also need to demonstrate your commitment to studying and to completing your course. You will still be liable for and must pay any fines or other penalty charges imposed under the College Regulations.
To claim no course fees, you will need to enrol in person at the College and produce supporting evidence of your entitlement.
Evidence required to support entitlement to a zero course fee
Current acceptable evidence of entitlement to zero fees must be produced at the time you enrol. It is your responsibility to inform us if your financial circumstances subsequently change. Examples of acceptable evidence are:
For Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) benefits (JSA or ESA):
- A document showing you still receive JSA or ESA dated within the last 3 months.
- A standard letter which the College can produce regarding JSA or ESA, once it has been stamped by your Benefit/JCP office.
For Unemployed and receiving benefits:
- A document showing you still receive income support.
- A Job Centre Plus/DWP letter with income support details, dated within the last 3 months.
- An older Job Centre Plus/DWP letter plus recent full bank statement showing benefit amounts.
- A housing or Council Tax Benefit letter for the current year from your council.
Course fees and Discounts
If you do not qualify for the no course fee concession, but are eligible for some funding from the Government, then you will need to pay the course fee quoted alongside the course in the course guide or online as your contribution to the cost of the course.
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.