Don’t let finances hold you back.
At Leeds City College, there are lots of ways we can support you with course-related costs.
Please note, financial support and entitlement to loans and bursaries are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
To apply for financial support, you must be enrolled onto an eligible Leeds City College course.
If the below information doesn’t answer your questions, you may be able to find out more information from our policies or useful resources.
Fees for part-time and adult learning (19+) 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 waivers or concessions.
Adult education course fees can be found alongside each course in the guide. Long course fees and fees over £100 may be paid by an instalment plan. Please contact us for more information.
19+ course fees
You may qualify for funding to help you pay for your course. Fees may be waived due to personal circumstances and/or if you receive certain benefits. Please note that you will need to provide evidence to prove your benefit payments.
If you are aged 19-23, full-time FE course fees are up to a maximum of £1,100 plus exam fees and any course extras. Waivers are available depending on each individual, please see the college’s fees policy 2019/20 for more information.
If you are aged 24 or over and taking a FE course below Level 3, course fees are a maximum of £1,100 plus exam fees and any course extras. Waivers are available depending on each individual, please see the college’s fees policy 2019/20 for more information.
Please note, the ESFA will no longer fund 19-23 students on a Level 3+ course who have already achieved a Level 3 qualification or 24+ students on a Level 3+ course. All fees are payable for these courses and can be paid for by students, employers or through an Advanced Learner Loan.
College fees may include tuition fees, awarding body registration fees or examination and certification fees and course-specific charges. Please note, college fees may vary according to your age, level of study, type of programme and course location.
Fee Concession (19+)
If you are over the age of 19 and would like to study a FE course you may be eligible for a tuition fee, exam fee or course cost concessions depending on your eligibility.
- 19+ and unemployed*.
- You are 19-23 and this is your first full Level 2 qualification.
- You are 19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 qualification.
- You are 19-23 and taking a full Level 4 qualification and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification (fees/loan payable for tuition fees, exam fees and course costs).
- You are 19-23 taking a foundation learning course (Entry Level or Level 1), don’t already hold a full Level 2 qualification and this course will help you progress to Level 2.
- You are studying GCSE English and maths and don’t already have a grade 4 or above in these.
- You are a 19+ ESOL student who is not on active benefits (tuition fees, exam fees and course costs will be payable).
- You are a 19+ student who is directly referred by Jobcentre and in receipt of benefits.
- You are 19-23 with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
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. To enrol, you will need to bring in evidence such as a contract of employment or a wage slip no more than three months old before your learning start date.
*Please note, concessions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be subject to change. We always advise you find out your eligibility for concessions prior to enrolling. For more information, please contact us.
*Please note, to be considered 19+ and unemployed (in terms of eligibility for financial support) you fall into one of the following categories:
- You receive Jobseeker’s 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 a work-related requirements group, work preparation group or work-focused interview group.
- You are released on 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) and your course is directly relevant to employment prospects and the local labour market needs.
You can find out about your entitlement to benefits from gov.uk. If you are over the age of 18 and in receipt of income support, you should consult your job centre advisor
Employed learners on Level 2 courses and below, earning less than £16,009.50 annual gross salary may also be exempt from some fees. Please note, you will need evidence of your earnings. This may include a contract of employment or a wage slip that is less than three months old.
Adults under 24 studying for their first full Level 2 qualification may be eligible for free tuition subject to status and dependent on the course. Please contact us for more information.
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 four further direct debit payments.
Please note, this information on this page is updated regularly, but we cannot guarantee that the details 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 applicants and students are advised to check how the information applies to their personal circumstances.
All details on what the Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding rules from 01 August 2019 to 31 July 2020 can be found on the government website at gov.uk. For more information, please refer to our fees policy or contact us.
If you are 19-23 and plan to study a course at Level 3 including A levels, Access to HE diplomas, and professional qualifications, you may be eligible for free tuition. This is dependant on the qualifications you have previously achieved and the qualification you study. Please contact us for further information.
Community Learning Course Fees
For some courses funded through Leeds City Council, concessionary rates are available if you are in receipt of certain benefits.
Advanced Learner Loans
To help cover the costs of part or all of the fees, the government has introduced Advanced Learner Loans. These are government loan options that help bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, by providing financial support while you study.
You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan if you are:
- Aged 19 or over
- A resident in the UK
- Accepted on to an eligible course at Level 3
The minimum you can borrow is £300 and the maximum depends on the fees for your course. You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan via Student Finance England. Your household income isn’t taken into account and there are no credit checks involved.
You must be aged 19 or over on the first day of your course and, in most cases, have lived in the UK for three years immediately before this and enrolling on to an eligible course.
If you would like more information on eligibility, please contact us or details can be found at gov.uk.
Once your offer has been confirmed and you’ve received the learning and funding information letter from college, you can register and apply for a loan online. You need to have an approved Advanced Learner Loan in place before you enrol. If you don’t, you will need to discuss your options with us at enrolment.
You do not need to pay your loan back until:
- You have finished your course
- You earn more than £25,000 per annum (or £480 a week or £2,083 a month) and repayments will stop and start in-line with these thresholds.
Repayment calculations are simple and any balance outstanding is written off after 30 years.
To work out your potential monthly repayments, take a look at the following 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, then go on to successfully complete a HE course, your loan will be written off in most cases. Bursaries may be available so please contact us.
If you are 19-23 and have already achieved a full Level 3 qualification, are 24 or over, or you want to study at Level 4 or above, then full fees are payable regardless of personal circumstances.
If you choose not to take out an approved Advanced Learner Loan, or the qualification is not eligible for other public funding, or is over £100, you may be able to pay using an instalment plan.
You will pay 25% of your course fees at enrolment and the remainder will be spread between one and six months, depending on your requirements and the length of your chosen course. All fees must be paid in full, one month before the end of the course. The minimum course fee eligible for instalments is £100.
Student Funds For 19+ Learners
If you have a gross annual household income of £26,000 or below, you could be eligible for support with meals and travel at Leeds City College.
Awards may also be made to students in the following circumstances:
- Students with a gross annual income of £16,009.50, based on the Social Mobility Commission’s low pay threshold of £8.07 per hour in 2016 and on the assumption of a 37.5hr contract with paid statutory holiday entitlement) or less per year if they are a single person living independently
Students with an annual gross income of £7,400 or less per year if single, not living independently but within a household such as with parents, carers, relatives or friends.
All information on our financial support funds and bursaries including eligibility criteria and what they cover can be found on our Student Financial Support Frequently Asked Questions document.
Over 20 Childcare Support
Further education students who are 20 years of age or over and meet the income eligibility for their course can apply for assistance with childcare fees during their timetabled hours of study. A contribution of up to £7,000 to cover childcare costs may be made per student over the course of the academic year.
To apply for childcare support, complete the following steps:
- Download the 2020/21 childcare application form here.
- Arrange for the childcare quote form to be completed by your childcare provider. The childcare quote form must be submitted with the childcare application form.
- Ensure that the childcare provider you are going to be using is registered with Leeds City College.
- Please take your completed childcare application form, birth certificate or Child Tax Credit award notice with your income evidence to your curriculum admin team for checking.
- If you are able to provide a completed childcare quote form at this stage then please do so, however, if you are unable to do so, you will be asked to submit your childcare quote form once your application has been assessed and your childcare has been provisionally approved.
- The checklist on the front of the childcare application form must be signed off confirming that your application is complete before it can be submitted.
Please note, funding will not be agreed until you have returned the signed childcare agreement. The childcare agreement must be signed by both the student and the childcare provider.
The maximum contribution towards childcare per student per academic year is up to £7,000. The daily cap is now £55 and the cap on a morning or afternoon session is £30.
For more information on the childcare application process, view our flowchart.
Care To Learn Scheme
If you are aged under 20, you may be eligible for help under the government’s Care to Learn scheme which pays for childcare with an Ofsted-registered provider while you are at college up to a maximum of £160 per week for each child.
The Care to Learn Scheme can help with the cost of your childcare, including deposit and registration fees, a childcare taster session for up to five days, keeping your childcare place over the summer holidays and taking your child to their childcare provider.
To apply, you must choose your childcare provider before you make a Care To Learn application. The childcare advisor can assist you with this. Once you have done this, complete an application online at gov.uk.
After you have applied, you must show a copy of your child’s birth certificate and a letter confirming you are claiming child benefit for your child to the childcare advisor. Your childcare provider will only be paid once you have shown evidence of this.
For further information about the Care to Learn scheme, visit gov.uk.
Leeds City College works in partnership with Ofsted-registered childcare providers to help student parents with childcare costs so they can overcome barriers which may prevent them from continuing in learning
To find out more about our childcare costs, click here for our FAQ.
English and Maths
Adults and young people are entitled to free English and maths GCSE tuition if they do not already have a grade 4 (or C) in that subject.
Support from outside of Leeds City CollegeHere are a few extra resources that you might find helpful
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service offers free and impartial information, advice and guidance to help people with your decisions about careers, courses and work. You can explore potential careers, take a skills assessment or health check and find a course that will help you upskill.
Day Job is an online resource that gives you thousands of potential CV templates to work through so you can get yours into shape. Best of all, it includes industry specific CV examples so you know you are tailoring your information.
This website is a comprehensive resource that tells you what finance is and isn’t available to help fund your studies. From new full-time students, to those studying part-time and even students from the EU, the site covers everything from eligibility to extra help and how to apply.
Help paying for your childcare
Childcare Choices is a Government website that offers help with childcare costs for parents. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support by completing a few details about you and your family, and it shows you help that may be available to you.
Leeds Food Aid Network
Leeds Food Aid Network (FAN) helps bring people, initiatives and institutions together who are involved in tackling food poverty in the city of Leeds. Leeds FAN focuses on stimulating more effective signposting, both to food providers and helping people access longer term provision.
A website offering information on the various childcare schemes. There are currently three separate government funded schemes that offer free childcare for children aged two, three and four. Each scheme has different eligibility rules so it’s important to check which is right for you.