Fees and financial support

Further Education fee exemptions and remissions

If you are 19 years old or over you will normally pay tuition fees for your Further Education course, but you may be exempt or eligible for a reduced fee – known as fee remission.

Fee exemption for accredited courses

These groups of 19+ students don’t pay fees to study a further education part-time or community accredited course:

  • if you were 16-18 in year one and you’re now in year two of your course
  • if you are a full-time FE student 19 to 23 at the start of your course, who is studying for your first Level 2 or Level 3 qualification (except ESOL courses)
  • if you are a full-time FE student 19 to 23 at the start of your course, who is studying for your first Level 4 qualification and you don’t already hold a Level 3 qualification (except ESOL courses)
  • if you are on an Entry Level 1 or Level 1 course, aged 19 – 23 at the start of your course, and you state you will progress to Level 2 (except ESOL courses)
  • if you are on a Skills For Life course
  • if you are taking GCSE Maths/English and don’t already hold a Level 2 / A-C grades
  • if you get certain benefits

If you can’t provide evidence of your benefit at enrolment, you may be charged tuition fees and any other associated costs.

Fee exemption or remission is not available for learners aged 24+ studying an accredited course at Level 3 or above.

Fee remissions for accredited and non-accredited courses

You may not have to pay course fees if you are a UK or EU / EEA student aged 19+ and fulfil one of the criteria in the table below.

Please bring any evidence required to enrolment. If you are enrolling by post, you must attach a copy of your evidence to the enrolment form.

Benefit Evidence to bring
Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)Copy of the original letter from the Job Centre dated within the last three months*
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and part of a work-related activity group (WRAG)Copy of the latest letter from the Job Centre within the last three months.
These are sent out every two years, so you will either need a letter confirming that you are still receiving ESA OR provide a two-year award letter and a current bank statement showing payments. This must be in your own name.
Universal Credit
Anyone in a work-related activity group (WRAG), work preparation group, or work-focused interview group
Entitlement to Universal Credit or WRAG
Working Tax Credit
(non-accredited courses with codes starting VAB and VAE only)
Copies of all six pages of the Working Tax Credit Award 2018-19.

Alternatively, provide a copy of your Provisional Working Tax Credit 2018-19 and a current bank statement showing payments. This can be in your own name or as part of a family claim.

Please note: your total income should not exceed £17,500.00
Income SupportCopy of original letter dated within three months* (in your own name)
Housing BenefitCopy of a letter dated within last three months* (in your own name)
Asylum SeekersAsylum Registration Card
Aspen Debit Card and current purchase receipt
* If this letter is more than three months old, you must provide a confirmation letter OR the original letter and a current bank statement showing payments in the last three months.

Fee concessions are also available if you earn less than £16,005.50 per year. Please provide your contract of employment or a payslip dated within the last three months.


Accredited and non-accredited courses

Some of our part-time and Community courses for adults are accredited, which means they give you with a recognised certificate of achievement.

Accredited courses include Community Interpreting, ITQ qualifications, and British Sign Language courses. You may need to have completed other courses before you enrol.

Non-accredited courses include design, health and social care, and technology and digital.

Last updated: 21 May 2020

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