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 you must be 18 or under on 31st August in the academic year you start College and fall under one (or more) of the requirements:

  • 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

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

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. 

Access to Higher Education

(including Foundation Diploma in Art & Design)

Student Bursary

Available to students aged 18 years old and over. The College’s Student Bursary is there to help eligible students with travel to and from college, college lunches, essential course equipment, uniforms, and compulsory trips. The amount you can receive depends on your family’s household income. Please contact us for more information

Childcare Support

Care to Learn is available for students up to the age of 20 years old.

If you are a young parent you may be eligible for help with child care costs of up to £160 per-child per-week. Please contact us for more information or visit Care to Learn.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

Available to students 19 – 23 years old. The College has limited funding to offer students experiencing financial hardship to help with course related costs, including tuition fees, childcare (aged 20+), travelling to and from College, and essential course related equipment, materials and field trips. For more information about the Discretionary Learner Support Fund, the types of awards available, eligibility and how to apply, please contact us on 0161 296 5000

24+ Advanced Learner Loan

Learners aged 24 plus and studying courses at Level 3 or Level 4 will from now have the option of accessing a loan to cover the cost of their tuition fees for all Access courses.

University Centre

Our Higher Education tuition fees are lower than most UK universities’ fees and represent great value for money.

Funding Available

As a full-time or part-time student you can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees. Full-time and part-time students applying for a Higher Education course starting in September 2019 do not have to pay their tuition fees in advance. If you are eligible, your fees will be automatically paid to the College by the Student Loans Company

Maintenance Loans

You may also be eligible for a loan to help cover the cost of living as a student. You may have to give details of your household income when you apply as this can affect the amount you are given. This loan is paid directly to you in three instalments, which you will have to pay back after you finish studying.

Student Finance England has produced a step-by-step guide to help you through your student finance journey Gov.uk/Student-Finance

Repayment

You only make loan repayments once you have left your course and your annual Income is over £25,000 a year. The amount you repay will depend on your income, not what you have borrowed. The table on page 9 gives some further examples of what your repayment might be.

Additional Costs

Additional costs are the mandatory or optional expenses you may need to pay during your studies. These can be for materials, equipment, field trips and work placements, and are not included in your tuition fee. Additional costs are displayed on each course page on the College website.

September 2019 do not have to pay their tuition fees in advance. If you are eligible, your fees will be automatically paid to the College by the Student Loans Company.