Finance and Course Fees
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Many courses we offer are supported by fund from the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and from other sources, such as the European Social Fund. Skills & Learning must make responsible use of this funding and has a duty to ensure it is used to support learners who are committed to achieving. If you are on one of these courses staff at Skills & Learning will direct you to an online satisfaction survey between November 2019 and April 2020, where you can give your feedback.
We also offer courses that do not receive any external funding and these are supported by the fees we charge to learners.
Below you can see how your course is funded based on the course code, please read the information carefully and if you have any queries please call us on 01202 262300 | 01305 819059.
For information regarding Advanced Learner Loans and the impact of Coronavirus on Call Centres and procedures please click here.
Fully Funded (CF) Courses
Courses Starting AA, AT, AN, QE, QN, QT and PT:
The fee shown is a subsidised cost for eligible learners (please see Terms & Conditions):
• If you receive JSA, ESA, Lone Parent Income Support (WRA) or Universal Credit it is likely you may be entitled to a fully funded (you pay no fee) qualification course
• If you are unemployed, either looking for work or will be looking for work in the future, and are in receipt of any other state benefit, you may be eligible for a fully funded (you pay no fee) course
• English and maths GCSE may be fully funded if you do not already have a Grade C / 4 or above
• If you are working less than 16 hours a week at the minimum wage or your income is less than £338pm (disregarding benefits) and you are in receipt of state benefits and want to progress into more substantial employment the course may be fully funded (you pay no fee)
• If your earnings are less than £17,004 PA you may be eligible for a fully funded course (you pay no fee)
Further financial assistance towards course feesmay be available depending on your personal circumstances. For further information please contact us for advice.
PS, PM, PE and FN Courses
TG, ZA and ZN Courses
The fee shown is the full cost. There are no subsidies available.
NE & PA Courses
These courses are for those who are unemployed or under-employed and are free to eligible learners.
The fee shown is the cost for eligible learners (please see Terms and Conditions).
Please note the concessionary fee for PL courses applies if you have an access to leisure and learning card or you meet the same funding criteria for an access to leisure and learning card. You can check if you qualify here.
What do you mean by 'unemployed'?
A learner is defined unemployed if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Receive Universal Credit, and their take-home pay as recorded on their Universal Credit statement (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner)
- Receives other state benefits (not listed in paragraph 157) and their take home pay (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner), and;
- Wants to be employed, or progress into more sustainable employment, and their take-home pay (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner), and you are satisfied identified learning is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market needs
What do you mean by 'low wage'?
Learners in receipt of low wage earn less than £17,004.00 annual gross salary.
If you are ineligible for our funding options and cannot afford to pay the full course cost we do have some more options to help, please see below.
|For fees over £100||It may be possible to pay 50% of the course fee before the enrolment can be processed for the course, with the remainder 50% being paid in 2 consecutive monthly instalments at 25% each. An example being – If the course costs £132 and starts in September, £66 must be paid before enrolment, with £33 being paid the next 2 months after the first initial payment. So if the first payment is taken in September of £66, £33 will be owed in October and again in November.|
|For fees over £650||We recommend that you contact our team at Skills and Learning for further information and guidance.|
Advanced Learner Loan
If you are aged 19 or over and want to study a course at level 3 or above, you will need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course. The Advanced Learner Loan is a way of borrowing money to pay for your course. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check. Please click here for more information on our Advanced Learning Loans