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The Advice and Admissions team can provide you with the financial advice you require, including support available to help with course fees. Depending on your age, previous qualifications and current circumstances, there are a number of options available.
If you are aged 19+ and not in receipt of income-related benefits, you will need to pay for all fees and programme costs.
You might not have to pay fees if you are:
- Aged 19+, unemployed, receiving benefits and seeking employment on a programme that is eligible.
- Aged 19+ and working towards – but have not already achieved – a GCSE in English and maths at Grade 9-4 (A*-C)
- Aged 19+, employed and earning less than £17,004 per annum, and your programme is eligible.
- Aged between 19-23 when you start your programme, this is your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification and your programme is eligible.
A limited number of free community learning places will be made available on some courses where indicated and to be eligible, you will need to be:
- Aged 19+ unemployed and receiving benefits
- Aged 19+ employed and earning less than £17,004 per annum
If you meet the eligibility for a 19+ Bursary, you may apply for bursary support towards your course fee, usually up to a maximum of 50% of the fee is awarded.
Download the 19+ bursary application form here.
Download the 19+ bursary application form guidance notes here.
Download the change of details form here.
Any bursary payment is subject to 92% attendance and adherence to the college Code of Conduct.
Advanced Learner Loan Bursaries
If your course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, your course is non-funded, so you are not eligible for bursary funding until you have confirmation of the loan. You may apply to get financial support from the Loan Bursary Fund after you've received a letter approving your bursary.
Bursary funds cannot support course fees if you are eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.
How to apply
There are two ways to apply, simply download an application form from the website or pick up a hard copy from your campus Advice Centre.
Here are the ways you can submit your completed application form – please remember to include or attach copies of all the required documentation (see page 2 of the bursary application):
- by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- in person to the Advice Centre
- By post to: Group Student Finance, Activate Learning, Banbury and Bicester College, Broughton Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 9QA. We advise that you send postal applications by recorded or special delivery and only include photocopies, not original documents as we cannot guarantee to return these documents.
If you need help filling out the form, you can call an adviser on 0800 612 6008 and we will be happy to help.
Please apply as early as you can. These Government bursary funds are limited, we will distribute them on a first come, first served basis. It is possible that the fund might be exhausted by the time you apply.
If you are not satisfied with how your bursary application has been handled or you want to appeal a decision, please write to Group Head of Advice and Admissions.
19+ Advanced Learner Loan
If you are studying on a full-time Level 3 or 4 programme or apprenticeship, you are eligible to apply for a loan to help you pay your tuition fees. These loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks, and you start repaying the loan when you earn over £25,725 per year.
Loans for Access to Higher education programmes are cleared if you go on to complete a higher education programme with the support of a higher education student loan.
For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans
Paying your fees
Payment may be made in person, over the phone or electronically
The preferred methods of payment are:
- Most major credit and debit cards excluding American Express
- Bank transfer. Please use Student ID as reference.
- Online via payment portal
- Advanced Learner Loan
- Direct debit as part of an instalment plan, if eligible
In certain circumstances, other payment methods may be used including:
Please note: Due to the risks associated with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to accept cash payments at this time.
Paying by Direct Debit
You may request to pay course fees by Direct Debit instalments subject to the following conditions:
- 40% of the course fee is paid at enrolment
- A £10 instalment administration fee is payable at enrolment
- A direct debit mandate is completed at point of enrolment and given to the enrolment personnel
- You must have a UK bank account
- The course must be delivered over 15 weeks or more
- The course fee must be:
- £250 or over for a short plan, or
- £500 or over for a long plan
- The remaining 60% of the course fee is paid over:
- 6 equal instalments of 10% each for a long plan
- 2 equal instalments of 30% each for a short plan
- These instalment plans can only be offered if the full course fees will be paid in full prior to the course end date
- If a student withdraws from the course, they will remain liable for any outstanding balance
If your employer is paying your fees, we will need a letter on your employer’s headed paper, confirming they agree to pay your course fees. We will then raise an invoice to them.
This letter should include:
- Your / the students name
- Course name
- Academic year
- Value being contributed
- Invoice address
- Email address for submission of invoice
- Be signed by a manager
Invoice terms are 30 days from date of invoice, and full invoice value must be paid. Instalment options are not available (except apprenticeship courses).