You may be eligible for Full Funding & Free Course fees if you’re aged 16 to 18 years on 31 August in the calendar year your course starts.
Aged 19 & over?
If you’re aged 19 or over, there may be ways to reduce your fees or get rid of them altogether. You may be eligible for funding if you:
- want to study adult literacy and numeracy, or functional skills in literacy and numeracy
- are aged between 19 and 23 and this is your first eligible* full level 2 qualification (ie equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A to C, BTEC First Certificate or an NVQ Level 2)
- are aged between 19 and 23 and this is your first eligible* full level 3 qualification (ie equivalent to two A Levels at grades A to C, BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or an NVQ Level 3)
- want to gain a level 2 qualification, but first need to get an entry/level 1 qualification (other criteria applies)
- are unemployed or earning less than £330 per month and in receipt of benefits (ie – Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Carer’s Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, or Universal Credit & Income support) and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects and the local job market requirements.**
Level 3 Qualifications:
If you are aged 19+ and want to take a course at level 3 or above (and have previously achieved a course at the same level), you may be able to get help from the Advanced Learner Loan Scheme. More information
Discretionary Learner Support Fund:
The fund provides financial or ‘in-kind’ help to eligible students aged 19+ as of 31 August 2017 (20+ for childcare), with a number of course-related costs. More information
If you have any questions or are unsure what funding you may be eligible for, please call 01752 202269. We will be happy to help and advise you on all funding matters!
* The courses eligible for students to use their free entitlements against are specific and published by the Government on a regular basis. Please note that these lists are subject to change.
** You will need to provide evidence of any benefits, which should be dated within six weeks of the date on which you enrol. Please note that these rules are subject to change.