Can I pay in instalments?
If your course fees are between £250.00 and £500.00 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 £500.00 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 in line with a choice of dates 4th, 15th or 28th of each month Where material fees are over £500.00, an instalment plan can be set up. Any materials fees less than £500.00 must be paid at the time of enrolment. To set up an instalment plan you must bring in your bank details when you enrol. Confirmation of your direct debit will be sent to you in the post once this has been set up with the bank.
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.
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.
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.
You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £404 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 a year. If you’re studying an Access to HE Diploma course and then go on to complete an HE qualification, the outstanding balance of your 19+ Advanced Learning Loan will be written off.
Repayments will be made at 9% of your income over £404 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 a year.
The repayments will be based purely on your income, not on the amount borrowed or number of loans.
If you stop working, your repayments will stop and only start again when your income is over £21,000 a year.
Example repayment amounts:
|Income each year before tax||Monthly salary||Monthly repayment|
|Income each year before tax: Up to £21,000||Monthly salary: £1,750||Monthly repayment: £0|
|Income each year before tax: £22,000||Monthly salary: £1,833||Monthly repayment: £7|
|Income each year before tax: £25,000||Monthly salary: £2,083||Monthly repayment: £30|
|Income each year before tax: £30,000||Monthly salary: £2,500||Monthly repayment: £67|
Refund of fees
Refund of fees
Refunds will only be issued in the following circumstances:
- If the College cancels your course
- If you have been overcharged
Full and part-time fully-funded programme:
- The College will consider exceptional circumstances where a learner may receive a pro-rata refund
- The learner should apply in writing and provide supporting evidence
Full cost hobby and leisure and community provision
The college will consider exceptional circumstances where a learner may receive a pro-rata refund. The learner should apply in writing and provide supporting evidence.
Full cost/commercial recovery
Refunds are only likely to be agreed where courses do not meet sufficient numbers in order to be economically viable.
When a refund has been issued, you are responsible for cancelling any outstanding direct debit payments with your bank.
Refunds will be issued by:
- Cheque/BACs within 12 working days. - Debit card/credit card within 7 working days.
The above are subject to the relevant department receiving notification of the cancelled class or refund request.
Further information may be obtained:
- By phone – call 0115 9 100 100
- In person – at any Student Services reception
Financial assistance may also be available to help with the cost of travel to College, equipment and childcare and you can read more here.