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Funding your studies 19+

Studying a qualification is a significant investment in your future. At York College we understand the importance of ensuring you are making a sound financial decision and are committed to supporting you during your time with us.

We recognise that studying for any qualification can be a demanding time and there are lots of decisions to be made. We offer dedicated support to help you pay your fees, settle into College life, concentrate on your studies, and achieve the best grades possible.

On the following page you will find all information regarding funding your degree or higher-level qualification, apprenticeship or professional qualification from tuition fees to other support available.

Degree, Foundation Degree and Higher National Certificate/Diploma

Our fees are £7,200 for a full-time course and between £5750 - £7,200 for a Higher National Certificate or Diploma (HNC/D) programme. For specific HNC/D course costs please contact the InfoZone on 01904 770770 or email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk.

Paying you fees
Tuition fees go towards the cost of your course and allow the College to provide the resources, staff contact and support you need and deserve. Fees are for the academic year 2020/21 unless otherwise stated.

To study a higher education course at York College you will need to fund your tuition fees and your living expenses.

Your tuition fees can be paid in the following ways:

  • In full at the start of the academic year
  • In instalments by TouchTone payment system
  • Employer/ sponsor payment
  • By applying for a student loan

Please contact the York College Finance Department for more details of the payment options available to you, email finance@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call 01904 770495.

Applying for a student loan
Many students choose to take out a student loan to help with meeting the cost of tuition fees and living expenses. The funding you are specifically entitled to will depend on whether you are a full or part-time student; if you have previously studied at a higher education level; which country you have been living in and when you start your course. Additional funding is also available for students who have a disability and those who have children or other dependents.

If you choose to take out a tuition fee loan, you will not have to pay any upfront fees. Student Finance will pay the tuition fee on your behalf directly to the College.

Students normally residing in England should apply to Student Finance England. [https://www.gov.uk/student-fin...]

Students from outside of England (Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) should apply for funding directly from the student finance provider of their home country. On the Government website you can find more details and for links to the loan provider for your country. [www.gov.uk/studentfinance]

One you have applied for a student loan, Student Finance will send you a financial notification letter to confirm your funding. You may apply, if you wish, for a partial tuition fee loan and in this case, your financial notification letter will tell you how much you will need to pay to the College.

Loan repayments are currently based on how much you earn after you leave your course. Please refer to www.gov.co.uk for latest repayment thresholds. As a guide, most students will not make any repayments until their income exceeds £26,568.

Paying Tuition Fees
If you do not have a tuition fee loan or are ineligible for one, you will be required to pay your tuition fees in accordance with the payment terms of the College. Your fees can be paid by TouchTone payment system, cash, or credit/debit card and you can pay:

  • In person at the Finance Desk (08.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday)
  • By calling 01904 770 495 to pay by credit or debit card (08.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday) by using our TouchTone payment system

Can my employer or other organisation pay my tuition fees?
Yes. If your employer or other organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees, York College will invoice them for the appropriate amount- upon receipt of an email or purchase order number. (Please note that parents, family and friends are excluded from this category. If they assist with your fees, you are classified as self-financing and must pay the fees accordingly).

What happens if I have not yet received confirmation about my loan from student finance?
If you have applied to Student Finance for a loan, but you have not received your confirmation by the time of your enrolment, you just need to bring the latest correspondence you have received. If you have not yet applied, or you need help with the application process, please contact the Funding Team by email [funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk] or call 01904 770443.

Failure to pay
Failure to pay your fees will delay your enrolment and could jeopardise your place on the course. Opting to pay in instalments commits you to paying for the full course even in the event of you being unable to continue your studies. If you are experiencing difficulties paying your fees you must contact the Finance Department straight away and they will make every effort to help you.

Whatever you do, if you have financial problems, do not bury your head in the sand! Face up to any problems as soon as possible to stop them from growing into financial monsters. If you have money worries, you can book an appointment with the Funding Team or access an advice agency such as the Citizens Advice Bureau www.yorkcab.org.uk.

Additional Costs
Some of our courses involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees. You can find this information on the individual course pages. Additional costs are also outlined in the pre-contractual information that you will be sent before enrolling onto your course.

York College University Centre Bursary
We’re committed to providing a Bursary Scheme which all eligible higher education students starting their course in September 2021 can apply to. If you are successful, you will receive a payment of £600 to help with the initial costs of settling into your programme.

The purpose of the Higher Education Bursary is to:

  • Help students overcome financial barriers in order to access higher education
  • Support and retain our learners
  • Promote a positive attitude to learning

Students who receive the bursary may use it to help pay for travel costs or buy essential equipment for your course.

The Higher Education Bursary is split into nine separate bursaries:

  • Care leavers
  • Student carer
  • Financial assistance
  • Estranged young people
  • Students from gypsy and Traveller Communities
  • Refugees
  • Carers
  • Students living in a household under £25,000
  • Students with mental health problems, specific learning difficulties and/or an autism spectrum disorder such as Asperger Syndrome

Eligibility for the Care Leaver and Student Carer bursaries is not based on your household income, but you will need to provide evidence of your situation. The Financial Assistance Bursary will normally be assessed alongside your application to Student Finance England and you will not need to complete an additional form.

Hardship Fund
If you find yourself facing financial difficulty during your course, you may be able to apply to the College for additional support. Please contact the Funding Team if you would like more information.

Benefits
Some students are eligible for benefits throughout their studies, though for some benefits, the amount you receive will be affected by at least some of your student income. Please contact Citizen’s Advice if you are not sure of your entitlement.

If you are in receipt of, or will be applying for, universal credit, we recommend that you contact Student Finance England and request a breakdown of your student finance award for benefit purposes to send to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and check your payments thoroughly to ensure that they are correct.

Council Tax
Full-time students are usually exempt from council tax. If you are not sure whether your course is classed as full or part-time, please contact the InfoZone [info@yorkcollege.ac.uk]. If you live in York, you will need to register for council tax exemption online [Student council tax discounts and exemptions – City of York Council]. If you live elsewhere, you can check online with you council to see if you’re eligible for a discount which will reduce the Council Tax you pay. [Apply for a Council Tax discount - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)]

Student Maintenance Support
Full-time undergraduate and PGCE students may be entitled to government support in the form of a maintenance loan, the maximum you are eligible for will be dependent on household income. There is no student maintenance support available through Student Finance England for students on Access courses.

Please note: you will not receive your funds before the start of term, so you will need to have sufficient funds available to cover all your expenses during this time and until your maintenance support has cleared in your bank account.

Part-time study
Full-time study not possible? Student Finance England are offering tuition & maintenance loans for part-time students. Meaning you can study one of our courses part-time and still get a student loan to help with your costs.

Access to Higher Education (HE) students

If you are applying to one of our Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma’s, depending on your residency history, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the your course fees. If you choose to take out an Advanced Learner Loan, you will not have to pay any upfront fees. Student Finance will pay the tuition fee on your behalf directly to the College. Details of how to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan can be found of the Government website [Advanced Learner Loan - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) ]. Please note, you must wait until you receive a learning and funding information letter from the College before making your loan application. You may apply, if you wish, for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover part of your tuition fees, and in this case, you will need to arrange to pay the remaining balance to the College.

Once you have completed your course you will only start to repay your loan when your income is over a certain ‘threshold’ amount. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advance Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE Dipoma once you have completed a higher education course. This means that you do not have to repay it.

Bursary fund
Once you have received your letter approving your Advance Learner Loan you may be able to get money from the Loan Bursary Fund. This fund is designed to help you pay for things like, accommodation and travel, course materials and equipment, childcare or classroom assistance for a disability or learning difficulty. To find out your eligibility please get in touch with our funding team on funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk or by calling 01904 770443.


TouchTone information

Our TouchTone telephone payment system allows you to make payments of any amount and on any date that suits you. Your account needs to be paid in full before your course end date, but you now have complete flexibility over your payment date and amounts. This means you can now pay weekly or monthly and you can pay as much or little as you can afford, as often as you like.

We will send you a monthly payment request that details your account balance and gives details of how to pay. All you then need to do is call our automated number and make your payment.

Your first monthly payment request will be issued via email after you enrol.

Please follow these instructions to make a payment.

Please ring 01904 770100 and select option 4 for TouchTone payments. Listen and follow the instructions given.

You will need the invoice number and date of birth in the format of year/month/day to use the TouchTone payment system – please wait for your enrolment confirmation email before attempting to make a payment

The TouchTone payment system will require you to enter your invoice number and date of birth exactly in the format as is shown in the email you are sent, please note that when the system repeats back your invoice number it will replace *** with INV. The system will also provide a payment authorisation code.

Other Professional Qualifications

For our professional qualifications the fee you pay depends on a number of criteria, for example: your age, previous studies, the level of the course and whether the course is full or part-time.

All our course fees are listed on each individual course page. Some of our courses are free to those who do not already have the qualification level they wish to study. For example, if you want to study GCSE English and do not already have a GCSE in English at grade C/4 or above, then the course is free. If you DO already have the qualification at grade C/4 or above, a fee would be payable.

Some of our courses are also free to people who have a low income or receive certain benefits. For other courses you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. See below for details on funding your course, if you are still unsure then do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your eligibility with an experienced advisor.

Fee payers
To study a professional course at York College you will need to fund your tuition fees. Full-time students may also need to fund their living expenses.

Your tuition fees can be paid in the following ways:

  • In full at the start of the academic year
  • In instalments by TouchTone payment system
  • Employer/ sponsor payment
  • Apply for an Advanced Learner Loan

By applying for an Advanced Learner Loan (students aged 19 and over on a Level 3 course of certificate level or above)

Please contact the Finance Department for more details of the payment options available to you on finance@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call 01904 770495.

Additional Costs
Some of our courses involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees. You can find this information on the individual course pages.

Advanced Learner Loan, don’t pay a penny upfront!

Allocation of Advanced Learner Loan funds is on a first come, first served basis. York College has an allocation of funds and once this has been exhausted, we are unable to fund Advanced Learner Loans. In this situation, we will contact you regarding your options for payment. Towards the end of the enrolment period our allocation may become limited.

If you’ve thought about studying for a new qualification but you’ve never been able to afford it, an Advanced Learner Loan could help you get started. Students aged 19 or older (on the first day of their course) who want to study certain Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualifications may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. The loan can be used to pay for eligible Level 3, 4, 5, or 6 qualifications including Certificates and Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and A Levels, enabling eligible students to borrow the course fees and pay them back at a later date.

The minimum loan amount is £300 and is for tuition fees only and is paid direct to the College. For most of our eligible courses you can borrow all of the tuition fee. If you only want a loan for part of the tuition fee, you can do that too.

You only start paying back the loan after your course has finished and when you are earning over the threshold. More details on the current thresholds can be found on the government website.

If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education Diploma, the loan and any interest accrued will be automatically written off when you successfully complete your full degree. Please note that this only applies if you progress to, and successfully complete, a degree programme which is eligible for student finance.

For more information visit the government’s website.

Please note:

  • Not all courses qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan, contact us to discuss your options and to find out if the course you are interested in qualifies
  • There is no requirement to apply for, or take up, an Advanced Learner Loan to pay your tuition fees
  • Eligibility for an Advanced Learner Loan is also based on meeting government-set residency criteria. Please contact Admissions on admissions@yorkcollege.ac.uk if you need more information.


Fee Remission Based on Previous Qualifications

If you are aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of the course, you may be eligible for fee remission if the course is:

  • An Entry Level or Level 1 programme which you need to get onto your first Level 2 and you do not already have a Level 2 qualification or higher or
  • An eligible Level 2 course and you do not already have a full Level 2 qualification or higher or
  • An eligible full Level 3 course and you do not already have a full Level 3 qualification or higher

Please note:

  • If you are aged 24 or over on the first day of your course, you are not eligible for this funding
  • Not all courses qualify for fee remission on this basis, contact us to discuss your options and to find out if the course you are interested in qualifies
  • Eligibility is also based on meeting government-set residency criteria. Please contact Admissions on admissions@yorkcollege.ac.uk if you need more information

Fee Remission Based on Income or Benefits

You may be eligible for fee remission if you are studying a course which will help you progress into work and you are:

  • In receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (including NI credits only) or
  • In receipt of Employment & Support Allowance (and you are in the work-related activity group) or
  • In receipt of Universal Credit and earning either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage a week or £338 a month or £541 (household claims) a month (household claims) and are determined by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups:
  • All Work-related Requirements Group
  • Work Preparation Group
  • Work-focused Interview Group
  • In receipt of another benefit and earning either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and you want to be employed (or increase your employment) and the course is relevant to helping improve your employment prospects and the needs of the local labour market or
  • Employed and earning under £15,376.50 a year

Please note:

  • Not all courses qualify for fee remission on this basis, contact us to discuss your options and to find out if the course you are interested in qualifies
  • Eligibility is also based on meeting government-set residency criteria. Please contact Admissions on admissions@yorkcollege.ac.uk if you need more information.

19-23 on First Day of Course – No Previous Level 2 Qualification

If you are aged 19-23 on the first day of the course and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification or higher, please contact us to discuss your options and to find out if you and the course you are interested in qualify for funding.

Additional Help
If you have additional costs such as childcare or travel, there may be help available through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund or the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund. More information and application forms are available from York College. Please note that not all courses qualify for this funding.

The College has advisors who can advise you about funding and benefits. There may be funding available to assist with essential costs depending on the course you are studying and your circumstances. For further advice please contact the Funding Team on 01904 770443 or email funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk.

Apprenticeships

Fees for students studying an apprenticeship at York College are dependent on the status of their employer. Any fee that may be due will be paid by your employer. Please ask your employer to contact Business Partnerships for a personal assessment. Email businesspartneerships@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call 01904 770368 (option1).

Useful contacts

Finance department
Our Finance Team deals with all payments and loan queries.
01904 770495
Finance@yorkcollege.ac.uk

Funding Team
Our Funding Team deal with applications for loans, bursaries, or assessment for fee remission.
01904 770443
funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk.

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