Reduced Course Fees
Information on reduced course fees
The College is committed to enabling access to education for all learners. Our course 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.
This is a discount of 70% or 100% that can be claimed by learners in the following groups:
(a) Level 2 entitlement
Level 2 entitlement covers learners aged 19-23 on 31 August 2019 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
Level 3 entitlement covers learners aged 19-23 on 31 August 2019 who do not hold a full Level 3 qualification and are enrolling on to a Level 3 qualification-based course (excluding ESOL).
(c) Unemployed and on wider state benefits, needing skills training to enter employment*
This covers learners who are in receipt of one of the following:
- 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.
(d) Employed Learners on a Low Wage*
This covers learners enrolling on an accredited course who are in employment but have a gross annual wage/earnings of less than £20,962
*evidence required – see below
Please note: A small number of our courses are not supported by government funding and we are unable to offer concessions or fee reductions in these cases.
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.
Benefit Evidence – 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.
Low Waged – A wage slip(s) dated within the last 3 months or an employment contact which shows gross monthly or annual wages.
The above is not an exhaustive list of acceptable evidence. If you have any questions about whether your evidence is acceptable, please give us a call on 020 7255 4700 before coming to enrol.
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.
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 £25,000 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 2019, 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.