Fees & Finance
Keighley College has funds to provide help for students with course-related costs such as equipment, stationery, residential trips, travel to and from college, specialist clothing and child care. There may be help towards the cost of fees for some courses (16-18 year olds do not pay fees).
- Who can apply?
- How do I apply?
- What other help is there?
- Advanced Learner Loans
- Child Care Needs
- FE Fees and Funding
- Fees for Further Education Courses
- If you need to pay fees
- Other Money Matters
- Help From External Agencies
- Other sources of financial support
- HE Fees and Finance
- Adult Education Budget (AEB)
- HE Related Policies and Documents
Applications will be considered from students whose annual gross household income is less than £26,000 or, for a single person living independently £16,000 who are studying on a course funded by EFA, SFA or an Advanced Learning Loan.
You will be studying a minimum of 5 hours per week and meet the residency requirements for studying in the UK. More detailed information is available in the Student Financial Support Policy 2016/17 on the college website.
Ask your tutor for a copy or ask at the Student Services office.
Evidence of household income must be brought in with the application form, e.g. benefit award notices, etc (the form states exactly what you need to show us). Remember to complete the form fully and show us the evidence we ask for in order to process your application quickly.
Completed applications can be returned to your coaching tutor or School Admin team
Guaranteed Bursary for 16-18yr olds – For students in care/leaving care, or claiming Income Support for themselves. This is a cash payment of up to £1200 a year which is paid as a weekly amount.
Who can claim this bursary?
- young people in care
- care leavers
- young people in receipt of income support in their own name
- young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance AND Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments)
- young people in receipt of Universal Credit
This scheme is open to students aged 18 or under on the 31 August in ‘vulnerable groups’ which include:
Eligible student will receive a Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1,200 spread over the college year, paid at a weekly rate, to help with course related costs.
16-18 Discretionary Bursary Fund
Other students aged 16 – 18 in hardship will be able to apply to the 16 – 18 Discretionary Learner Support Fund for support with the costs of coming to college, e.g. travel, course related costs, residential etc. We will carry out an assessment of your household income to confirm whether you are eligible. To be eligible you must fit the following criteria:
- You are aged either 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August 2015
- Your course must be at least 10 weeks and 5 hours of lessons per week
- Your household needs to receive income assessed benefits or have a gross income of less than £22,000
19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund
The Discretionary Learner Support Fund is an allocation of funding given to colleges and other providers to support adult students in financial hardship. You can apply for support with the costs of transport to and from college, course related costs, fees and childcare. We will carry out an assessment of your household income to confirm whether you are eligible. To be eligible you must fit the following criteria:
- You are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2015
- Your course must be at least 1 term and 5 hours of lessons per week (for help with fees and childcare you may be eligible if your course is less than 5 hours a week – please check with a Student Adviser)
- Your household needs to receive income assessed benefits or have a gross income of less than £22,000 per year for families or couples, £13,000 for single people living independently
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.
The childcare application fund is closed as of the 26th of September 2017. If you have handed in your application prior to this date, it is currently been processed and we will contact you in due course, please be aware this may take up to two weeks.
If you do require childcare and have not yet applied, please keep checking the website to see if the fund has been re-opened. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0113 386 1825 or alternatively, you can speak to Karen Shaw, our Childcare adviser, on 07773338401.
The College is able to offer some support with the cost of Ofsted Registered childcare through awards from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund towards the cost of external childcare; however, funding is limited, so please apply early (e.g. when you submit your application to college – please do not wait until enrolment). Please ask for more information on applying at your Campus Customer Information Point.
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 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||Course Costs (where applicable)|
|16 -18 on a full-time Further Education funded course||Free||Free|
|19+ and Unemployed
You receive Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only
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
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.
19-23 or over 24 and studying below Level 3, and are unemployed and in receipt of Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, ESA (Support Group) or ESA (Assessment Phase) can have their fees remitted if they are taking a course with an aim to get back into work (you will be asked to sign a self-declaration form).
|19-23 and this is your first full Level 2 qualification (i.e. you don’t already have a full Level 2 qualification)||Free||Free|
|19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 qualification (i.e. you don’t already have a full Level 3 qualification)||Free||Free|
|19-23 taking a full Level 4 qualification and you do not already have a full Level 3 qualification||Free||Free|
|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||Free||Free|
|19+ on Brush up on English/Maths (Not ESOL)||Free||Free|
|GCSE Maths and English and you don’t already have a grade C or above in these||Free||Free|
|19+ ESOL students not on active benefits||Free||Free|
|19+ students who are directly referred by Jobcentre||Free||Free|
|19 – 24 with a learning difficulty and/or disability (and you have a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education Health and Care Plan)||Free||Free|
|19 – 24 with a learning difficulty and/or disability (and you do not have a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education Health and Care Plan)||50% off fees payable||Payable|
Please note that for people aged 16,17 and 18, it is your age on the 31 August of the academic year that you are enrolling to that is used to decide if you meet the eligibility criteria in the above grid.
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 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.
Studying on Benefits
Welfare reforms have brought some changes to the type of state benefits that people can claim. You may be able to study at the same time as claiming benefits. It is recommended that you seek advice about studying and claiming benefits before you enrol on a course. Please check with your Job Centre, alternatively, our reception staff can help you.
Free Student Meals
Free student meals are available to eligible* students on each day they attend their study programme.
To be eligible for free student meals the student must be either Aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2015 or aged between 19 and 25 and subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (DLA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) AND be in receipt of, or have parents who are in receipt of one of more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support under part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
Please note that evidence of the benefit(s) above will be required with your application.
The amount set for each meal is £3.00
Students studying on an Apprenticeship are not eligible for Free Student Meals.
Students aged 16-18 in full-time education are entitled to half fare travel. Application forms for the concessionary passes will be available throughout the enrolment and induction period. Alternatively please visit your local Metro travel office.
Students in hardship, who live more than two miles from their place of study can apply to the Discretionary Learner Support Fund for support with the costs of travel. If you are worried about the cost of coming to college, contact our Student Advisers about any financial support you may be able to get.
Army Further Education Bursary Scheme
Aimed at people who want to get qualified before they join the Regular Army, the Further Education Bursary aims to support you while you’re at school or college and guarantees you a training place when you finish. During your course, your own Careers Adviser will give you support and advice. They can help you organise work experience or an Insight Course to see first hand what Army life is like.
Speak to an Army Careers Adviser to find out more at your nearest Careers Office. Visit www.army.mod.uk/training_education/25683.aspx
City & Guilds Bursaries
City & Guilds offers a small number of bursaries each year to people who would like to study for a City & Guilds qualification but cannot afford the cost of study. The Bursaries Round will open in early autumn 2015 for students starting their qualifications on or after 1st January 2016.
The bursaries can be used for a wide range of purposes including:
Paying your course and/or exam fees
Covering living costs if you are unable to work while you study
Covering childcare or travel expenses
Covering other costs that are making it difficult for you to enrol on a course
Please visit http://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-and-apprenticeships/support/bursaries
for more information and to apply.
Professional Career Development Loans
We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 2289. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Please visit the sites below for further information on funding and support that may be available:
Family Action distributes grants to individuals over the age of 14, looking to unlock their educational potential by participating in further education.
Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help. Their website can help you find financial support, quickly and easily, based on your circumstances. It features a free and easy to use Benefits Calculator and Grant search, along with other information and resources.
There are also various Trusts and Charities you may be able to apply to for help with studying. Your public library may have directories of charitable trusts that provide grants and awards such as:
- the Educational Grants Directory
- the Charities Digest
- the Grants Register
- the Directory of Grant Making Trusts
The Prince’s Trust can help with course fees, tools or equipment, transport etc.
You may be eligible for a grant if you are a UK resident, and you are:
- Aged 14-17 still in compulsory education and do not have/are not expecting to achieve five GCSEs grades A-C (or equivalent)
- Aged 17-25 and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, or in education fewer than 14 hours a week
- Speak to someone about all Prince’s Trust programmes and any general enquiries by calling 0800 842842
Find out about funding availability in your local area, text “Call Me” to 07983 385418
Please 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.
Fees and Finance
Keighley College provides a high quality learning experience at a reasonable price. Our fees are set with this in mind.
We will be charging tuition fees of £6,999 per academic year for those UK and EU residents starting full-time HE programmes in 2018/2019. This decision has been made after very careful consideration of the Government’s proposed changes to Higher Education funding, which means that students will have to cover the whole cost of the tuition themselves, rather than the Government paying part of it.
Part-time HE tuition fees for those starting programmes in 2018/2019 will be £3,500 per academic year unless otherwise stated.
For those who have the potential to benefit from studying with us at Keighley College, there should be no financial barriers.
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 www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator
There is also a detailed calculator at www.studentcalculator.org.uk
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.
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.
You’ll only start making repayments when your income is over the UK repayment threshold, which is currently £21,000 a year, £1,750 a month or £404 a week. Subject to Parliamentary approval, this is expected to change to £25,000 a year from 6 April 2018. 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 £404 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 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 £21,000||£1,750||£0|
More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
For the for the 2018 to 2019 funding year, a one year trial will enable more eligible adults to access AEB funding.