Fee remissions and reductions


The list below shows who is entitled to receive support with funding. You must meet the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) criteria to be eligible. Please ask at the point of enrolment as all the information below is subject to change, funding allocations, College discretion and availability:

Qualification courses - fee remissions available

For adults aged 19 and over who are:

  • English and maths learners up to Level 2
  • getting Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • getting Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • getting Universal Credit, earning from employment (disregarding benefits) less than £338 each month as an individual or £541 each month as a joint claim with a partner
  • getting an income-based benefit earning from employment (disregarding benefits) less than £338 each month as an individual or £541 each month as a joint claim with a partner, looking for employment and booking a course that is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market's needs
  • first full Level 2 (19 to 23 year olds only, for approved qualifications)
  • first full Level 3 (19 to 23 year olds only, for approved qualifications)
  • GCSE English and maths students who do not already have an A-C or 9-5 grade at GCSE Level

Non-qualification courses - reduced fees

Full fee remission is available for adults aged 19 and over, enrolling on Community Learning courses and who:

  • get Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • get work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • get Universal Credit, earning from employment (disregarding benefits) less than £338 each month as an individual or £541 each month as a joint claim with a partner

Concessionary rates apply for adults for adults aged 19 and over, enrolling on Community or Leisure Learning courses and who:

  • receive one of the following state benefits; ESA, Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income Support, Carers Allowance, DLA and Guarantee Pension Credit (not savings Pension Credit)
  • are aged over 65 and not in full-time employment
  • Also for unwaged dependents of a person who gets one of the above benefits.

You will be required to provide evidence (dated within 6 months) or complete a self-declaration.

Please note: all learners who receive full fee remission or a reduced rate must provide their National Insurance (NI) number as this is required for validation purposes and by the ESFA as part of their funding rules/regulations.

If you are applying online and the course you wish to enrol on is non-accredited you will need to select the correct option under concession to reduce your fee (this will be counted as a self-declaration). We will perform random quality checks on those paying a concessionary fee and fraudulent claimants will be required to: pay the full fee or be withdrawn from the course and reported to the appropriate authorities.