Below you can find information on if you are eligible for any financial support whilst studying.
Further Education: If you are aged 16-18 at the start of your course
The majority of students aged 16 to 18 are eligible for free courses and will not have to pay for the remainder of the programme should they become 19 at any point during the course. However, certain courses, particularly those with full cost and Higher Education status, are not included, so please check before enrolling.
If you are aged 18 on 31 August and starting a two year course (including A Levels), you will not normally need to pay for the second year. However, if you enrol to a one year subsidiary diploma or 90 credit diploma when you are 18 and follow on to a top-up extended diploma after your 19th birthday, you may need to pay for the second year.
Students who are under sixteen are generally not eligible for free courses. Please consult the Under 16’s team on 01904 770202. If your household income is under £25,000, you may also be eligible for bursary support. Go to our Bursary page for more information, including how to apply to the Bursary Fund.
Further Education: If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course
If you are aged 19 or over on the 31 August, you may have to pay fees for your course or you may be eligible for fee remission (no fees to pay). This depends on the course, your age, and your previous qualifications. We also offer information about whether or not you need to pay for your course.
If your household income is under £25,000, you may also be eligible for bursary support. Go to our Bursary page for more information, including how to apply to the Bursary Fund.
If you are studying a Higher Education (degree level) course
You may be eligible for student finance, including Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans, and additional grants. The college also offers a HE Bursary if you have qualified for the maximum level of Maintenance Loan. Visit our Higher Education funding page for more information.
If you are an apprentice
Apprentices are not eligible for bursary support or student finance. For further information about apprenticeships, visit the Apprenticeships page.
Contact the Funding Team
From tuition fees to travel costs and student loans to benefits, the Funding Team is available to help you negotiate any financial barriers to education that you may be facing.
You can contact the Funding Team in the following ways:
In person by coming in to the InfoZone
By phone on 01904 770443
Please note that we may not be able to answer the phone or return calls during busy periods (including enrolment and the start of term).
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Council tax exemption
If you live in York, you will need to register for council tax exemption online.
When emailing the InfoZone, please include your full name and student number (date of birth if unknown) to help us process your request.
Students are encouraged to apply directly through their local county council for council tax exemptions. Please refer the County Council links below to apply:
If your County Council is not listed above please visits York College’s InfoZone team for further information.
Remember that you will need to have enough money to support yourself while you are on the course. If your course is one that requires you to pay for a kit or student contribution you will have been notified at interview. Costs that need to be paid directly to the College should be paid at enrolment or during the first week of term.
Tuition Fees and Charges Policy
You can find our Tuition Fees and Charges Policy here.
Instructions for Cancellation
Download information on cancelling your place at the college, which explains how to do it without having to pay.
NHS Learning Support Fund
Following successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course at York College, students starting and continuing their degree course from September 2020 can apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF) if they’re on one of the following pre-registration Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses:
- Dental therapy/Dental hygiene (level 5 and 6 courses)
- Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)
- Occupational Therapy
- Operating Department Practitioner (level 5 and 6 courses)
- Orthotics and Prosthetics
- Paramedics (bachelors and masters courses are eligible, DipHE and FD courses are not eligible for NHS LSF)
- Radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
- Speech and language therapy
NHS LSF offers support for:
- A Training Grant for all eligible students of £5,000 per academic year – You need to be actively studying one of the courses from the list above, and receiving BOTH Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. The eligibility criteria is on this page: NHS Learning Support Fund | NHSBSA
- Parental Support of £2,000 for students with at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs (this used to be called Child Dependants Allowance)
- Reimbursement of excess costs incurred on practice placement for travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses)
- Students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)
Please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website for full details.