Finance Students aged 19+
Free or Discounted Courses
The flow chart and the information below shows whether you will be required to pay course fees. If you meet one or more of the criteria listed below you are exempt from paying:
- You are unemployed and in receipt of Job Seeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or any other benefit. (Level 1 and 2 courses only)
- You are employed and in receipt of either Working Tax Credits with income below £16,190, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit. Evidence must be provided. (Level 1 and 2 courses only)
- You are undertaking a level 1 course which is required for progression to level 2 (aged 19-23 only)
- You are undertaking your first full level 2 course (aged 19-23 only)
- You are undertaking your first full level 3 course (aged 19-23 only)
- You are undertaking a Skill Start 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.
- 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 £21,000 a year
- You pay back 9% of any income above £21,000
- So if you earn £22,000 a year your loan contribution will be £7.50 a month
- 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.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans.
If you require further information on the loans please contact Student Services, by calling 0113 222 6002 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.