Money matters

Wondering about how to pay for your course?

There are lots of options available and you might even be entitled to financial support.

We know that finance will often be a big consideration and will no doubt be a factor in your decision to return to education. Depending on your age and circumstances, you may be entitled to receive significant financial help and/or benefits. In some cases, you might even be able to attend at no cost at all.


Course fees vary depending on the course you’re studying and its duration. Our fees usually include the tuition fee and exam fees (where applicable). Find out more about individual course fees by searching for the course you’re interested in, use Live Chat, email, or call us on 01202 205205.

Options for funding your course

Advanced Learner Loan
If you’re aged 19 or over, there’s a new way to pay for your course. Income isn’t taken into account and you won’t have to pay it back until you’re earning over £25,725 a year! Plus you could study an Access to Higher Education for FREE. Visit the Advanced Learner Loan for more information.
Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC)
The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. If you're in receipt of these credits, you could use them to fund eligible courses here at The College. Visit ELC for more information.
Professional and Career Development Loans
These are bank loans and can be used to pay for courses and training that help with your career or get you back into work. If you’re aged 18 and over and not receiving a discretionary award, you may be eligible to apply for one. The loans are usually offered at a low interest rate and the Government pays the interest while you’re studying.
Employer support
Your employer could pay for your course fees. If they do, this would mean there would be no cost to you and we would invoice your employer instead. There are lots of handy tips on approaching your employer, on the internet, including sample letters to use as direction.
Could you be entitled to FREE funding?
You could be entitled to free* tuition fees at The College with the Level 2 and Level 3 Entitlement (* subject to the qualifications you already have). Find out more here

Need more help?

Visit our Student Finance pages for information on help with course expenses such as equipment, course materials, childcare, travel, etc. and spreading the cost of your course.

Your next steps...

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