Funding & Loans

One of the biggest factors in deciding whether to return to education is the cost. If you’re under 19 years old courses are free. If you’re 19 years old or over, you’ll find the costs can vary depending on your circumstances and the type of course you are studying.

Outlined below is information about eligibility for fee remission, loans and learner support funds.

For more information about the costs of studying, please contact one of our careers advisors.  Our Careers Advisers are available Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm and 8.30am – 4.30pm on Friday or by appointment. To arrange an appointment, please call us on 01207 585 900.


Don’t let worries about paying for your course hold you back... If you are aged 19 or over and applying to study at Level 3 or above, you could be eligible for a student loan.

An Advanced Learner Loan covers the cost of your course fees and is easy to apply for. It doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.  Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.

You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000 a year. Until then you don’t need to payback anything.

If you receive a loan to study for an Access to HE course, and then move on to do a HE course, your loan for your Access course will be written off once you complete your  HE qualification.

Do I qualify for a loan?

To qualify for a loan you must:
• Be aged 19 or over at the start of your course
• Be resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of your course
• Be studying an eligible course at level 3 or above

Applying for an Advanced Learner Loan is easy...To download an application form or for more information please visit or telephone 0300 100 0619

The College will provide you with the course information you need to complete your application.

If you are aged 19-23 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, you will be entitled to receive free tuition and won’t need to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

However, if you already have a full Level 3 qualification, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Your course is free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31st August 2016
  • Aged 19-23 on 1st day of learning studying below Level 2 where entitled to full Level 2 qualification, but need a step up from basic skills to progress to a full Level 2
  • Aged 19-23 on 1st day of learning studying first full Level 2 qualification
  • Learner aged 19-23 on 1st day of learning studying first full Level 3 qualification
  • In receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance in Work Related Activity Group (ESA (WRAG)) and studying Level 2 or below
  • In receipt of Universal Credit because unemployed and mandated to undertake skills training and studying Level 2 or below
  • Learner studying first full Level 3 qualification that has left the British Armed Forces after completing 4 or more years of service or been medically discharged due to injury in active service after completed basic training

The discretionary learner support funds provide financial support to students to help them access further education. The funds are prioritised for those who face financial hardship and are subject to eligibility requirements.

They can be used to help with:

  • Essential course items
  • Childcare costs (provider must be registered with Ofsted)
  • Travel costs for students over 19 years old
  • Course fees


For more information, please contact our Student Financial Support Administrator on 01207 585 900.