higher education

Financial Support

Foundation Degrees

At Preston’s College, all of our full-time Foundation Degree courses cost £6,000* per year, a significant saving on the cost of studying at University. Part-time fees vary depending on the course studied, its length and delivery mode. The good news is you don’t need to pay anything up front and after your course you don’t pay anything back until you earn over £21,000. You will pay back 9% of any income you earn over the threshold of £404 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 a year. If you haven’t paid it all off after 30 years the Government writes it off.

Here’s how it works:

Everyone can get a loan to cover all their fees (as long as you are a British Citizen and have lived in the UK or the EU for the last 3 years). If you’re looking at full-time study – depending upon your family income you may be entitled to a Maintenance grant to help with living costs like accommodation, food, transport and books. You don’t need to pay this back. You will also be able to get a Maintenance loan to help with these living costs (which you will need to pay back).
The amount you can get depends on where you live while you study, how many weeks you study and your household income. There is also extra money for disabled students or students with children. For more details on Student Finance, visit Direct.Gov.


Our full-time Edexcel HND courses cost £4,500 per year, part-time fees vary depending on the course studied, its length and delivery mode but typically, a HNC can be studied for as little as £3,000 a year.

Access to HE Fees information

If you are aged 24 or over you will be able to apply for a loan under the Government’s 24+ Advanced Learning Loans scheme to cover the cost of your fees. However, if you complete an Access to HE course and then go on and complete a degree/HND or other recognised higher education course, you won’t have to repay the remaining loan for the Access to HE course: in effect, the loan will be written off.