Fees & Funding for Full & Part Time Courses

16-18 Learners

If you are/will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the academic year when you begin a programme of study, you DO NOT pay course fees, College registration fees or examination/board registration fees. If you require a kit or special materials for a course, you will be expected to pay for this.

19+ Learners

If you are 19 or over on the day you commence your course, you will be required to pay towards the course. We offer a range of fee reductions for students and tuition fees may be waived. You may also be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan


All guidance relating to fees apply to those who have been resident in the UK or another EEA country for the three years preceding the start of the course. If you have not, you will need to contact the Admissions Manager to confirm eligibility.

Fee Reductions

Course fees will be waived for the following learners:

a) Students who need help to move into work, progress in work or remove a barrier to getting into work and who are:

• In receipt of Job Seekers Allowance enrolling onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 programme.
• In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group) enrolling
onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or full Level 2 programme.

b) Students who are unemployed and who want to enter employment and believe skills training will help them to do so and who are:

• In receipt of Income Support enrolling onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 programme.
• In receipt of Universal Credit enrolling onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 programme.

c) 19-23 year olds enrolling onto a full Level 2 programme, with legal entitlement, who do not have a full Level 2 already.

d) 19-23 year olds enrolling onto a full Level 3 programme, with legal entitlement, who do not have a full Level 3 already.

These are dependent upon Government legislation and are therefore subject to change. There are some courses for which we are unable to claim funding and we are unable to offer fee reductions on these courses, however we aim to assist as many students as possible. Other providers may offer alternative funding routes.

Help with course fees

Depending on your circumstances there are various methods of funding that may be available to cover the cost of your course.

Financial Support

If you are concerned that money will be a problem and might stop you from undertaking a course at College, then help may be available.

Generally, if your household income is less than £23,000 per year, funding is available to help with the cost of transport, compulsory equipment, compulsory uniform and childcare. Funding may also be available towards the cost of course fees.

All students can apply for help with the cost of transport, compulsory uniform, books, and compulsory equipment. However, students aged 20 or over may also be able to apply for help with the cost of childcare, if they have dependent children. Those under 20 can apply for funding via the Care to Learn Scheme.

Under certain circumstances funding may be available even if your household income exceeds the threshold. This will usually depend on the number of dependent children living within the house.

You can apply for Financial Support here. If you need help with your application please contact the Bursary and Admissions Administrator on 01284 716 232. If you have any queries regarding eligibility or need any further information regarding Financial Support you can email finance on finance.support@wsc.ac.uk.

Advanced Learner Loans

What are they?

Advanced Learner Loans are student loans similar to higher education loans, but for the further education sector. The loans are available for students aged 24 or over on the first day of the course studying at Level 3 or 4, including Access to Higher Education, Certificates and Diplomas at levels 3 and 4.

You can apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of your qualification, which will be paid directly to the College on your behalf.

Who is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?

Individuals who:

• Are aged 19 or over at the start of their course
• Are a resident in the UK
• Have not previously had a Loan to do the same qualification type and level of qualification

Your household income is not taken into account and there is no credit check.

How much can I get?

The amount you can get depends on your course. You can take out a loan for the maximum amount to cover your tuition fee or you can pay part of the tuition fee yourself.

How much are the repayments?

Your monthly repayments will be based on your income, not what you borrowed. You will only start making repayments when your income is more than £21,000 per year.

Other Fees & Charges

Depending on the course you are undertaking, there may be additional fees and charges on top of the course fee, such as: equipment, books, uniform, enrichment, registration fees and exam fees. These will be confirmed prior to the start of your course.

How to pay

If you are required to pay for your course you will need to pay the fees at enrolment or before the start of the course.

We accept payments by cheque or credit/debit card. We do not accept Maestro and American Express cards.

Staged payments

For course fees totalling over £375 we can arrange for you to pay by direct debit instalments. You can make up to four instalment payments on consecutive months on either the 1st or 20th of the month to cover the full amount, with the first payment due before the start of your course.

Any student who has outstanding fees and has not made arrangements to pay will be withdrawn from all academic services, including library facilities and email account. Students will be unable to continue with their studies until payment has been arranged.

Community & Leisure Learning Courses

How to pay

We accept the following methods of payment: cheques made payable to West Suffolk College, Card payments (Mastercard, Visa or Delta cards) or cash if enrolling in person. If your employer/ sponsor has agreed to pay your fees, please be aware that you will be liable for payment of the course fees if your employer/sponsor fails to provide payment upon receipt of invoice. 


Fee concessions are available on many of the courses that we provide (excludes any exam or registration fees), if you are in receipt of any of the following state benefits: Income Support (IS), Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit. Please note that you will need to evidence the benefit you are in receipt of.


Course fees will be refunded in only exceptional circumstances e.g. if a course is cancelled by the College. Learners will not be entitled to a refund of fees if they choose to withdraw after enrolment.

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