Fees and Finance

All students are required to pay a £20 College registration fee (with exception to Community, ESOL and Higher Education students, Apprentices and JCP referrals). The registration fee will give you £20 worth of printing on your student ID card and access to free car parking. Students can pay by cash or card and this fee is non-refundable.

16 – 18 Year Old Students

Students who are/will be 16, 17 or 18 on the 31 August in the calendar year when they begin a programme of study, will NOT pay tuition fees, examination fees for courses that are Level 3 and below, but all will pay a £20 registration fee.

Employer Sponsors

If your employer accepts responsibility for payment of your fees and wishes to pay upon receipt of an invoice from the College, we will require an official purchase order. Without a purchase order the student will be liable for the payment of any outstanding fees at the point of enrolment. If an employer has less than 50 employees they may be eligible to pay by instalments.

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learning Loans are available to individuals who are aged 19+ and who are studying qualifications at Level 3 to Level 6, may be eligible to apply to the Student Loans Company for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of their tuition fee and any registration or exam fees. Further information on Advanced Learning Loans is available at www.gov.uk/ advancedlearningloans.

Adult Students

Adult students eligible for fee remission are defined as those who are 19 or over at the start of the programme of study on a qualification(s) that is eligible to draw down funding from the Skills Funding Agency. The following extract from the SFA Adult education budget funding rules version 2 March 2016 details the level of government contribution that can be obtained depending upon the learners circumstances and the course studied. This includes details about the Advanced Learner Loan. The Level of government contribution we will fund is as follows.

Provision 19-23 Year-olds 24+ Unemployed 24+ Other
English and Maths up to and including Level 2 Fully funded* Fully funded* Fully funded*
Level 2 Fully funded (first and full) Fully funded Co-funded
Learning to progress to Level 2 Fully funded Fully funded Co-funded
Level 3 Fully funded (first and full)Loan-funded‡(previously achieved Level 3 or above) Loan-funded Loan-funded
Traineeship† Fully funded (including 24
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learning up to
and including Level 2
Fully funded – Unemployed
Fully funded Co-funded
Learning aims up to and including Level 2, where the learner has
already achieved at Level 2 or above
Fully funded – Unemployed
Fully funded Co-funded

*Must be delivered as one of the qualifications required for the legal entitlement.
†Excludes flexible element where funding depends on age and level.
‡Availability of loans at Level 3 does not replace a 19 to 23-year-old’s legal entitlement to full funding for a first full Level 3

HE Loans

Individuals who are studying for HNC/HND Top Up or Foundation Degree programmes may be eligible to apply to the Student Loans Company for an HE loan to cover the cost of their tuition fee. Further information on tuition fees can be found by clicking here.

For information on the college’s Refund Policy, please contact us on 0161 631 5000.

Financial Support

Financial support is available for adults attending all Vocational and HE courses to help with the cost of coming to college e.g. childcare, books equipment, etc. Please contact Student Services for details.