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How to Pay

Please note this infor­ma­tion applies to 202122 courses.

Can I pay in instalments?

Further education (FE) students

If your course fees are between £200 and £500 and the duration of your course is over ten weeks, you can take out an instalment plan of up to four payments. Your plan must not exceed the duration of your course. If your course fees are £500 or above and the duration of your course is over ten weeks, you can take out an instalment plan of up to six payments. Your plan must not exceed the duration of your course. A direct debit must be set up at the time of your enrolment and a declaration must be signed. The first payment of your plan must be paid at the time of enrolment by either cash, cheque, credit or debit card. The remaining payments will be made on either the 6th or 28th of each month.

Please note:

It is your responsibility to ensure there are sufficient funds available in your account on the relevant payment dates. If you default on payments, the full amount will become payable within seven working days. Also, in line with college policy, you could be referred to our 3rd party debt collection agency and could be charged for any legal or other costs incurred by the college in recovering debt.

Higher education (HE) students

The vast majority of students pay their tuition fees using a student loan from their national student finance service. However, if you are self-funding your course, you could spread the cost of your course fees over a number of instalments. A direct debit must be set up at the time of enrolment and a declaration must be signed. If you withdraw from your course within 14 days of enrolment, no fees are payable.

International students

Alternative payment conditions apply to international students. Please contact the International Office for further information on 0115 884 2218.

19+ Advanced Learner Loans

Aged 19+ and apply­ing for a Lev­el 3 or high­er lev­el course?

If you’re aged 19 or over and are think­ing about study­ing a Lev­el 3 or Lev­el 4 course, the 19+ Advanced Learn­er Loan might be for you. The loan is there to help you with the cost of your course fees.

It’s easy to apply – your house­hold income isn’t tak­en into account and there’s no cred­it check.

Repay­ments

You don’t have to pay any of your loan back until you’ve start­ed earn­ing over £26,575 a year.

If you leave or change course after two weeks or more, you’ll have to pay back any mon­ey that was paid to your col­lege or train­ing provider.

You can choose to pay off some or all of your loan at any giv­en time with no extra charge.

Any out­stand­ing bal­ance is auto­mat­i­cal­ly writ­ten off 30 years after your sched­uled qual­i­fi­ca­tion end date.

Exam­ple of repay­ment amounts

Pay­ments will depend on the amount you earn over the repay­ment thresh­old dur­ing any giv­en pay peri­od, not the amount that you’ve borrowed.

Your pay peri­od depends on when you receive your salary. This could be every week, every four weeks or a cal­en­dar month. Pay­ments will stop if you earn below the repay­ment thresh­old for that pay period.

Repay­ments are set at 9% of your income above the min­i­mum of £26,575 a year, £2,214 a month or £511 a week.

Inter­est on your repayments

You’ll be charged inter­est at the Retail Price Index (RPI) + 3% while you com­plete your course and until the fol­low­ing April after leav­ing your course.

After that inter­est is linked to your earnings.

So if you earn:

  • less than £26,575, the inter­est is set at the RPI
  • £26,575 to £47,835, the inter­est is set at RPI + up to 3% on a slid­ing scale
  • over £47,835, the inter­est is set at RPI3%