Course Fees – Further Education Courses
You might be eligible for free tuition fees if you’re aged 16 to 18 years (on 31 August in the calendar year your course starts).
If you’re aged 19 or over, there may be ways to reduce your fees or get rid of them altogether and take a FREE course. You could be eligible if you:
- want to study adult literacy and numeracy, or functional skills in literacy and numeracy – excluding English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL)
- want to study GCSE English or maths if you don’t already hold an A-C grade
- 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 get a level 2 qualification, but first need to get an entry/level 1 qualification (certain other criteria applies)
- are unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (work related activity group only) or Universal Credit**
- are unemployed or earning less than £330 per month and getting state benefits (other than JSA, ESA (WRAG) or Universal Credit) and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects and the local job market requirements.
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 new Advanced Learner Loan scheme to help cover the cost of tuition fees.
* 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.
** To claim fee remission 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.
Course Fees – Higher Education (University-level) Courses
Tuition fees for full-time Foundation Degree students at City College Plymouth for 2017/18 will be £6,950 per year. You can apply to Student Finance England for a student loan to cover your fees, and also for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs, disabled student allowances and a childcare grant.
Part-time higher education students can also apply for a student loan to cover fee costs of up to £3,550, depending on whether you’re studying over two or three years. More information can be found on the Directgov website.
Ancillary Course Fees
You may be charged separately for course materials. The course pages have more information and we’ll also confirm how much you need to spend. The fees will need to be paid in full when you enrol.
Paying Your Fees
Where it’s applicable, you can pay your fees in instalments. It means paying 25% on enrolment with three further payments made by direct debit. However, if you have a sponsor, for example your employer, they’ll need to pay for your course via our online store. Payment by instalments is not available to sponsors.
Student Funding and Financial Advice
Our Student Funding team can provide help, advice and guidance on all possible sources of funding for you. Please get in touch with us on 01752 305300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.