Financial Support

Fees and financial assistance

If you have difficulty meeting the cost of a course we may be able to help you.

Tuition Fee Remission

If one of the following applies to you, and you provide the necessary evidence at enrolment, then you will not have to pay tuition fees.*

  • You, or your partner, are in receipt of the new Working Tax Credit and have a household income of less than £15,050, subject to confirmation. Award Notice TC602 must be provided as evidence.
  • You are in receipt of another means tested benefit. Please note if you only receive the new Child Tax Credit you will not be eligible for Tuition Fee Remission.
  • You are unwaged and are dependent on someone in receipt of a means tested benefit.
  • You are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2010.
  • You are taking a programme where the learning aim is basic skills.
  • You are an asylum seeker in receipt of the equivalent of a means tested benefit.

Advance Learner Loan


If you are aged 19 or over and want to study A levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, a level 3 or 4 Certificate or Diploma, or an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship, you will need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course. A new loan scheme has been introduced by the government to help learners. The Advanced Learning Loan is easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check; this will replace 24+ Learning Loans.

Here are some key facts about the loan:

  • 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 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, but you can make voluntary payments at any time.
  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £21,000 before tax. For example if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month.
  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn.


To qualify you must be:

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age-limit).
  • 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.
  • Studying with a college or training organisation in England approved for public funding.
  • Enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 and above which includes: A levels, Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates, Advanced Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships.


You can apply online or download an application form at

  • Please contact one of our Faculty Support Managers on 01287 280250 if you require further advice.
  • It’s important you consider your own circumstances and look into all options for paying for the course before choosing to take out a loan. 

HOW MUCH CAN YOU GET?                                

The amount you can get depends on your course, the tuition fees charged by your college and maximum amounts set by the Government. The minimum loan amount is £300. You can take out a loan for the full course fee or you can pay all or part of the fee yourself.


Student Finance England will pay your agreed tuition fees to your college once they have confirmed your attendance on the course.


Repaying your Advanced Learning Loan is straightforward.

  • Your monthly repayments will be based on your income, not what you borrowed.
  • You’ll only start making repayments when your income is more than £21,000 per year.
  • You’ll only pay back 9% of any income above.

See the table below for examples of what you’ll repay:

  • If you’re self-employed you’ll be responsible for making student loan repayments as part of your annual self-assessment tax return.
  • If you’re employed, you don’t need to do anything. Your employer will take your repayments directly off your salary as they do with tax and national insurance contributions.
  • If you stop working, your repayments will stop and only start again when your income is more than £21,000 a year.
  • You’ll be due to start repaying your loan in the April after you leave or finish your course. If you leave or finish your course before April 2016, you won’t start making repayments until after this date.
  • Any loan remaining 30 years after you’re due to start making repayments will be wiped.

For further information regarding your possible entitlement, please contact Adrienne McCrae on 01287 280250.

*Please note you will still have to pay the £5 registration fee unless you are aged 16-18 or enrolled on a free course.

The registration fee of £5 is payable just once in an academic year, no matter how many courses you take.

Fee remission does not cover examination fees but you may be able to obtain assistance with their cost from the College’s Learner Support Fund.

The Course Information Sheet includes information on course content, and material required and examination fees. Please contact us for a copy.