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Course fees 2017/18

College fees are made up of several elements: tuition fees, college administration fees, awarding body registration fees, examination or certification fees and other course related costs. In addition, certain courses may require learners to purchase special equipment, kits, trips and materials.

Learners may apply to Financial Support / Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) to ask for support with costs such as books, equipment, childcare costs but not course fees. Click Here for Financial Support Information

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Adult Learners

Adult learners will have to pay the individual course fees unless eligible for fee remission (see the fee remission chart below). Full cost courses do not attract fee remission.

*Unemployed, in receipt of a state benefit and the learner is work ready. Learners who are unemployed but are not in receipt of any of the qualifying benefits would be co-funded.

Green: Courses are Free

Blue: Co-funded

Red: Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learning Loan

Learners who require a loan and are 19+ on the 31 August 2016 will be charged the full programme fees.

Learners can:

  • Pay all the fees
  • Ppay part of the fees themselves and apply for an Advanced Learning Loan for the remainder
  • Apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover all of the fees

If a learner is paying all or part of their fees, they may if they wish pay by monthly instalments. Learners would be expected to pay a minimum of 1/7th of the course fees plus the administration fee at the time of enrolment, the remainder of the fees would be split equally over 6 months.

If a learner is funding their fees via an Advanced Learning Loan they must apply for the loan and be able to provide a letter from the Student Loans Company, to confirm that they have approved their application before they can enrol. Eligible learners will be able to apply for their Advanced Learning Loan at www.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans, from the May 2017.

To be able to complete the Advanced Learning Loan application online, learners will need to have access to detailed information for the course that they intend to study. A letter can be obtained from the College, which will include all the relevant information. Please a ask member of Student and College Services for further information / assistance or telephone 0161 643 7560.

Full cost courses

There is no fee remission for any full cost courses; therefore, all learners must pay the full cost of the course as well as the administration fee. A full cost course is one where the tuition fee charged to the learner covers all costs associated with the course, without claiming any public funding.

Administration fee

The college administration fee is a one off payment of £25 per student. The administration fee contributes towards the overall costs associated with the initial registration, production of the college security ID badge and the use of the college’s extended cashless system, which enables learners to use their student ID card to purchase goods and items such as food, beverages and stationery.

Payments

Learners can make payments by cash, credit/debit card and cheque (over £30 only). Instalments plans are paid by Direct Debit and must be set up at the time of enrolment.

Instalments:

  • The cost of the fee is divided equally over a maximum of 6 instalments plus deposit at enrolment.
  • All students are required to pay a deposit of 1/7th of the course fee at the time of enrolment to secure a place on their course.
  • Instalments are only available for fees of over £100.
  • Learners may opt for their instalment deductions to be made on either the 7th or 22nd of each month.
  • Further administration charges of £25 will apply for each instalment that is defaulted or cancelled without prior notification to the College.
  • Learners are liable for payment of any outstanding fees, even if they withdraw from the course.
  • Learners, who have any outstanding debts from the current or previous years, will not be able to enrol on any course in 2017/2018 without the approval of the Head of Finance.

Persistent defaulters will have to settle all outstanding balances before enrolment can take place.

Debtors

The College will not allow learners with outstanding fees to continue on programmes unless a repayment schedule has been agreed and implemented. In such circumstances where a repayment schedule is not in place, the Finance team will inform Programme Managers, to ensure that the learner is not allowed to attend classes.

Refunds

Refunds will only be given if the learner can justify that the college has varied the course arrangements in some way, for instance by changing the day, time, venue or syllabus, or if classes are cancelled due to the lack of student numbers. Where a student chooses to withdraw before the start of any course the following applies:

  • The registration fee is non-refundable
  • If the College is informed in writing of the withdrawal before the course starts a £20 withdrawal fee will be retained by the College and any balance returned to the student.
  • There will be no entitlement to a refund for any withdrawals made after the commencement of the course. There will also be no refund if a learner is excluded.
  • The College is unable to make refunds for absence due to changes in work commitments, personal or financial circumstances or any other reasons for not being able to attend the course. In these circumstances, any outstanding fees will remain payable.

The above rules also apply to sponsors of a student such as an employer or training provider.

If applicable, refund payments will be made in the most appropriate manner. For example, by cheque or BACS payment. Students should be aware that no cash refunds will be given.