Further Education Finance

Tuition Fee information for Further Education applicants 

(We are currently waiting for the Department of Education to announce Further Education tuition fee guidance for 2017-18.) 

This information applies ONLY to new and continuing FE students, from England, Wales Scotland, Northern Ireland and other EU Countries.

This information does not apply to students from non-EU countries.

1 - Tuition fees for those aged 16 to 18 inclusive

Courses are FREE for Home and EU students who are under 19 on 31st August in the year in which you enrol.

2 - Tuition fees for those age 19 to 23 inclusive on the day they start for all learning up to and including level 2

Courses are free if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First full level 2 qualification
  • Receiving Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Receiving Employment and Support allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
  • Receiving Universal Credit because they are unemployed, and mandated (required) to undertake skills training
  • Released on temporary licence (RoTL), undertaking learning outside a prison environment and not funded through OLASS
  • Individuals who are unemployed and receiving any state benefits not listed above but who wants to enter employment and needs skills training in order to do so. This is at the University’s discretion and is aimed at removing barriers to work.

If you do not meet any of the above requirements, you will need to pay for your course.

Please note there are also benefit restrictions on studying full time and claiming certain benefits. See our FAQ’s page.

*Definition of “First full level 2 and Level 3 qualifications”:

This means that you cannot be funded for undertaking a qualification at the same level that you have already achieved, even if the subject area is different.

3 - Tuition fees for those age 24 plus inclusive on the day they start for level 2

Courses are free if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Receiving Job Seeker’s Allowance including those receiving National Insurance credits only
  • Receiving Employment and Support allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
  • Receiving Universal Credit because they are unemployed, and mandated (required) to undertake skills training
  • Released on temporary licence (RoTL), undertaking learning outside a prison environment and not funded through OLASS

4 - Tuition fees for those age 24 plus inclusive on the day they start for first full level 2 or first full level 3:

Courses are free if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Left the British armed forces in the past 10 years after completing four or more years of service, or
  • Been medically discharged from the British armed forces due to an injury in active service, after completing basic training

5 - Tuition fees aged 19 and over for level 3 courses

  • A fee waiver will be available to those who are studying their first level 3 qualification if they are aged below 24.
  • Those students who have already achieved a level 3 qualification will be able to apply for an ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN, to pay for their course. This is a type of student loan which is taken out by the student to cover the cost of the course, and paid directly to University. Students will only have to repay this loan when they leave the course and are earning more than £21,000 per year. If you earn less than this, you will not need to repay anything. Student Loans Company will write off the outstanding balance for a QAA Access to HE Diploma loan once a learner completes their subsequent HE course.

For more information about Advanced Learner Loans see:
www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Applicants for the Advanced Learner Loan need to input the Learning Aim Reference when asked for a Course Reference Number. The numbers are shown below by course:
Access to Higher Education – 40003280
Foundation – 50053164

If you are claiming a waiver because you receive benefits, you will need to provide proof of benefits at enrolment. This must be in the form of a recent awards letter. The proof you provide must be dated and show that you are currently in receipt of it. If you do not have written evidence please ask your local Jobcentre or Housing Benefit office to provide you with a letter confirming receipt of benefit. If you do not provide proof at enrolment you will be deemed liable for the full fee.

If the above criterion does not apply and you are liable for tuition fees, payment details and a link to our on-line payment page will be included in your enrolment letter.

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