Peter Symonds College

FEE PAYMENT, REMISSION OF FEES AND INSTALMENT POLICY

Fees quoted are for the current academic year only and are payable prior to the commencement of a programme of study. Students will not be able to start the course unless they have:

  • paid in full;
  • obtained confirmation of eligibility for fee remission from the Student Support Administrator;
  • written proof of approval of a student loan (HE)
  • an authorised instalment plan.

Where students are eligible for fee remission they must provide all the necessary paperwork to the Student Support Administrator and have confirmation of eligibility before they start their course. Students have the option of paying their fees by instalment providing they meet the terms and conditions outlined below.

Peter Symonds College reserves the right to refuse admission to students who currently have outstanding fees from a previous academic year / enrolment.

Remission of fees for Skills Funding Agency (SFA)/Further Education (FE) students:

If a student thinks they may qualify for fee remission they must bring in their most recent correspondence received from the relevant authority which proves they are in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Jobseekers’ Allowance (including the partner where the claim is joint)
  • Employment & Support Allowance (in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG))
  • Income Support, Council Tax or Housing Benefit if unemployed and looking for work

If a student enrols more than one month prior to the start of the course they will be required to provide evidence, mentioned above, dated within one month prior to the course start date to show that they are still in receipt of the relevant benefit(s) to qualify for the fee remission.

Fee remission also applies to:

  • 16-18 year olds full or part-time
  • Those taking learning aims that are funded as functional skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • 19-23 year old students studying their first full level 2 or level 3 qualification (including Access to HE) - must be 19 but not yet 24 on the start date of the course

If a student falls into any one of these groups they will receive full course fee remission on SFA funded vocational courses providing they produce the evidence within the above stated timescales.

Payment of Course Fees by Instalment.
Instalment Policy for Students on FE, HE and Full Cost courses.

NB: a £25 administration fee will be charged for instalment arrangements, this is non-refundable.

Students paying their own fees can pay by up to 3 instalments providing that:

  • Course fees are in excess of £100 and the duration of the course is more than 12 weeks
  • With regards to Further Education (FE) programmes an initial payment equal to one third of the tuition fee plus any accreditation, examination, consumables, instalment arrangement and administration fees is paid on enrolment; the second instalment of one third of the tuition fee will be collected on the 5th of the 2nd month after the course start date (i.e. if the course starts in September, the 2nd payment will be collected on 5th November) and the final instalment of the last third of the tuition fee will be collected on the 5th of the 3rd month after the course start date (i.e. if the course starts in September, the 3rd payment will be collected on 5th December)
  • With regards to Higher Education (HE) programmes an initial payment equal to one third of the tuition fee plus any registration, accreditation, examination, consumables, instalment arrangement and administration fees is paid on enrolment; the second instalment of one third of the tuition fee will be collected on February 5th and the final instalment of one third of the tuition fee will be collected on April 5th of each year of the course

    The student will need to supply:
    - a completed instalment plan
    - written confirmation of an approved student loan (HE)
    - credit/debit card details or a cheque for the first payment
    - two post-dated cheques will be acceptable for the second and third instalments, made payable to Peter
    Symonds College
    - The student has no outstanding balance of fees from a previous year
    - The student does not have, or is not in the process of, an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)
    - The student has not defaulted on instalment / payment arrangements in a previous year

Paying by instalments is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Students who withdraw from their programme remain liable for full course fees
  2. Peter Symonds College charges an administration fee of £25 for instalment arrangements
  3. Instalment arrangements are not available for: overseas students; sponsors or employers; or students without a UK bank account unless agreed by the Director of Adult & Higher Education
  4. Fees will be collected on the agreed dates in the instalment plan
  5. Fees charged will normally be for the current academic year only. For the majority of courses lasting more than 1 year, fees will be charged at the start of each year
  6. Peter Symonds College reserves the right to withhold applications for certification for students with an outstanding balance of fees
  7. If the college is unable to collect payment, the student's ID card will be deactivated and IT account suspended unless satisfactory payment arrangements are made
  8. If the college is unable to collect an instalment payment from the student's bank account on more than one occasion, the student may be asked to leave their programme but will remain liable for payment of any outstanding fees
  9. Peter Symonds College is prepared to take action where necessary through the County Court, to recover debts from students who do not adhere to payment arrangements and / or fail to respond to correspondence from Registry. This could result in a County Court Judgement against the student. NB: all County Court costs will be added to the balance due from the student
  10. Any student with a change of address and / or credit card details must notify Registry immediately

What happens if my tuition fee payment is late?

If you become aware that a payment will be late you must contact the Assistant Bursar at the Adult & Higher Education division to explain why this has occurred. If you are in genuine difficulty making your payment we will try to agree a plan of payment that is more manageable. If you fail to submit a payment plan or if your planned payment method fails you will be contacted within two weeks of the expected payment date and asked to make immediate payment by another method. If this payment method also fails you will be charged an additional administration fee. Each time your chosen method of payment fails or is declined you will be charged an additional administration fee of £25.00. If you fail to respond or you are unable to provide an acceptable payment plan, the college reserves the right to terminate your studies. The college will then put any outstanding debt in the hands of a debt collector. Any additional costs incurred will be added to your account. Students who continue to be in debt to the college at the end of the first academic year will not be permitted to register for the following year of their programme. Also, please be aware that if you remain in debt to the college you will be required to pay your balance before enrolling on any subsequent courses whether they are subsidised or full cost.

What can I do if I’m having difficulty paying my fees?

If you are experiencing difficulties in paying tuition fees you should seek help at the earliest possible opportunity. Initially you should approach the Student Support Manager or a member of her team at Reception. They will be able to provide general advice as well as information about any additional funding that may be available. You may also wish to speak to your tutor for support and advice. It is important to keep the College informed of the developments (see above). The College will be sympathetic and assist where it can, however in order to maintain the quality of teaching for everyone else the college must act to recover debts.