Money worries should never be a reason not to come to college. We may be able to provide financial assistance, depending on your circumstances.
You may be entitled to a FREE STUDY PROGRAMME (charges for personal materials or equipment may still apply) if you are:
- aged 16-18
- aged 19-23 studying for an Entry Level or Level One qualification, having not previously obtained a Level Two qualification
- aged 19-23 studying for your first full Level Two or Level Three qualification
- aged 19-23 studying for certain first Level Four qualifications, having not previously obtained a Level Three qualification
- in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance
- in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance – Work Related Activity Group (WRAG)
- in receipt of universal credit because you are unemployed, and you are required to undertake skills training
- unemployed and in receipt of a state benefit, seeking to enter employment and undertaking relevant skills training to do so
- studying for GCSE English and Maths or an approved English or Maths qualification, for those without these subjects at GCSE grade C or above
- studying for your first full level three qualification having left the British Armed Forces (conditions apply).
Guaranteed Bursary Scheme
Guaranteed Bursaries of £1200 per annum are available to young people in or leaving care, or in receipt of particular benefits. If you are aged 16-18, but do not qualify for the guaranteed bursary, you may be eligible for a standard bursary which could include monthly travel funding and course materials, if you are from a low income household.
Discretionary Bursary Scheme
If you are aged 19 or over and have a household income of below £21,000 per annum you can apply to this fund for help with particular costs of study (excluding course fees). You may be able to access funding for childcare, travel, books and essential course materials.
Further information can be found on the Direct Gov Website
Learner Support Fund
We have a Learner Support Fund which is available to help you with the cost of studying. A travel subsidy may also be available if you live some distance away from the College and are not eligible for help from your local authority. Please phone us on 0800 614016 or call in and speak to a student advisor for further information and advice.
Student Loan Information
The start of the new academic year is a busy time for students, universities and colleges and the Student Loans Company (SLC) as the first instalments of student finance payments are processed.
SLC wants to help you to advise your students about what they need to do get paid.
The start of term also means getting your student finance paid. Your tuition fee loan will be paid in three instalments direct to your university or college. Maintenance grants and loans will also be paid at the same intervals throughout the academic year direct to the bank account that you have detailed in your account. First job –make sure your bank account details are up to date!
You can do this by logging on to your online account at www.gov.uk/studentfinance and go to My Account>Update bank details.
Here’s the SFE Payment Checklist to help make sure those funds transfer, in and around the start of term:
• You’ve submitted your application and all the correct supporting evidence. Our FAQs at www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance will help if you’ve got a question!
• You’ve signed and returned your declaration form
• You’ve registered at university/college
• Your university/college has confirmed your attendance to us
• You’ve allowed a few working days for the funds to be paid into your bank account
Your online account is a ‘one stop shop’ to find out about the status of your student finance account. It will detail your entitlement, the dates you will be paid and how much. You can also keep your bank details and address up to date too. Want to know what your ‘Application Payment Status’ means?
Blocked – new students’ loan payments are “blocked” while Student Finance England confirms your National Insurance number (NINO) with the Department for Work and Pensions. The block is automatically removed as soon as your NINO is confirmed. Payments may also be blocked if you have not supplied Student Finance England with your bank details or we’re checking the bank details you’ve provided. If you have not provided bank details, do this online now and make sure payments are not unnecessarily delayed.
Approved – Student Finance England has assessed your application for finance and once your university has confirmed your attendance, your funds will be released. Not all universities send confirmation of attendance the day you register; it could be a few days later. Keep an eye on your online account and call us if your payment status doesn’t change to ‘submitted’ a few days after registration.
Submitted – the payment has been prepared and will normally be paid within three or four working days.
Paid – the payment has successfully been paid and will be in your bank account in due course.
Late Student Finance Applications
SFE want to make sure that you have student finance available to you at the start of term. They will initially assess how much funding you receive without taking your household income into account.
SFE still fully assess your application based on household income once they’ve received and processed all of the information and evidence you send.
Applications can be made at www.gov.uk/studentfinance
19+ Advanced Learning Loans
Government loans are available to support those who are aged 19 and over and studying a Government funded full level, Further Education qualification up to Level 3,
excluding full cost courses. You should also be ordinarily resident in the UK and Channel Islands for the 3 years prior to the start of your course. You should exercise your
entitlement to other forms of financial support before making an application.
Eligibility rules apply, but most people who are aged 19 or over and have been offered a place on an eligible course will be able to apply for a 19 + Advanced Learning Loan.
If you decide to take out a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan, this means that you will not need to pay any tuition fees at enrolment. You won’t need to pay anything back until you’re earning over £21,000 a year. Loans are not means tested and don’t take into account your credit history.
The repayments are designed to be affordable; you will only repay a small percentage per month of the amount you earn over the £21,000 threshold.
How to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
You make an application through the following Government website (see link below). But first:
- Check with us that the course qualifies.
- Then ask us for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter – you need this to complete the application. It contains the details about your course.
Download/view information about:
Data Protection Statement
UK passport details form
Birth or Adoption Certificate Loan
Evidence return form
Loan request form
You can find out more out repaying the loan here.
Part Time Courses
Students on part time courses can also apply for the Learner Support Fund.
The discretionary Learner Support Fund is available for students over 19. This can help with travel, course materials and emergency support. In addition to this, there is a childcare fund.
This information applies only to students living in England. If you are a student living in Wales you should visit the Welsh Assembly Government web site at www.learning.wales.gov.uk/students for the latest information.
If you are going into higher education, you can get financial support from the Government. The two main sources of help are:
- Student loans from the government
- Grants to help with living costs
For further information on student loans, grants and the application process please download the leaflets on the right and visit the Student Finance England website where you will find a step by step guide to applying for the finance available to you.
Learner Support Fund
Higher education students may also be eligible to apply for assistance from the Learner Support Fund in case of emergency. Please visit student services at the Amersham or High Wycombe campuses for more information.
For more information about funding your studies if you are aged 19 years old or over, please phone us on 0800 614016 or call in and speak to a student advisor for further information and advice.
What will we charge?
Higher Education fees for 2015-16
Full time higher education fees for 2015-16 are £5950.
For part time and/or overseas students tuition fees please contact us.
All fees are charged on a per annum basis.