Tameside College

BELIEVE & ACHIEVE

Funding your Studies

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.

Funding Guide

N No Financial Support

Fees are payable by all students. Discounted fees are not available.

1 Entry or Level 1

If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, tuition fees will be waived.

2F Full Level 2

If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, tuition fees will be waived.

2 Other Level 2

If you are aged 19 or over, meet the unemployed criteria, or earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, and already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, tuition fees will be waived.
If you are aged 19 or over and don’t meet the unemployed criteria, and already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, tuition fees are payable.
If you are aged 19-23 and do not already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, full fees are payable.
If you are aged 24+ and meet the unemployed criteria, or earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, tuition fees will be waived.
If you are aged 24+ and don’t meet the unemployed criteria, or earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, tuition fees are payable.

3F Full Level 3

If you are aged between 19-23 and you don’t have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels, tuition fees will 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

Tuition fees will be waived if:
(Not in paid employment)
You are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group)
OR,
You are in receipt of Universal Credit, and are determined by Job Centre Plus as being in one of the following groups:
// All Work Related Requirements Group
// Work Preparation Group
// Work Focused Interview Group
(In paid employment)
You receive a means tested benefit accepted by the college; are working less than 16 hours per week and have a weekly income of less than 16 times the appropriate age-related minimum wage or £338 per month (individual claims) or £541 per month (household claims).
OR,
You earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary
AND the course you are studying will help you find or improve your employment
This also applies to all courses labelled level 1 or 2F.

A Other Level 3 or above. Not H.E

If you are aged 19+ at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner loan.

H Higher Education

Financial support could be available through Student Finance England.

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.


Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 or over and studying at Level 3 or above you can apply for an Advanced Learner 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 £480 per week; £2,083 per month or £25,000 per year.

Click here for more information about Advanced Learner Loans

Support For Students On Low Incomes Or In Financial Hardship

Even if you don’t meet the requirements for free study, you could still get help with your course fees through the adult support fund.



Financial Support

If you are studying on a course which is Government funded you may be able to get help towards costs such as books, travel, equipment and childcare. Contact The Student Hub on 0161 908 6789 for further information.



Tuition fee 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 £480 a week, £2,083 a month or £25,000 per year. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance or call: 0300 100 0607.