Financial Help

We are aware that the cost of Higher Education can be a barrier so we ensure at the College we have staff trained to give you the most up to date advice and guidance in relation to this. Tuition fee loans are generally available to help you fund your studies however the College is also able to offer payment plans to suit your circumstances. There are a number of local charities who also support students to undertake Higher Education which are listed here.

Higher Education Fees

Staffordshire University/BTEC Edxcel

Whatever a student is charged in the first full year of a course will be the fee that they are charged for all subsequent years unless the year is only a part year when a reduced fee will apply.

We have fixed our prices for 15/16 and 16/17 at £45 per credit, please refer to the individual factsheet for your course to determine how many credits you will be studying and the full cost.

For example a HND is worth 240 credits so the cost of this would be £10,800 (£5,400 per year).

Applications for funding for these courses could be made to Student Finance England/Wales.

Edge Hill University

The Higher Diploma in Further Education and Training and the Post Graduate in Further Education and Training cost £9,000 (£4,500 per year). Applications for funding for these courses should be made to Student Finance England/Wales.

Diplomas

The cost of these depends on the Awarding Body, please refer to the individual factsheet for your course to determine cost. Applications for funding for these courses could be made to Gov.uk providing you are over 24.

Payment Methods

At enrolment you will be required to pay or advise us how you intend to pay your fees – at this point you will be subject to the terms and conditions within our Fees Policy which are outlined below. If you need any information, advice or guidance in relation to applying for funding please contact our Student Services Team who will assist you through the process on 01743 342322.

Tuition Fee Loans - Foundation Degrees/HNC/HND

If you are successful in obtaining a Tuition Fee Loan the financial notification letter (with barcode) needs to be produced at enrolment to enable the funding to be released to the College.

If you are entitled to a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the entire cost of your studies, you will not need to pay for fees upfront - you will only begin to repay fees after graduation and when you are earning at least £21,000 per year.

However, if you have previously taken out funding from Student Finance England / Wales or already have studied at HE level, this may impact how much you are allowed to borrow.

If you are studying full time you may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Some of your loan may be in the form of a grant which doesn’t have to be repaid - this is dependent on your household income, where you will be studying and whether or not you will continue to live with your parents.

Students with a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty are eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is an award to help pay for extra costs you may have to pay as a direct result of your disability or specific learning difficulty. We would encourage you to submit your application for this as early as you can as it can take some time for it to be processed. 

Please refer to Student Finance England/Wales website for further information.

Advanced Learning Loan - Level 4 Diplomas

If you are successful in obtaining an Advanced Learner Loan, the financial notification letter (with barcode) needs to be produced at enrolment, to enable the funding to be released to the College.

If you are entitled to a Advanced Learner Loan to cover the entire cost of your studies, you will not need to pay for fees upfront - you will only begin to repay fees after the course has finished and when you are earning at least £21,000 per year.

The loan doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

You may also be eligible for money from the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund if you need help with some costs while studying, eg childcare, travel or trips related to your course. You apply directly to your college or training provider for the Bursary Fund, you can apply as soon as you’ve received a letter confirming your Advanced Learner Loan. In most cases you don’t have to pay back money from the Bursary Fund.

Please refer to Direct Gov website for further information.

Payment in full

If you intend to pay your fees in full payment will be due at enrolment, payment can be made by cash, cheque, debit card or credit card. 

Payment by instalments

Payment may also be made by direct debit - usually by 4 instalments.  The first payment (25%) will be due at enrolment and further payment dates agreed at this point.

Payment by your Employer

If you are being sponsored by your employer, fees can be invoiced to your employer directly, provided you produce a letter at enrolment confirming the arrangement.  Employer sponsored student fees must be paid within 14 days of receipt of invoice and if the fee is not received the student becomes liable for the fee.

Taking a Break (Intermit)

If you request the opportunity to take a break from your studies and this is agreed you will remain on the same fee package that you signed up to at the start of your course. If however you chose to withdraw and then reapply to return to the same or different course you would the subject to the tuition fee in place at that time.

In the academic year of 2015/16 intermitting fees for Staffordshire and BTEC students will be due as follows:

Withdrawal

In the academic year of 2015/16 withdrawal fees for Staffordshire and BTEC students will be due as follows:
First two weeks    No charge

For information on intermittence and withdrawal fees for Edge Hill Students please refer to their website.

The full Fee Policy is available in our Policies and Procedures section.

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