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 £25,725, and 9% of any income over £25,725 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 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
- Provide proof of sponsorship (for example a letter or email from your employer)
- Apply for a Advanced Learner Loan
If you are paying in full, your fees can be paid by cash, cheque or credit/ debit card and you can pay:
- In person at the Finance Desk (08:30 - 17:00 Monday to Friday)
- By calling 01904 770495 to pay by credit or debit card (08:30 - 17:00 Monday to Friday)
- By post; please make cheques payable to York College and send to: Sales and Income Team, York College, Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB. Please write your name, telephone number, student reference and course name on the back of any cheques
Paying in instalments
You may be eligible to pay in instalments by taking out a Fixed Sum Loan Agreement with the college. With this option, a 25% first instalment (or a £100 first instalment, whichever is the greater amount), is due to be paid at enrolment, with three further instalments payable by Direct Debit at the start of each of the following months:
- Full-time - December, February and April
- Part-time - October, November and December
- Payment dates for courses that do not start in September are adjusted accordingly
- Late enrollers are required to pay all instalments that are due when they enrol
Confirmation of your Direct Debit plan, detailing dates and amounts, will be sent to you when your Direct Debit is successfully processed. Part-time course fees costing over £500 can be paid as per full-time courses, depending on length of programme. Please identify this when setting up your Direct Debit.
Failure to pay your fees or satisfy fee remission criteria will delay your enrolment and could jeopardise your place on the course.
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.
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.