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 (this information will change for courses from September 2019). Please ask at the point of enrolment as all the information below is subject to change:

Qualification courses - fee remission (2018-19 courses)

For adults aged 19 and over who are:

  • English and maths learners up to Level 2
  • getting Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • getting work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • getting Universal Credit, earning less than £338 each month as an individual or £541 each month as a household, and put into a work-related activity group by JobCentrePlus
  • getting an income-based benefit, earning less than £338 each month, actively seeking 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
  • employed/self-employed and earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary (regardless of number of hours worked) for courses up to Level 2. The annual gross salary is £16,009.50 for the 2019-20 academic year.

Non-qualification courses - reduced fees (2018-19 courses)

Full fee remission is available for adults aged 19 and over who:

  • get Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • get work-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • get Universal Credit, earning less than £338 each month and put into a work-related activity group by JobCentrePlus

Concessionary rates apply for adults for adults aged 19 and over who:

  • receive one of the following state benefits; ESA (non work-related Employment Support Allowance), Universal Credit (non-mandated), Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income Support 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.
  • Are aged over 65 and not in full-time employment

You will be required to provide evidence 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. 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.