Course fees 2018/19
College fees are made up of several elements: tuition 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 for Financial Support to ask for help with costs such as books, equipment, childcare costs but not course fees. Click here for Financial Support Information.
Learners aged 16-18
Students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018 will not have to pay course fees for academic year 2018/2019.
Learners aged 19+
Please see table below for fee information:
*Unemployed, in receipt of income based state benefit and work ready.
**If you are employed and cannot contribute towards the cost of co-funding fees. You can get a course for free if you are earning less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary
Learners who are not eligible for fee remission for Level 3 programmeS can:
- Pay all the fees
- Pay 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
- Parents’ Learning Allowance
- Childcare Grant
- Adult Dependants’ Grant
- Disabled Students’ Allowance
- Your university or college
- Your course
- If you’ve studied a higher education course before
- Your age
- Your nationality or residency status
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 at the time of enrolment, the remainder of the fees would be split equally over 6 monthly instalments.
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 14th May 2018.
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.
Learners embarking on a Higher Education course (HNC, HND and Foundation Degrees) are able to apply to Student Finance England for loans to cover course fees and living costs.
Applications to apply for funding for the following academic year open in late February. To apply, please click here.
In addition to help with course fees and living costs, there are also the following grants available:
For more information on these grants, please click here.
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on:
More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies
There are also funds available through the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for second year HE students that have attended; St Anne’s Academy, Cardinal Langley R.C. High School or Middleton Technology Schools. For more information please visit the following link: https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/sites/queen-elizabeth-foundation
In academic year 2017/18 the Higher Education course fees are as follows:
Annual Fee (£)
Foundation Degree Full-Time
Foundation Degree Part-Time
*Please note these are subject to change for academic year 2018/19.
For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by July/September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
Full cost courses
There is no fee remission for any full cost courses; therefore, all learners must pay the full cost of the course. 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.
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.
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 2018/2019 without the approval of the Head of Finance.
Persistent defaulters will have to settle all outstanding balances before enrolment can take place.
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 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:
- -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.