Find out about whether or not you need to pay for your course.
The majority of students aged 19 and over on 31 August will need to pay fees; however, there are certain exceptions. You may not have to pay fees if you fall into one of the exemption categories. There are different exemption categories depending on the level, of course, you wish to study, and these are outlined below.
Level 2 or below
Aged 19 or over on 31st August?
You may be eligible for fee remission if you are studying a course which will help you progress into work and you are:
- Earning less than £16,009.50 per year (2019/20 courses only)
- In receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (including NI credits only)
- In receipt of Employment & Support Allowance
- In receipt of Universal Credit and earning less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (joint 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 less than £330 a month, and you want to be employed (or increase your employment) and the course is relevant to helping improve your employment
Aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of your course
You may be eligible for fee remission if you are studying a course which is:
- An entry level or level 1 programme which you need to get onto your first level 2 and you do not have a level 2 qualification or higher or
- A full level 2 course and you do not already have a full level 2 qualification or higher
Level 3 & above (excluding Higher Education)
Aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of your course
You may be eligible for fee remission if you are studying on an eligible full level 3 course and you do not already have a full level 3 qualification or higher. If you already have a full level 3 qualification or higher, you will not be eligible for fee remission for courses at level 3.
Aged 24 or over on the first day of your course
If you are aged 24 or over, fee remission is not available for level 3 and above courses.
If you are studying a Level 3 or above course and are not eligible for fee remission, you can either pay the course fees yourself, or you may be able to take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover them. See below for more details.
Advanced Learner Loans (eligible Level 3-6 courses only)
If you are studying a Loans-eligible Level 3-6 course and you are not eligible for fee remission, you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
The loans can be used to pay for Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualifications including Certificates and Diplomas, Access to HE, and A Levels, and they will enable eligible students to borrow the course fees and pay them back at a later date. Your loan is paid directly to the College and you apply each year of study.
Please note that not all courses are eligible for loans funding – please check with the InfoZone if you are unsure.
Please note that you do not receive any money from the loan, as it is all paid directly to the college to cover your course fees. However, depending on your household income, you may also be eligible for bursary funding from college once your Advanced Learner Loan is set up and in payment. You can find more York College bursary information here.
You can read more about Advanced Learner Loans here.
You start paying back your Advanced Learner Loan when you begin earning over £26,575, and 9% of any income over £26,575 is deducted to pay back your loan. Unless you are self-employed, this is done automatically by your employer. There is interest charged on your loan during and after your studies, but if you have any balance remaining on your loan 30 years after the end of your course, it will be written off.
However, if you have taken out an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access course, your Advanced Learner Loan for that course is written off if you go on to complete an undergraduate degree. The degree must be eligible for student finance, regardless of whether you actually take out student finance for that degree.
Paying your course costs
If your chosen course 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 commit to an installment plan.
- Provide proof of sponsorship. We will accept a purchase order or letter/ email from your employer.
- Apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
- Apply for a Higher Education Loan.
If you are enrolling to a course costing £300 or less, full payment will be required when you enroll. Instalment plans are available for courses costing over £300 and with a duration of ten weeks or more.
Enrolling remotely (online or telephone)
Wherever possible we request that you enrol online to our short courses. Our systems will guide you through your payment options as you enrol.
Enrolling remotely to a course costing more than £300 could mean that you qualify to pay by instalments. After your enrolment is complete you will receive a payment request email. To secure your place, please follow the instructions in the email to make your payment using our Touchtone telephone payment system.
If you opt to take out an instalment plan, please follow the instructions to pay the initial amount detailed in your email using our Touchtone telephone payment system. You will then receive additional payment request emails when your next payments are due.
Enrolling in person
If you enrol in person you can pay by credit or debit card and cash. Wherever possible we request that customers pay by card.
Paying in instalments – What you need to know
You may be eligible to pay in instalments. With this option, a 25% first instalment (or £100, whichever is the greater), is due to be paid at enrolment, further instalments are then payable each month using our Touchtone telephone payment system.
You will receive a payment request email at the start of every month in which your payments are due. Please follow the instructions in this email to make your payment.
In most cases, instalments will be due in the following months:
- For courses costing more than £500 and starting in September: October, November, December, January, February March and April
- For courses costing less than £500 and starting in September: October, November and December
- For courses costing more than £500 and starting in January: January, February, March, April and May
- For courses costing less than £500 and starting in January: January, February and March.
Payment dates for courses that do not start in September or January will be adjusted accordingly. Late enrollers may be required to pay all instalments that would have been due by the date they enrol, at the point of enrolment. All instalments must be paid before your course has finished.
Opting to pay in instalments commits you to paying for the full course even in the event of you being unable to continue your studies. Failure to pay your fees or satisfy fee remission criteria will delay your enrolment and could jeopardise your place on the course.
If you are experiencing difficulties paying your fees you must contact the Finance Department straight away on 01904 770495 and they will make every effort to help you.
Instructions for Cancellation
Download information on cancelling your place at the college, which explains how to do it without having to pay.
Fees and charges for subcontracted provision
View our Fees and charges for subcontracted provision here.