Fees and funding for college level courses

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a Level 2 or 3 course

There are no course fees if you’re aged under 19 on 31 August of the year you start your course.

If you are aged 19+ and applying for a Level 2, Level 3 or Access to Higher Education course

If you’re studying your first full Level 3 or Access to Higher Education qualification you may be eligible for free tuition. You will still need to pay the registration fee applicable for your course.

If you are applying for the Level 2 qualification or have already completed a full Level 3 qualification, tuition and registration fees will apply.
To cover the cost of tuition when applying for a Level 3 and Access to Higher Education qualification, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the UK Government. It is easy to apply, your household income is not taken into account and there is no credit check. You will not have to pay anything back until your income is over £25,000.

Additional financial assistance

We have a bursary fund (which does not need to be repaid) to help with costs relating to your study. This includes things like books, clothing, equipment and travel. To be able to apply for this fund, there are some conditions that you, or your parents / guardians must meet. Funds are limited and will be awarded to those who need the extra support the most.

Further Education Bursary Fund

You can apply if you are:

  • enrolled on a full-time course funded by the Government
  • classed as a ‘home’ student
  • studying your first full Level 2 or your first full Level 3 qualification
  • from a household with an income / benefit(s) of less than £25,000 per year.

Residential Bursary Fund

You can apply for assistance towards the cost of your accommodation. Applications will be measured against family income. The application process is available online and will open in August.

You can apply if you are:

  • enrolled on a full-time course funded by the Government
  • aged between 16 and 18 on the 31 August
  • classed as a ‘home’ student
  • from a household with an income / benefit(s) of less than £25,000 per year
  • living in accommodation for the purpose of attending the course.

19+ Residential Access Fund

You can apply if you are:

  • enrolled on a full-time course funded by the Government
  • aged 19 or above on the 31 August
  • classed as a ‘home’ student
  • applying for the 19+ Learner Loan (if over 24)
  • from a household with an income / benefit(s) of less than £25,000 per year
  • living in accommodation for the purpose of attending the course.

Contact us

For further information on fees and funding contact us via email or by calling 0115 848 5299. Alternatively you can contact our Student Financial Support Service via email or by calling 0115 848 2494.

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