The support you can receive depends on your circumstances and your course,
the fee remission categories are based on current Further Education Government funding criteria. Funding eligibility can and does change rapidly. While we make every effort to maintain the accuracy of this information, we reserve the right to apply the criteria as it exists at the time of your enrolment.
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M English and Maths
GCSE Maths, GCSE English and Functional Skills course fees may be free if you haven't already obtained a grade C or above in these subjects.
2 Full Level 2
If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, tuition fees may be waived.
3 Full Level 3
If you are aged between 19-23 and you don’t have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels, tuition fees may be waived. If aged 19 or over and do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
G Government Funded
If you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group), tuition fees will be waived. If you are in receipt of Universal Credit, Income Support or are unemployed with an income of less than £300 per month and in one of the following JCP groups:
- All Work Related Requirements Group
- Work Preparation Group
- Work Focused Interview Group
the course you are studying will help you find employment, your tuition fees will be waived.
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 or over and studying at Level 3 or above you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan, to help with the cost of your course.
Loans are not dependent on your income and do not affect any benefits you may receive. It’s easy to apply and you will only start making repayments when your income is more than £404 per week; £1,750 per month or £21,000 per year.
Click here for more information about Advanced Learner Loans
Entitlement to Free Enrolment
If you fit into any of the categories below and you are studying a course which is supported by the Government (except higher education courses), you may not be required to pay tuition fees.
- You are aged 16-18 years old
- You are unemployed, looking for work and studying a course which enhances your employment prospects, and are in receipt of any of the following benefits (for learners aged 19 and over this only applies to courses at level 2 and below):
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance
- Income Support
- You are aged 19-23 and studying an Entry Level or Level 1 course, but don’t have a full Level 2 qualification and are studying in order to progress to a Level 2 course
- You are aged 19-23 and are studying a Level 2 course, but don’t have a full Level 2 qualification
- You are aged 19-23 and are studying a Level 3 course, but don’t have a full Level 3 qualification
To find out whether you qualify for free study, contact us on 0161 908 6789
Tuition Loans for Higher Education (HE) Courses
New part-time and full-time students enrolling on HE courses are eligible for a student loan to cover tuition fees. Loans are not dependent on your income and do not affect any benefits you may receive. They accrue interest at a preferential rate and are not repayable until you are earning more than £404 a week, £1750 a month or £21,000 per year.
For more information visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance or call: 0300 100 0607.