Money Matters

One of the many ways in which we help our students to be successful is by making sure that we provide support for meeting the costs of studying for those who need it.

For eligible adult students, the government subsidises the costs of tuition and examinations. Many courses at the college are subsidised by funds from the Skills Funding Agency, which means that students pay lower fees for their course or, in some circumstances, pay no fees at all. College staff will be able to advise you on the amount of fees you will be required to pay.

The fees for entry in September 2016 are:
  • Full time new entrants - £8,000 per annum and pro rata of £8,000 for part time according to the FTE
  • New entrants to designated work based programmes - £6,000 per annum and pro rata of £6,000 for part time according to the FTE (This is a special fee for the work based degrees that were designated as part time before 2014 and were re-designated as full time in September 2014)
  • HNC/D new entrants - £5,000 per annum and pro rata of £5,000 for part time according to the FTE
  • Overseas new entrants - £8,000 per annum and pro rata of £8,000 for part time according to the FTE
  • Full and Part time continuing students will continue to pay the level of fees which pertained at the start of their programme
You do not have to pay tuition fees upfront if you are from England and studying for your first degree or other higher education qualification. Government loans are available from Student Finance England to cover your fees and help towards your living costs.

The college refectory provides food throughout the day for all students at reasonable costs. At least one hot main course is provided each day at a cost of only £2.60. If you are under 19 you may be eligible for free government funded meals.

Uniforms and Equipment
All essential equipment used at the college is provided free for students aged 16-18. Many students also purchase uniforms and equipment from their own use. The costs for uniforms and equipment are explained in the information provided for each course.

Over 19 Support

Farnborough Support Scheme
Students who are over 19 at the start of their course and receive certain benefits can apply for funds to help towards their costs whilst studying. The normal maximum amount of support for any student, taking into account all of these payments, is £1,000 per college year.

Advanced Learner Loan
If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a course at level 3 to level 6 you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Government. Applications for the Advanced Learn Loan can be made from May 2016 for courses starting from 1 August 2016.

Other Sources of Funding

Care to Learn
The Care to Learn scheme can help you with childcare costs while you study. You must be aged under 20 at the start of your course. The scheme is available for publicly-funded courses in England.

Adult Dependants’ Grant - Full-time students in higher education with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to £2,757.

Disabled Students Allowance - Higher education students living in England can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance if they have a disability.

Access to Learning Support Fund
The fund is available to full-time and part-time students studying on higher education courses. It provides discretionary financial assistance for students, to help them access and remain in higher education. The fund can help alleviate unexpected financial hardship and students who may be considering leaving the college because of financial problems are encouraged to apply.

Students must apply for funding each college year. For further information, please call Student Services on 01252 407394, email, or visit the Student Services Office.

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