College Fees and Funding

2020/21 Further Education tuition fees for UK and 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 ESFA Funded Adult Education Budget Funding Rules Version 1  – May 2020 and the West Midlands Combined Authority Adult Education Budget Funding Rules 2020/21 – July 2020. Please be aware that the information below can change as the ESFA or WMCA issue new guidance.)

For students who live within the West Midlands Combined Authority

Level 1 and Level 2 courses

The following students will not have to pay tuition fees: 

  • Students aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2020
  • Students aged 19 to 23 on 1st September 2020, 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
  • NB: If you are aged 19-23 and do not already have a level 2 qualification, you will have to pay for your tuition fees unless you do one of the two courses above.
  • Students who are employed or self-employed and earns less than £18,135 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 who are unemployed. The definition of unemployed for these purposes is: Not working, looking for work in the last four weeks and available to start work. The course that you choose to undertake must be relevant to your employment prospects.
  • Economically inactive, i.e. Jobless people who have not been looking for work within the last four weeks. Examples of economically inactive people include people not looking for work because they are students, looking after the family or home, because of illness or disability, or because they have retired.  You must be seeking to secure work through re-training as ‘unemployed’. The learning must be directly relevant to your future career aspirations.

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. 

Level 3 courses

The following students will not have to pay tuition fees: 

  • Students aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2020
  • Students aged 19 to 23 on 1st September 2020, enrolling on the following courses, who do not already have a full level 3 qualification e.g. 2 A Levels, 90 credit diploma:
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business and Finance
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Computing
    • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business and Finance
    • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business
    • Pearson BTEC National Certificate in Business
    • C&G Level 3 Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Supervision (FT)
    • Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma In Hospitality Year 1
    • Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma In Hospitality Year 2
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health)
    • VTCT Level 3 Diploma In Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair And Media Make-Up
    • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry (VTCT Theatrical)
  • Students on the courses above aged 24+ who do not already have a full level 3 qualification and are unemployed or on a low wage, as per the definition above, may also be funded by the WMCA.

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 - see below). The loan is paid directly to University College Birmingham 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. 

For students who live outside the West Midlands Combined Authority and outside any other devolved area

Level 1 and Level 2 courses

The following students will not have to pay tuition fees:

  • Students aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2020
  • Students aged 19 to 23 on 1st September 2020, 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
  • NB: If you are aged 19-23 and do not already have a level 2 qualification, you will have to pay for your tuition fees unless you do one of the two courses above.
  • 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 £17,004 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 provide your benefit letter to FISU, either in person at enrolment, or via the online methods made available to you. 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/upload this, together with the relevant section of 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. Once checked, we will remove these copies from our systems as we will not need to keep them.

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.

Level 3 courses

The following students will not have to pay tuition fees:

  • Students aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2020
  • Students aged 19 to 23 on 1st September 2020, enrolling on the following courses, who do not already have a full level 3 qualification e.g. 2 A Levels, 90 credit diploma:
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business and Finance
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Computing
    • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business and Finance
    • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business
    • Pearson BTEC National Certificate in Business
    • C&G Level 3 Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Supervision (FT)
    • Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma In Hospitality Year 1
    • Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma In Hospitality Year 2
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health)
    • VTCT Level 3 Diploma In Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair And Media Make-Up
    • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry (VTCT Theatrical)

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 - see below). 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.

FAQs

What do I need to bring to enrolment?

  1. If you were born in the UK or EU please bring your passport or your European Identity Card.  If you were born in the UK and do not have a passport please bring your birth certificate, however, we may ask for additional evidence before we can complete your enrolment.

  2. If you were not born in the UK or EU, but have a British passport please bring this to enrolment.  If the passport is less than three years old please also bring your previous passport (if this was not a British passport please also bring the evidence requested below in point 3).

  3. If you were not born in the UK or EU and do not have a British passport please bring your non-UK passport, with either your biometric residence permit or Home Office letter confirming your residency status in the UK.  If your current passport does not contain your residency status (which confirms your current leave to remain in the UK) you must also bring the passport which contains this. 

  4. If your leave to remain in the UK is dependent upon a family member, in addition to the information requested in point 3, please bring your family member’s passport, with either their biometric residency permit or Home Office letter confirming their residency status in the UK. Please also bring proof of your relationship to this person e.g. birth certificate or marriage certificate.

  5. If you are an asylum seeker please bring with you your Application Registration Card.


Please note: If your name is now different to the one on the documentation above, you also need to bring evidence to support your name change e.g. marriage certificate, official deed poll document recorded at the Royal Courts of Justice or a change of name confirmation from a registered/qualified solicitor.

During enrolment, it may occasionally be necessary to make checks with the Home Office, for which we will need your permission.

Can I pay my tuition fees in instalments?

If you are paying your own fees you can either pay in full at enrolment, or payment can be made in 4 equal instalments:

Level 1 & 2 courses - the first instalment must be paid when you enrol, then 3 further instalments in November, February and April.

Level 3 courses – instalments are due by the end of October, January, March and May.

Can I apply for a student loan to cover the cost of my tuition fees?

If you are aged 19 and over on the first day of your course and want to study a full level 3 qualification, but are not entitled to fee remission, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. This is a non-means tested loan and is 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: 

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What do I need to do if my employer is going to pay my tuition fees?

If your fees are being paid by your employer please bring a letter, on headed paper, from your employer confirming this and clearly stating who the invoice should be raised to.

Where can I go for advice about Further Education tuition fees?

If you have any questions about the information contained on this page please contact our Finance Department on 0121 232 4013.