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Will I pay fees?

In the current climate, we appreciate the cost of courses and training is important but did you know you may be entitled to FREE or subsidised study?

While the rules and guidelines for funding in further education are complex, our advisors are on hand to provide you with a full, personalised break down of what fees (if any) you will pay.

If you’re aged 19+ you may be able to study for FREE if you are a UK student and meet the following criteria.

  • You’re unemployed or on an income under £330 and in receipt of a state benefit and you want to do the qualification to enable you to get a job (you’ll need to sign a declaration and bring evidence of you being in reciept of state benefit, dated within the last 3 months).
  • You’re claiming an ‘active’ benefit (Job Seekers Alloance, ESA WRAG (work-related activity group), universal credit) if the course or training will help you into work or remove a barrier to work (you will need to provide evidence that you’re in receipt of benefits, dated within the last 3 months).
  • You’re enrolling on a pre-level 2 or functional skills course
  • You’re enrolling on a pre-level 2 English course and English is not your first language
  • You haven’t reached GCSE grade C or above in English or maths and you’re enrolling on GCSE English or maths.
  • You’re aged 19-23 (when you start the course) and you are enrolling on your first full level 2 course
  • You’re aged 19-23 enrolling on an entry level or level 1 programme (excluding basic skills) and your prior attainment is level 1 or below, and you need a step up to progress to full level 2.
  • You’re aged 19-23 and you are enrolling on your first full level 3 course
  • You’re continuing a course from 2015/16: You will continue to receive the fee remission as established in 2015/16. (This only applies to continuing programmes and not if you are progressing from one level to the next.)
  • You’ve left the British Armed Forces within the last 10 years after 4+ years of service, or you have been medically discharged after completing basic training, and you are enrolling on your first full level 3 qualification.

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If you have a Learning Disability Assessment should speak to an advisor about the right learning programme for you, and your eligibility for full funding.

Further information on fees for courses at Preston’s College:

  • Students enrolling on an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree will be able to apply for a student loan
  • Overseas students do pay fees
  • Leisure courses and Language courses follow a different fee structure. Unemployed people and people claiming a state benefit will pay the discounted fee (where there is one stated) on these courses.
  • Some courses are “full fee only” which means that you will pay a fee when you enrol.
  • We can help you with costs by arranging for you to pay in instalments in many cases – please speak to an advisor.
  • Some student support funds are available – please see an advisor who can discuss this with you.
  • Don’t forget Our advisors will be able to guide you through your options and make sure you get on the right course for you.

Please speak to an advisor about fees and financial support for work-based learning as there are some differences from above.

The rules and guidelines for funding in further education are complex and the above notes are a summary. Please make sure you speak to an advisor to get a full, personalised break down of what fees, if any, you will pay.