Your Tuition Fees will vary depending on both your circumstances and the course you choose.
The full cost of your course will be the course’s tuition fees, its examination fees and a materials fee, if applicable.
The following is for guidance only and your particular circumstances will be explored at interview.
If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August 2018 then the government will pay for your tuition fee for you.
If you are aged 19 or over you might have to pay the tuition fee for your course but there are numerous circumstances where the government will pay this fee for you, please read on as this may help you make your decision about your studies.
If you are enrolling on a maths or English GCSE or functional skill and do not have a grade A* to C (or Grade 9 to 4) GCSE in the subject then your tuition fee will be paid for you.
If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course and in receipt of JSA (income-based or credits), ESA (work-related activity group) and need skills and training to enter employment, then your tuition fee may be funded up to level 2 (Intermediate Study Programmes).
If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course and are claiming other state benefit, and earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and want to be employed or progress in to more sustainable employment, then your tuition fee may be funded up to level 2 (Intermediate Study Programmes). In this case, the college must agree that learning will directly improve your employment prospects.
If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course and are in receipt of a low wage (less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary) and cannot contribute towards the cost of fees. You will need to provide evidence such as recent wage slips (within 3 months of your start date) or a current employment contract which states gross monthly/annual wages. Not applicable to Level 3 or above courses.
If you have an Education Health Care Plan (EHC Plan) and are under 25 when you start your course then your tuition fee will be waived. An Education Health Care Plan supports learners with complex learning and support needs.
If you are aged between 19 and 23 years Entry and Level 1 (‘Access to’ and Foundation Study Programmes) are funded for learners who do not already hold a full Level 2 (equivalent or higher) and are seeking to progress to a level 2 course in the future. In this case, the college must agree that learning will assist the local economy
If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old and do not already have a full level 2 (equivalent or higher) qualification then you may not have to pay for your tuition fees, this is called Legal entitlement to Level 2
If you are between 19 and 23 years old and do not already have full Level 3 (equivalent or higher) qualification then you may not have to pay for your tuition fees, this is called Legal entitlement to Level 3
Advanced Learning Loan
Learners aged 19 and over and starting a further education course at level 3 (Advanced, Advanced Craft or Advanced Technical Study Programmes) or above may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help to pay the tuition fees charged. These are government loans, you can find out further information on the gov.uk website.
If you turn 19 before the 31st August 2018 and are under 24 and are planning to study your first full level 3 or 4 course (Advanced, Advanced Craft or Advanced Technical Study Programmes) then legal entitlement to Level 3, as detailed on this information sheet, may apply. HOWEVER if you already have a level 3 or 4 and are wanting to re skill and re train then you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.
University & Higher Education Finance
If you are interested in studying a full-time or part-time university course at The Isle of Wight College, you may be entitled to support towards your tuition fees from Student Finance England, for further information please visit www.studentfinanceengland.co.uk.
If you need any help or support our Careers Adviser, Catherine Jackson, will be happy to talk to you. Catherine can be contacted by telephoning (01983) 535211, by firstname.lastname@example.org or you can book an appointment via Reception.
If you think your finances will prevent you from starting a course please phone Student Services on 01983 550833 or email email@example.com.