Funding and Finance
There are a range of financial support services available to all students to support with the cost of education.
For more information about course fees please contact our Customer Services department on 0161 296 5000.
19+ Adult Learners
Full Time and Part Time Tuition Fees differ from course to course, together with the support which may be available.
Tuition Fees are payable by adult students unless the following applies:
- You are studying your first Level 1 or 2 qualification and you are aged 19-23 years on the day you start the course not the day you enrol.
- This is your first level 3 qualification and you are aged 19-23 on the day that you start the course not the day you enrol.
- You are studying up to Level 2 and you are unemployed and in receipt of any of the following welfare benefits: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance
- You are studying up to level 2 and you are employed (full or part time) and your annual gross salary is less than £15,736.50.
19+ Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 - 23 on Level 3 or 4 course and already hold a Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the Tuition Fees. Any exam/registration fees will not be covered by the loan.
If you are aged 24 and over on Level 3 or 4 course you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the Tuition Fees. Any exam/registration fees will not be covered by the loan.
If you are in receipt of an Advanced Learning Loan, and you live in a low income household or receiving benefits, you can apply to the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund for additional help with the costs of course related travel, childcare and other costs.
If you are aged 19 and over and are looking to study a Level 3 or above Further Education course, you may be able to apply for a low-interest 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of tuition fees for courses.
Advanced Learner Loans don’t depend on your income, there are no credit checks and you don’t need to repay anything until you’ve finished your course and are earning over £21,000 a year.
Many of the Adult and Part Time Courses available at College offer the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan option. To see if your course qualifies take a look at our Adult and Part -Time Course guide. All courses that have a green arrow indicate they are available on a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan option.
To be eligible to apply for the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, you need to be:
- Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
- Starting your course on or after 1 August 2016
- Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this
- UK or EU National
- Studying at an approved College or training organisation in England
- Enrolling onto an eligible course at Level 3 and above which includes: full Level 3 and above qualifications which are approved for public funding. These include A-Levels, Access to HE Diplomas and other Diplomas and Certificates
- You do not pay any course fees upfront
- You will only have to start making repayments the April after you have completed your course and are earning over £21,000 a year (which is £404 a week or £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything
- If your income drops below £21,000 – loan repayments stop
- Each month you pay back 9% of any income over £21,000. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month
- You can make voluntary repayments at any time
For more information about 19+ Advanced Learner Loans and how to apply, visit Student Finance England and www.gov.uk.
Learner Support Fund
Adult students on courses up to Level 2 from low income households or receiving benefits can apply to the Learner Support Fund for additional help with the costs of course related travel, childcare and other costs. It should be noted that these funds are limited and no awards can be guaranteed to students.
Childcare Expenses and Council Tax Exemption
Help with childcare costs
If you need assistance with the cost of childcare while you are at College, you may be eligible for help by applying through the Learner Support Fund or the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary.
Awards will be made to eligible students based on income levels in the household and using an Ofsted registered childcare provider to help with the costs whilst on the course.
Council tax exemption
Any full time student aged 18 and over can also apply for Council Tax Exemption from their Local Authority. Council Tax Exemption Certificates are available from the Enrolment Booths within Student Services.
Support with Funding and Finance for Higher Education
Our Higher Education tuition fees are lower than most UK universities’ fees and represent great value for money. We also offer extra financial support through bursaries and other funds.
The College offers a limited number of Scholarship Awards made up of a cash grant of £1000 for first year full time students and £500 cash grant for first year part time students. The awards are paid in February and May. Students are eligible if their household income up to £25,000 and have to demonstrate a commitment to study through attendance and engagement with study.
Am I eligible for funding?
Funding is available to students on lower incomes to help meet costs associated with their course and coming to college, with several different options available, depending on the type and level of study.
Remember, our Student Financial Support Team is ready and waiting to help with information, advice and support on a range of fees and finance issues related to your study.
Find out more about student finance by visiting Student Finance England