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All of our course fees are listed on each individual course page. Some of our courses are free to people who do not already have the qualification level they wish to study. For example, if you want to study GCSE English and do not already have a GCSE in English at grade C /4 or above, then the course is free. If you DO already have the qualification at grade C/4 or above, a fee would be payable.

Some of our courses are free to people who have a low income or receive certain benefits. For other courses you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. See below for details on funding your course, if you are still unsure then do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your eligibility with an experienced advisor.

Fee Remission Based on Previous Qualifications

If you are aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of the course, you may be eligible for fee remission if the course is:

  • An Entry Level or Level 1 programme which you need to get onto your first Level 2 and you do not already have a Level 2 qualification or higher or
  • An eligible Level 2 course and you do not already have a full Level 2 qualification or higher or
  • An eligible full Level 3 course and you do not already have a full Level 3 qualification or higher

Please note:

  • If you are aged 24 or over on the first day of your course, you are not eligible for this funding
  • Not all courses qualify for fee remission on this basis, contact us to discuss your options and to find out if the course you are interested in qualifies
  • Eligibility is also based on meeting government-set residency criteria. Please contact the International Team on 01904 770425 if you need more information

Fee Remission Based on Income or Benefits

You may be eligible for fee remission if you are studying a course which will help you progress into work and you are:

  • In receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (including NI credits only) or
  • In receipt of Employment & Support Allowance (and you are in the work-related activity group) or
  • In receipt of Universal Credit and earning either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage a week or £338 a month or £541 (household claims) a month (household claims) and are determined by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups:
  • All Work-related Requirements Group
  • Work Preparation Group
  • Work-focused Interview Group
  • In receipt of another benefit and earning either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and you want to be employed (or increase your employment) and the course is relevant to helping improve your employment prospects and the needs of the local labour market or
  • Employed and earning under £15,376.50 a year

Please note:

  • Not all courses qualify for fee remission on this basis, contact us to discuss your options and to find out if the course you are interested in qualifies
  • Eligibility is also based on meeting government-set residency criteria. Please contact the International Team on 01904 770425 if you need more information.

Adult Learner Loan, Don’t pay a penny upfront!

If you’ve thought about studying for a new qualification but you’ve never been able to afford it, an Advanced Learner Loan could help you get started. Students aged 19 or older (on the first day of their course) who want to study certain Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualifications may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. The loan can be used to pay for eligible Level 3, 4, 5, or 6 qualifications including Certificates and Diplomas, Access to Higher Education and A Levels, and enable eligible students to borrow the course fees and pay them back at a later date.

The minimum loan amount is £300. It is for tuition fees only and is paid direct to the College. For most of our eligible courses you can borrow all of the tuition fee. If you only want a loan for part of the tuition fee, you can do that too.

You only start paying back the loan after your course has finished and when you are earning over £25,000 per year.

If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education Diploma, the loan and any interest accrued will be automatically written off when you successfully complete your full degree. Please note that this only applies if you progress to, and successfully complete, a degree programme which is eligible for student finance.

For more information visit the government’s website.

Please note:

  • Not all courses qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan, contact us to discuss your options and to find out if the course you are interested in qualifies
  • There is no requirement to apply for, or take up, an Advanced Learner Loan to pay your tuition fees
  • Eligibility for an Advanced Learner Loan is also based on meeting government-set residency criteria. Please contact the International Team on 01904 770425 if you need more information.

19-23 on First Day of Course – No Previous Level 2 Qualification

If you are aged 19-23 on the first day of the course and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification or higher, please contact us to discuss your options and to find out if you and the course you are interested in qualify for funding.

Fee Payers

If the course you want to enrol onto has a course fee and you are a fee payer you must do one of the following to reserve your place:

  • Pay your course fees in full
  • Pay your first instalment and set up a Direct Debit. If your course costs more than £100 you may be able to pay for it in instalments
  • Provide proof of sponsorship (for example a letter or email from your employer)
  • Apply for an Advanced Learner Loan
  • Apply for a Higher Education tuition fee loan

Additional Help

If you have additional costs such as childcare or travel, there may be help available through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund or the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund. More information and application forms are available from York College. Please note that not all courses qualify for this funding.

The College has advisors who can advise you about funding and benefits. There may be funding available to assist with essential costs depending on the course you are studying and your circumstances. For further advice please contact the Funding Team on 01904 770443 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Any questions?

Call: 01904 770770, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop by the College to chat with one of our helpful advisers.