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Finance & Funding 21/22
Find out about Funding, Fees and Loans
Affordability is a key factor when considering further education so it’s good to know that many of our courses are fully funded, meaning there are no fees and usually no student loans to repay (subject to certain eligibility criteria).
Whether you receive funding how much and through what method depends on your personal circumstances but we’re always happy to talk through your options with you.
Traineeships (Aged 16-24)
Fully funded for those ages 16 to 24 and qualified up to Level 3.
Apprenticeships (Aged 16+)
You are paid the National Minimum Apprenticeship wage or more by your employer.
Maths, English & ESOL
Fully funded if you do not hold an equivalent level qualification.
Functional Skills Maths & English are funded up to and including Level 2.
Our Community Learning courses are fully funded for those adults aged 19+ and living in Somerset.
Those unemployed & on a benefit will be fully funded up to Level 2. Those earning less than £17,004 may be fully funded up to Level 2.
Those ages 19-23 without a full Level 2 qualification will be fully funded up to Level 2.
Advanced Learning Loans are available if you are studying a Level 3 or higher. Repayments apply when salary is over £26,575 a year.
Other Funding & Finance Options
There are a variety of schemes on offer to help people enter or re-enter adult education. Eligibility rules apply so it’s best to discuss your circumstances with us so we an explain what options are available to you.
To be funded you have to have lived in the EU for the past 3 years and currently living in England outside of:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- Greater Manchester
- Greater London
- Liverpool City Region
- Tees Valley
- West Midlands
- North of Tyne
- Sheffield City Region
- West Yorkshire
- West of England (WECA – covering Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire)
Some people will not be eligible for funding and will prefer not to take out a learning loan, in these circumstances a course fee will apply. These fees are shown on the course information pages and will be required to be paid in full prior to the course commencement. Financial support is available to help cover travel and equipment for those who are eligible – please ask.
These are some of the ways we can help
Care to Learn
If you’re a young parent up to the age of 20 who wants to continue their education or training, then the Care to Learn scheme provides help with the cost of childcare and related travel expenses. For further information contact the Care To Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 or visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/overview.
Advanced Learner Loan
The Advanced Learner Loan helps students aged 19+ to pay for higher level courses. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t require a credit check and repayments don’t start until you earn over £26,575. Eligible courses include A Levels, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and Certificates and Diplomas at Level 3 and above. For get further information, contact the Customer Advice Team on 0330 332 7997 or contact them here.
Parents & Carers
We know that parents and carers play an important part in an individual’s education decisions and that’s why we’re always happy to talk to you to answer your questions and ensure you have the information you need to help your young adult make the right choices. You can call us on 0330 332 7997 or contact the Customer Advice Team here.
Let us talk you through the options
We don’t want the funding to get in the way of you taking the next step with learning, we understand that discovering what support you are entitled to can be confusing, so we encourage you to contact us. One of our team will happily talk through the options with you. Use our contact form to get in touch or call us on 0330 332 7997.
Finance & Funding
We don’t want the funding to get in the way of you taking the next step with learning, we understand that discovering what support you are entitled to can be confusing, so we encourage you to contact us.
One of our team will happily talk through the options with you. Use our contact form to get in touch or call us on 0330 332 7997.
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