Fees and Funding

2019/20 college tuition fees for UK & EU students 

You will not have to pay tuition fees if you fall into one of the categories below at the time you enrol on your course; you must also meet the necessary residency criteria and your course has to be eligible for Government funding (PLEASE NOTE that if your course is not eligible for Government funding you will have to pay the full cost of the course)

(NB: Guidance generated using Draft ESFA Funded Adult Education Budget Funding Rules – March 2019. Please be aware that the information below can change as the ESFA issue new guidance.)

Level 1 & Level 2 courses

The following students will not have to pay tuition fees: 

  • Students aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2019 
  • Students aged 19 to 23 on 1st September 2019, who do not already have a full level 2 qualification (e.g. 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, or grade 4 and above) and are enrolling on the following courses only:
    • C&G Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food & Beverage Services (FT)
    • VTCT Level 2 Diploma In Hair And Media Make-Up 
  • Students in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)* 
  • Students in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA)* 
  • Students in receipt of Universal Credit*, and their earned income from employment (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 per month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner). 
  • Students who receive other state benefits* and their earned income (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (learner is sole adult in the benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner); want to be employed, or progress into more sustainable employment, and the identified learning is directly relevant to employment prospects and the local labour market needs. 
  • Students who are employed or self-employed and earns less than £16,009.50 annual gross annual salary. Proof of salary must be shown to qualify for this category. (Proof of income must be presented at enrolment such as a wage slip, a Universal credit statement within three months of the start date of the course, or a current employment contract that states gross monthly/annual wages.) 
  • Students released on temporary licence, studying outside a prison environment, and not funded by the Ministry of Justice  

* For us to assess your entitlement, you must bring your benefit letter to enrolment. It must be in your name and dated within the last three months. If you only have a letter older than three months, please bring this along with you, together with your most recent bank statement. This should contain visible evidence that you are still in receipt of benefit payments.  We must be able to see from the statement that the bank account is in your name and that the payment details match those on your benefit letter.

If you do not fall into one of the categories for tuition fee waivers you will have to pay the tuition fees for the course. The fees can be paid in four instalments, the first instalment must be paid when you enrol, then 3 further instalments in November, February and April. Tuition fees can be found here. 

Level 3 courses

The following students will not have to pay tuition fees: 

  • Students aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2019 
  • Students aged 19 to 23 on 1st September 2019, enrolling on the following courses, who do not already have a full level 3 qualification e.g. 2 A Levels: 
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business
    • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) (VRQ)
    • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision 
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Travel and Tourism
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism with Languages
    • VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Studies
    • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
    • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up
    • Access to HE (Social Science and Health) 

If you do not fall into one of the categories above you will have to pay the tuition fees for the course. If you are aged 19 and over on the first day of your course you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. This is a non-means tested loan available from the UK Government to pay the tuition fees of full level 3 qualifications (course exclusions apply**). The loan is paid directly to UCB to cover the cost of your tuition, and does not have to be repaid until you are earning over £25,725 a year. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan please visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.   

**The following courses are not eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan:

CACHE Level 3 Award Health & Social Care   

If you are paying your own fees you can either pay in full at enrolment, or payment can be made in 4 equal instalments: instalments are due by the end of October, January, March and May. Tuition fees can be found here.

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to bring to enrolment?
Can I pay my tuition fees in instalments?
Can I apply for a student loan to cover the cost of my tuition fees?
What do I need to do if my employer is going to pay my tuition fees?
Where can I go for advice about Further Education tuition fees?

 

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