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If you are aged 19+ you are normally expected to pay for your tuition fees unless any of the following apply to you:
This applies to UK / European Economic Area residents only. Please note that exam and other fees may be payable.
For fee paying students you may be able to pay in instalments, please contact the College Finance Officer for details on 0113 222 6024.
Benefits and Studying
Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Full-time students cannot normally receive JSA. To study and claim JSA you will need to be:
To find out more about JSA or to claim please contact Jobcentre Plus on 0800 055 6688, their opening hours are Mon – Fri 08.00 -18.00.
If you are claiming Income Support, you may be able to study full time. Your benefit will not normally be affected if you are 19 or over and are a lone parent. For more information Leeds based students can contact an advisor on 0113 226 2181.
New Deal for Lone Parents
Jobcentre Plus provides a package of support for lone parents which can include attendance at College. For more information please contact your local Jobcentre Plus office and ask to speak to a “lone parent advisor”.
Financial Support Schemes
Learner Support Fund
The fund is used to assist students who may be experiencing financial hardship to complete their course, and it is only able to make contributions towards costs incurred for attending College and where there is no other financial support available.
It is cash-limited and priority will be given to certain groups e.g. students who are economically or socially disadvantaged.
Payments are not released until a student is enrolled and has good attendance. For more information please speak to Student Services
Professional Career Development Loans
These loans are operated by some of the major banks and are for work-related learning, you can apply to borrow between £300 and £10,000, but please be aware that interest is payble on the loan. Please note students need to be over 18 and have lived in the UK for 3 years. To find out more about Professional Career Development Loans click here.
Other Sources of Financial Support
There are various Trusts and Charities you may be able to apply to for help with studying. A list of these is provided below:
You could also consider the Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS), which offers a range of services providing information on funding from charitable trusts for people in post-16 education. There is a limited telephone information service open from 2 pm to 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only, please call 020 7241 7459. More information on EGAS can be found by clicking here.
For further information help or advice contact Student Services on 0113 222 6002.