Funding and Finance for adult learners
Adult Funding and Finance for Full-Time/Part Time Tuition differ from course to course. For information on course fees contact 0161 296 5511
Tuition Fees are payable by adult learners unless the following applies:
- They are studying for their first Level 1 or 2 qualification and are aged 19-23 years on the day that they start the course not the day they enrol.
- Their first level 3 qualification and are aged 19-23 on the day that they start the course not the day that they enrol.
- They are studying up to Level 2 and they are unemployed and in receipt of any of the following welfare benefits: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance
Advanced Learning Loan
Students aged 19 to 23 on Level 3 or 4 courses who already hold a Level 3 qualification may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the Tuition Fees. Any exam/registration fees will not be covered by the loan.
Students aged 24 and over on Level 3 or 4 coursesÂ may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the Tuition Fees. Any exam/registration fees will not be covered by the loan.
Students aged 19+ on Level 3 or 4 courses from low income households or receiving benefits and in receipt of an Advanced Learning Loan can applyÂ to the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund for additional help with the costs of course related equipment, kit, travel, books and childcare.
Learner Support Fund
Adult Learners on courses up to Level 2 from low income households or receiving benefits can apply to the Learner Support Fund for additional help with the costs of course related equipment ,kit, travel, books and childcare. It should be noted that these funds are limited and no awards can be guaranteed to students.
Council Tax Exemption
Any full time FE or HE students aged 18 and over can also apply for Council Tax Exemption from their Local Authority. Council Tax Exemption Certificates are available from the Enrollment Booths within Student Services.
Am I eligible for funding?
Need support for Adult Funding and Finance? Our Student Financial Support Team is ready and waiting to help with information, advice and support on a range of fees and finance issues related to your study. Please see the government’s student finance web pages or contact the Student Finance Team:
Tel: 0161 296 6058
Government Student Finance — Click here
Student free meals support
The Government has extended the student free meals support to students from lower income families attending further education courses.
This means that adult learners aged 19 to 25 with an Learning difficulty assessment may still receive an allowance towards their lunch. In order to be eligible, you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child tax credit with a gross income of less than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run on — paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
If you think you may be eligible, please call into the Student Advice Centre to see a member of the Student Finance/Welfare team.
Additional financial support
Studying on benefits
Recent welfare reforms have meant some changes to the type of government benefits that you may be able to claim. You may be able to study while claiming benefits. We recommend you seek advice about studying and claiming benefits before you start a college course. You can enquire at JobCentrePlus or alternatively, contact our Student Advice Centre.
Welfare and financial support
Welfare advice is available to help learners with a variety of issues whilst they are at college. Information and advice is available for all learners covering a wide range of issues, including:
- Financial Support for FE and HE learners
- Grants and Bursaries
- Welfare Benefits and other money matters
To apply for funding you will need to complete an application form available from our Student Advice Centre. We can help you to complete the forms and make sure you get the financial support you need. The finances available includes