Fees & Finance
Advanced Learning Loans
If you are aged 19 or over considering enrolling on a further education course at Level 3 or above, you may have to pay fees for your chosen course. There is information on the college website about course fees and fee concessions. You may be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan to help with course.
Information and Advice
There is information about student finance on the college website and you can speak to your tutor or curriculum administrator if you need more help. You can also find out about entitlement to benefits from https://www.gov.uk – Benefits and if you are age 18+ and in receipt of income support you should consult your Job Centre Adviser.
If you earn less than £15,736 per annum you may be eligible for fully waived fees on a range of courses at level 2 or below. You will need to bring in evidence in order to enrol such as contract of employment or wage slip no more than 3 month olds before your learning start date.
Information on fees and funding correct at time of publication, however may be subject to change due to college and government policy decisions.
If you are aged 19+ and considering enrolling on a further education course at Level 3 or above you may be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan to help with course fees.
From 14th May you can apply for a loan for courses starting on or after 1st August 2018, it’s easy to apply online and repayments are simple. Your household income isn’t taken into account and there are NO credit checks involved. Apply now.
You must be aged 19 or over on the first day of your course and, in most cases, have lived in the UK for the 3 years immediately before this and be enrolling on to an eligible course. If you would like more information on eligibility please contact us or details can be found at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/eligibility
You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £25,000 a year, or £480 a week or £2083 a month. So repayments will stop and start in line with these thresholds.
Repayment calculations are simple and any balance outstanding is written off after 30 years.
Want to work out your potential monthly repayment?
Example: On a salary of £27,000
- Subtract £25,000 from the annual salary (£27,000 – £25,000 = £2000)
- Work out 9% of the remainder (9% of £2000 = £180)
- Divide the figure by 12 (£180/12 = £15)
- The monthly repayment would be £15 per month
You don’t have to borrow the full cost of your course and you can choose to pay some or your entire loan at any time without any extra charge.
If you get a loan to cover tuition fees for an Access to HE course and go on to successfully complete a course in Higher Education your loan will be written off in most cases.
FE Fees and Finance
College fees may be made up of several elements:
- tuition fees
- awarding body registration fees or examination and certification fees
- course-specific charges
College fees vary according to your age, your level of study, the type of programme you are studying and where it is delivered.
Fees for Further Education Courses
If you are 16 – 18 years old there will usually be no fees to pay for a full time Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) course, there are some exceptions, please see the college Fees Policy 2019/20.
Aged 19 – 23 Full Time Further Education course fees are up to a maximum of £1,100 tuition, plus exam fee, plus any course extras, waivers are available depending on each individual, please see the college Fees Policy 2019/20.
Aged 24 + If taking a Full Time Further Education course below Level 3 course fees are a maximum £1,100 tuition, plus exam fee, plus any course extras, waivers are available depending on each individual, please see the college Fees Policy 2019/20.
The ESFA will no longer fund 19-23 learners on a level 3+ course who have already achieved a level 3 qualification or 24+ learners on a level 3+ course. All fees are payable for these courses and can be paid for by student, employer or through and Advanced Learner Loan.
Fees for Part-Time and Adult Learning courses
Fees for Part-Time and Adult Learning courses will vary, so please contact us for further information. Some of these courses are not funded by the government, which means that they are not eligible for the concessions below.
A range of concessions are available for those aged 19+ depending on your eligibility (see table below).
|Student Type||Tuition fee||Exam Fee||Course Costs|
|16 -18 on a full-time ESFA funded course||No Fee||No Fee||No Fee|
|19+ and Unemployed|
• You receive Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only
• You receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
• You receive Universal Credit, earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £330 a month 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
• You are Released on Temporary Licence (RoTL) and studying outside a prison environment and are not funded through the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS).
• You receive other state benefits and earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or less than £330 a month.
• You want to be employed (or progress into more sustainable employment and earn less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £330 a month). Your course is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market needs
|No Fee||No Fee||No Fee|
|19-23 and this is your first full Level 2 qualification (i.e. you don’t already have a full Level 2 qualification)||No Fee||No Fee||No Fee|
|19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 qualification (i.e. you don’t already have a full Level 3 qualification)||No Fee||No Fee||No Fee|
|19-23 taking a full Level 4 qualification and you do not already have a full Level 3 qualification||Fees/Loan Payable||Fees/Loan Payable||Fees/Loan Payable|
|19-23 taking a Foundation Learning course (Entry Level or Level 1), if you don’t already have a full Level 2 qualification, and this current course will help you to progress to Level 2.||No Fee||No Fee||No Fee|
|GCSE Maths and English and you don’t already have a grade C or 4 or above in these||No Fee||No Fee||No Fee|
|19+ ESOL students not on active benefits||Payable||Payable||Payable|
|19+ Students who are directly referred by Jobcentre and in receipt of benefit||No Fee||No Fee||No Fee|
|19–23 with an Education Health and Care Plan||No Fee||No Fee||No Fee|
Please note that for people aged 16,17 and 18, it is your age on the 31 August 2017 that is used to decide if you meet the eligibility criteria in the above grid. If you are aged over 18, it is your age on the start date of the course that is used.
If you need to pay fees
All students will be expected to make arrangements to pay their fees at the time of enrolment. The college accepts payments by cheque and all major debit and credit cards as well as instalment payments by direct debit.
Instalment payments are allowed on long courses (over 20 weeks) with a minimum value of £100 with an initial payment of 25% of the course fee with the rest of the fee payable over a maximum of 4 further direct debit payments.
Please see the colleges Fee Policy 2019/20 found here for more information
**PLEASE NOTE: This information on this page is updated regularly, but we cannot guarantee that the detail will remain accurate, as Government policy often requires changes to how we operate. Applicants receiving an offer of a place will be sent further updated information.**
Please also note that information about financial support, loans, fees and funding is given based on information available from a range of sources, but does not claim to be complete. All information is provided in good faith, but does not constitute advice, and applicants/students are advised to check how the information applies to their personal circumstances.
Please see below table from the ESFA’s Adult Education Budget Guidance 2017/18
|Provision||19-to 23-year olds||24+ unemployed||24+ other|
|English and maths, up to and including level 2 (Must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement)||Fully funded*||Fully funded*||Fully funded*|
|Level 2 (First full level 2 must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement||Fully funded* (first and full)||Fully funded||Co-funded|
|Learning to progress to level 2||Fully funded^ (up to and including level 1||Fully funded||Co-funded|
|Level 3 (First full level 3 must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement)||Fully funded* (first and full)||Loan funded||Loan funded|
|Loan Funded** (previously achieved full level 3 or above)|
|Traineeship#||Fully funded (including 16- to 24-year-olds##)||N/A||N/A|
|English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learning up to and including level 2||Co-funded||Fully funded||Co-funded|
|Fully funded -unemployed|
|Learning aims up to and including level 2, where the learner has already achieved a first full level 2 or above||Co-funded||Fully funded||Co-funded|
|*Must be delivered as one of the English and maths, and/or first full level 2 or first full level 3 qualifications required as part of the legal entitlement.|
^Must be delivered as an entry or level one provision from local flexibility
#Excludes flexible element where funding depends on age and level
##16- to 18-year-old learners must be eligible under the ESFA’s young people’s residency requirements.
**Availability of loans at level3 does not replace the legal entitlement to full funding for learners aged 19 to 23 undertaking their first full level 3.
In studying a Higher Education or Teacher Education course with University Centre Leeds, whether it be at our University Centre, Quarry Hill Campus, Printworks Campus, Keighley College or Harrogate College, we provide a high quality learning experience at a reasonable price. Our fees are set with this in mind.
When undertaking such a course there are a number of costs that you should make yourself aware of before starting on your chosen programme:
1) TUITION FEES
These are mandatory and depending on the course you chose to study the tuition fees you pay may cover but may not be limited to:
i) Lectures, seminars, tutorials and individual tuition
ii) Workshops, masterclasses and visiting speakers/professionals
iii) Library and computing facilities
iv) Access to practice rooms, studios and performance spaces
v) Equipment loan
vi) Admissions and course administration
vii) Assessment, validation and graduation
viii) Support, advice and wellbeing services
ix) Careers, employability and Alumni services
We will be charging full time tuition fees of £7,950 per academic year unless otherwise stated, for those UK and EU residents starting full-time HE programmes in 2020/21.
Part-time HE tuition fees for those starting programmes in 2020/2021 will be £3,975 per academic year unless otherwise stated.
For those who have the potential to benefit from studying with us at the University Centre, there should be no financial barriers.
2) ADDITIONAL COURSE COSTS
These may be optional or mandatory based on the course you apply for and are for resources that you may need to be able to study on your course such as materials for art based courses, a kit for sports based courses or a DBS for those that require a placement. For information relevant to your course please visit the relevant course page which can be found at https://ucleeds.ac.uk/our-courses/courses/
3) LIVING COSTS
Whether you will be living at home or moving away, you will be able to apply for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England (SFE) for your living costs, such as rent and bills. The amount you receive depends on your household income and where you live and study. Should you be eligible for a loan then it is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term.
For the academic year of 2019/20 applicants could apply for a loan of up to £8,944 if living away from home, where the household income is less than £47,674. The amounts for 2020/21 have yet to be released.
Travel expenses – If you plan on using public transport to get to college then you may wish to apply for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England to help to cover these costs. We would also advise that you may wish to check with the bus or train operator you would be traveling with to see if they offer any discounted tickets for students. If you require a letter confirming your student status, this can be provided once you have enrolled on to your chosen course.
Childcare – Although we condense our full time studies into just two days we understand that you may need to make alternative care arrangements for your young ones. Students on our full time courses may wish to apply for a Childcare Grant from Student Finance England. Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/childcare-grant
There are 3 main ways students usually pay for their tuition fees which include:
- A tuition fee loan from Student Finance England (sfe)
- Their employers fund their course
- Students pay for their own tuition fees
Please see the information below for further details in regards to these payment methods.
1) TUITION FEE LOAN FROM STUDENT FINANCE ENGLAND
Tuition fee loans will be available to cover the full cost of tuition, regardless of household income, and this will be paid directly to the College by the Student Loans Company. As a part-time student you are also eligible for a tuition fee loan.
As a full time student, you’ll be due to start repaying your loan in the April after you finish or leave your course, but only if you’re earning over the repayment threshold.
If you’re a part-time student, you’ll be due to start repaying your loan in the April after you finish or leave your course, or the April four years after the first day of your course (even if you’re still studying), whichever comes first, but only if you’re earning over the repayment threshold.
You’ll only start making repayments when your income is over the UK repayment threshold, which is currently £25,725 a year, £2,143 a month or £494 a week (before tax and other deductions). If your income falls below the repayment threshold, repayments will stop and only re-start when your income is over the threshold.
You’ll repay 9% of your income over £494 a week, £2,143 a month or £25,725 a year. If your income changes, either rising or falling, your repayment amounts will automatically change to reflect this.
|Income each year before tax||Monthly salary||Monthly repayment|
|Up to £25,725||£2,143||£0|
More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
For information relating to fees for the 2020-21 academic year please see the Higher Education Fees & Refund Policy
Working Out Your Budget
You can get an estimate of the amount of student finance you would be entitled to, before you actually apply, by using the Student Finance calculator at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator
2) FUNDED BY YOUR EMPLOYER
If your employer will be paying your fees, we require a letter upon enrolment (on company letterhead) requesting an invoice for your fees with a purchase order number. This letter needs to state your name and the course fee. Our finance office can then raise an invoice from our finance system.
3) SELF-FUNDING YOUR COURSE
If you intend to pay the tuition fees yourself, we require 25% of the year’s tuition fees at enrolment in September, paid either by cash, cheque (made payable to Leeds City College) or debit/credit card. You will also need to bring your bank sort code and account number so that we can set up a direct debit for 6 consecutive monthly payments which typically start in either October or November and can be set up for either the 1st or the 16th of the month.
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) – If you have additional support needs, there may be financial assistance available to help meet these needs whilst studying at college through the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). The Disabled Students’ Allowance is a grant to help pay for extra equipment and support that you may need as a direct result of your disability, on-going health condition, sensory impairment, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. For further information please visit https://ucleeds.ac.uk/fees-finance/disabled-students-allowance/
Full Time Bursary – For students who choose to study with us on a full time basis, University Centre Leeds offers a bursary, which will be awarded to those who meet the following eligibility criteria:
1) Your household income has been assessed by Student Finance England through a means tested assessment, falls below £42,600 and you have agreed to share this information 10 working days before the bursary payment date.
2) You are up to date with your work
3) You have an attendance record of 80% or above
Should you meet the above criteria, the amount you may be awarded is based on your household income as follows:
(as assessed by Student Finance England)
Semester 1 payment
Semester 2 payment
|Less than £25,000||£500||£250||£250|
|£25,001 and £42,600||£250||£125|
The bursary does not apply to EU students who are eligible for the tuition fee loan only, or international students.
You will not need to apply separately for this bursary; you do this while applying for your financial support through Student Finance England. Please agree to a household income assessment (a means test) and ‘agree to share’ the outcome of this assessment. Everyone who contributes to the household income and forms part of the assessment needs to agree to share the outcome. The assessment is carried out by Student Finance (England) and they provide the information to the College. Failure to do this will mean that Student Finance England will be unable to assess your eligibility for a bursary.
To qualify for the bursary you must also meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of 80% attendance and
- Be up to date with your course work
If you are successful, the amount awarded would be split into 2 payments to be paid to you, one at the end of each semester. More information on the criteria will be provided after your enrolment.
If you’re eligible to receive the college bursary, but it has been withheld because you are not up to date with work or are below the required attendance, then you may be able to appeal if you feel there are mitigating circumstances behind this. You can do so by filling in the following form.
Please see our Student Privacy Notice, this details what information we collect from you, why we process your information and who we share the information with in line with Data Protection Legislation.