Fees & financial help

We aim to make our courses affordable and offer students advice on how they can pay for fees.

Your course could be free if:

  • You are employed and your salary is less than £17,004 and you are applying for a level 1 or 2 course
  • You are aged 19-23, and you are applying for a level 1 course which is required for progression to level 2
  • You are aged 19-23, and you are applying for your first full level 2 or 3 course
  • You are unemployed and receive Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit and you apply for a level 1 or 2 course
  • Your income is below £20,000, you receive Income Support, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit and you apply for a level 1 or 2 course

This applies to UK / European Economic Area residents only. Please note that exam and other fees may be payable.

Learner Support Fund

The fund is used to assist students who may be experiencing financial hardship and contributes towards costs incurred for attending College. It is cash-limited and priority will be given to economically or socially disadvantaged students, for more information please speak to Student Services.

Advanced Learner Loans

Help take the financial worry away from studying with an Advanced Learner Loan.

Key facts:

  • Help pay for your level 3, 4, 5 & 6 course fees
  • It's easy to apply
  • Your household income isn't taken into account
  • There is no credit check
  • You won't have to pay anything back until your income is over £26,575 a year
  • You pay back 9% of any income above £27,295 a year, £2,274 a month or £524 a week
  • There is a useful loan repayment calculator here
  • If you stop working, your repayments will also stop
  • You start repaying your loan in the April after you leave your course

You can apply online or by post, first you will need to check with the College that the course qualifies, we will then provide you with a Learning and Funding Information letter.

For the full eligibility criteria and all the latest information go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan. 

If you require further information on the loans please contact the Finance Team, by calling 0113 222 6094 or by emailing info@lcb.ac.uk

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:

  • The Educational Grants Directory
  • The Charities Digest
  • The Grants Register
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts

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 2pm 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.