Funding & 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

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16-18 Students

Students aged 16-18 do not pay any tuition, registration or exam fees, but may be required to purchase course related resources during their studies.

16-18 Bursary

To be eligible for the 16 - 18 bursary applicants must have applied for, been offered or have accepted a place on a full-time further education course of at least 12 hours per week. Applicants must be aged over 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August 2019 or be aged 19-24 and have an EHC plan (Educational Healthcare Plan).

Eligible:

  • Looked After Child
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support/Universal Credit in your own right
  • Receiving both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment

Students eligible for the bursary will receive £1,200 for the year paid monthly. We as a College will also consider awarding the bursary to young carers.

Learner Support Fund

Younger students can apply to the Learner Support Fund for additional help with the costs of course related travel and other costs. It should be noted that funds are limited and no awards can be guaranteed to students.

Free College Meals

The Government has extended the student free meals support to students from lower income families attending further education courses.

This means that if you were in receipt of free meals whilst at school and are aged 16 - 18, you may still receive an allowance towards your lunch. In order to be eligible, you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit with a gross income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run on — paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (with income under £616.67 per month)

If you think you may be eligible, please call into Student Services to see a member of the Student Finance team.

Childcare Expenses

If you are a young parent you may be eligible for help with childcare costs of up to £160 per child per week. For more information about this support, please contact the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 for further information and an application pack.

Childcare Expenses, including travel expenses to and from a childcare provider for young parents aged 16-18 can be accessed through the national Care2Learn scheme

Our Pass Travel Scheme

Available from July, ‘Our Pass’ is a free bus travel scheme for 16-18 year olds who live and travel within the Greater Manchester area. Visit www.ourpass.co.uk for more information on the scheme and to apply.

‘Our Pass’ replaces bursary financial assistance for bus travel for students within the Greater Manchester area.

Please note: if you use an ‘Our Pass’ for journeys to and from college, you will not be eligible for a travel contribution from the bursary.

An ‘Our Pass’ will cost £10 and this fee will be reimbursed by the College, if you are eligible for the bursary, live more than 2 miles from the college, and use an ‘Our Pass’ for your college journeys.

If you live outside the Greater Manchester area or have to use alternative transport methods you may be eligible for financial support for travel, please contact Student Services to discuss with a Financial Support Officer.

(contact details are on the back of these guidelines).

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

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

Repayments Explained

  • 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.