Peter Symonds College

FEES & COSTS

2016-2017

FURTHER EDUCATION

If you are applying for a Government subsidised course which normally leads to a professional qualification, and you comply with the Fees Agency residency/settled status criteria requested on enrolment are not repeating learning already undertaken to achieve a qualification, you may be entitled to fee remission or subsidies. Adults aged 19 and over at the start of your learning must be aged 19 or older on 31 August 2016 to receive any applicable funding (excluding Advanced Learner Loans).

UNDER 19s

The course and exam fees are free. Re-sit exam fees, if needed in the future, will be charged.

ADULTS AGED 19-23 at the start of your learning

LEVEL 2 & LEVEL 3– COURSE FEE FREE [Legal Entitlement 2 or 3 – (LE2 or LE3)] for eligible courses only

Applicable to your FIRST FULL Level 2 or FIRST FULL Level 3

On enrolment, you will need to declare that you are enrolling on an eligible full Level 2 or Level 3 Skills Funding Agency subsidised accredited course and do not already have a FULL Level 2 or FULL Level 3, meet the residency and “settled” status requirements requested on enrolment. This is applicable to Science GCSE if this is the fifth GCSE you are taking to make it a full Level 2.

[A FULL Level 2 = 5 GCSEs at A*-C or 5 CSEs at Grade 1 or 1 A Level or 2-3 AS Levels or BTEC First Diploma, NVQ Level 2 or equivalent]

[A FULL Level 3 = 2 or more A Levels or 4 or more AS Levels or BTEC ONC/OND or NVQ Level 3 or an Access to HE qualification or equivalent]

APPLICABLE TO BENEFITS – Level 2 Courses

On enrolment, if you have already achieved a Level 2 but are unemployed and need this qualification to remove a barrier to get into work, you need to provide an up to date benefit notification (dated within the last 6 weeks) of one of the following:

·Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) including the partner where the claim is joint (not dependants)

·Job Seekers Allowance – National Insurance Credits only

·Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) (not dependants)

·Universal Credits if you earn less than 16 times the National Minimum wage per week or £330 a month

AND

are determined by JobCentrePlus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups:

oAll Work Related Requirements groups;

oWork Preparation group;

oWork Focused Interview group.

You will need to provide benefit evidence again within 4 weeks of the course start date (if enrolling before that time) to confirm you are still in receipt and to firm up your enrolment.

APPLICABLE AT COLLEGE DISCRETION – Level 2 Courses

On enrolment, if you have already achieved a Level 2 but are unemployed but not on an Active Benefit, you will need to provide a benefit notification of those listed below (ESA and Income Support notifications need to be dated within the last 6 weeks) for courses deemed eligible and agreed by the College where skills training could help you gain employment or progress into more sustainable employment, you meet the residency and “settled” status requirements requested on enrolment and you are named on one of the following benefit notifications (not a dependant):

·Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) – Income Related

or

·Council Tax Benefit (not25% single person’s discount)

or

·Housing Benefit

or

·Income Support

AND

You earn less than 16 times the National Minimum wage per week or £330 a month

You will need to provide benefit evidence again within 4 weeks of the course start date (if enrolling before that time) to confirm you are still in receipt and to firm up your enrolment.

ADULTS AGED 24 and Over at the start of your learning

APPLICABLE TO BENEFITS – Level 2 Courses

On enrolment, if are unemployed and need this qualification to remove a barrier to get into work, you need to provide an up to date benefit notification (dated within the last 6 weeks) of one of the following:

·Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) including the partner where the claim is joint (not dependants)

·Job Seekers Allowance – National Insurance Credits only

·Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) (not dependants)

·Universal Credits if you earn less than 16 times the National Minimum wage per week or £330 a month

AND

are determined by JobCentrePlus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups:

oAll Work Related Requirements groups;

oWork Preparation group;

oWork Focused Interview group.

You will need to provide benefit evidence again within 4 weeks of the course start date (if enrolling before that time) to confirm you are still in receipt and to firm up your enrolment.

APPLICABLE AT COLLEGE DISCRETION – Level 2 Courses

On enrolment, if you are unemployed but not on an Active Benefit, you will need to provide a benefit notification of those listed below (ESA and Income Support notifications need to be dated within the last 6 weeks) for courses deemed eligible and agreed by the College where skills training could help you gain employment or progress into more sustainable employment, you meet the residency and “settled” status requirements requested on enrolment and you are named on one of the following benefit notifications (not a dependant):

·Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) – Income Related

or

·Council Tax Benefit (not25% single person’s discount)

or

·Housing Benefit

or

·Income Support

AND

You earn less than 16 times the National Minimum wage per week or £330 a month

You will need to provide benefit evidence again within 4 weeks of the course start date (if enrolling before that time) to confirm you are still in receipt and to firm up your enrolment.

ADULTS AGED 19 AND OVER at the start of your learning

LITERACY, NUMERACY AND GCSE ENGLISH AND MATHS – COURSE FEE FREE

On enrolment, you need to declare that you do not already hold a GCSE grade A*-C or 9-4 (2016) in English and/or Maths, otherwise you will need to pay for the GCSE and will be unable to attend Literacy and/or Numeracy.

UP TO & INCLUDING LEVEL 2 -SUBSIDISED COURSES

For courses that do not fall into the above fee remission categories, you will need to pay for the course yourself, but the fee does already include a 50% reduction from the Government. You may pay the course fees in full in one payment on enrolment or spread the cost by entering into an Instalment Plan, if applicable (see Instalment Plan Option below).

LEVEL 3 COURSES

If your course does not fall into the above category, it may attract an Advanced Learner Loan to be able to pay the fees with (see Advanced Learner Loan section below).

INSTALMENT PLAN OPTION - For courses longer than 12 weeks and costing more than £100

Payment in instalments is available for courses costing over £100 and that last longer than 12 weeks.If you would like to pay by instalments, you will need to sign an agreement with our Registry office:

·First payment due on enrolment - 1/3rdcourse fee + exam/accreditation fee + materials costs + £25 admin fee;

·Second payment: due on 5thof the 2ndmonth after the course start date - 1/3rdcourse fee;

·Third payment: due on 5thof the following month after the second payment - 1/3rdcourse fee.

For example, if you enrol in July for a course that starts in September, the 2ndpayment will be due 5 November and the 3rdon 5 December or if the course starts in November, the 2ndpayment will be due 5 January and the 3rdon 5 February.

The second and third payments can either be taken on a credit or debit card that is still in date on the third instalment payment date or two post dated cheques.

ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN

Some eligible Level 3 courses still attract fee remission if it is your first FULL Level 3 course (see above under “ADULTS AGED 19-23 at the start of your learning” section) otherwise there are no longer any subsidies. For eligible Level 3 or 4 courses, if you are aged 19 or over, instead of paying in full on enrolment or by instalment plan, you may be eligible to take advantage of the Advanced Learner Loan. Click hereto determine your eligibility.

For those enrolling onto the Access to Higher Education course and taking out an Advanced Learner Loan, if you go on to complete a Higher Education programme, any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balance you owe for the Access to HE course will be written off!

The Advanced Learner Loan allows you to apply for funding for eligible Level 3 and Level 4 course fees. Repayment of the loan will not start taking place until you earn above £21,000 with deductions being taken directly through the tax system from April 2016 onwards (the April after the end of your course thereafter).

To qualify you'll need to:

·be aged 19 and over at the start of your course

·be a resident in the UK

·have not previously had an Advanced Learner Loan to do the same qualification type and level of qualification

·be up to date with any previous 24+ Advanced Learning or Higher Education Loan (not in arrears)

·be studying an eligible Level 3 or Level 4 (including QCF Certificates and Diplomas, Access to HE and Advanced and Higher *Apprenticeships)

·have a National Insurance Number (NINO) by the start of the course to enable payments to be released to the College

·satisfy nationality and residency criteria

The loans are not means tested or credit checked and if you meet the criteria, you will be able to apply for a loan whether you're employed or unemployed - the loan will then be paid directly to the College on your behalf. The minimum loan amount that you can apply for is £300. So, if you never earn over £21,000, you will not need to pay anything!

For more information, please visit the National Careers Service website and the Money Advice Service for independent financial advice:

National Careers Service

Money Advice Service

HIGHER EDUCATION

STUDENT LOAN

Tuition fee loans, maintenance loans, childcare grants, disabled students’ allowances, etc are available to eligible students living in England. As our Foundation degrees/Top Up degrees total 120 credits per year, they are classed as “full time” and, therefore, you will be able to apply to the Student Loans Company for funding.

Previous higher education study regardless of how it was funded may limit your eligibility now. TheStudent Finance Calculatorwill allow you to estimate what loans, grants and funding you may be entitled to.

For new applicants starting your full time course from September 2016, please apply NOW via theStudent Finance website.

An online walkthrough application guide is also available on the gov.uk website.

For continuing students, please login to your student finance account, update and check that nothing has changed regarding your personal or course details (ensure it is for a FULL TIME course) and then ensure you sign and return the loan declaration you receive in the post.

Please note: If your loan application is unsuccessful, you will need to arrange to pay your course fees, including any exam/registration fee, as soon as possible, either in full or via instalments.

FOUNDATION DEGREE/TOP UP DEGREE INSTALMENT PLAN

Payment in instalments is available for Foundation Degree/Top Up Degree courses if you are not eligible for or do not choose to take out a Student Loan. If you would like to pay by instalments, you will need to sign an agreement with our Registry office. For example, a course fee totalling £4500 (including £600 registration fee) validated by Middlesex University:

·First payment due on enrolment - Middlesex Registration Fee £600 + 1/3rdcourse fee £1300 + £25 admin fee = £1925

·Second payment: due on 5thFebruary 2014 - 1/3rdcourse fee= £1300

·Third payment: due on 5thApril 2014 - 1/3rdcourse fee = £1300

The second and third payments can either be taken on a credit or debit card that will still be in date on the third instalment payment date or two post-dated cheques.

If you have already studied for a degree, for tuition fee assistance, some banks offer graduate loans but subject to their own terms & conditions.

IF YOU SUBSEQUENTLY WITHDRAW OR ARE WITHDRAWN FROM YOUR COURSE YOU WILL BECOME PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR ANY AMOUNT OUTSTANDING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE COURSE. You will need to pay the outstanding balance within 7 days of your withdrawal. If this is not possible, please speak with the Business Manager on 01962 889542 to make alternative arrangements.

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