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The following individuals are exempt from paying course fees. The exemption applies to the course, exam fees and only includes those courses marked with a symbol in the adult course guide. Materials charges are still payable. You must bring proof of your entitlement when enrolling.

  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 Years Old. Bring: Birth Certificate, Passport, Driving Licence or Travel Pass
  • Aged 19 - 23 enrolling on an Entry Level or Level One Qualification if not qualified at Level 2. Self-Certification document to be signed at the point of enrolment
  • Aged 19 - 23 enrolling on a First Full Level Two Qualification. Self-Certification document to be signed at the point of enrolment
  • Aged 19 – 23 enrolling on a first full L3 Qualification. Self-Certification document to be signed at the point of enrolment
  • Registered unemployed and in receipt of Income Based Job Seekers Allowance. Bring Job Centre Plus Letter, displaying NI Number and Self-Certification document to be signed at the point of enrolment
  • Registered unemployed and in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group only). Bring a current letter authorised by the Job Centre showing receipt of W.R.A.G. contributions and NI Number and Self-Certification document to be signed at enrolment.
  • In receipt of Carer’s Allowance (20% discount on course fees only – not fee exempt) Bring a current Letter from Department of Work and Pensions.
  • Registered unemployed and your partner is claiming Working Family Tax Credit. Self-Certification document to be signed at the point of enrolment.
  • Registered unemployed and in receipt of Income Support. Self-Certification document to be signed at the point of enrolment
  • Registered unemployed and in receipt of Housing/Council Tax Benefit. Self-Certification document to be signed at the point of enrolment

Terms and conditions

  • All proof of entitlement must be current at the time of enrolment.
  • All students over 18 pay their exam fees in full at the time of enrolment unless eligible for fee remission.
  • You have the right to cancel your enrolment and receive a full refund of any fees paid if we receive written notice up to seven working days from the day after that of your 
    enrolment. However, if after commencement of the course you wish to withdraw and receive a refund this may only be granted on production of a medical certificate.
  • A refund of fees will be given if a class is closed by Southport College.
  • Students not wishing to sit an exam on an exam-assessed course will be charged a non-subsidised fee of £100 (in addition to course/material fees).
  • You must enrol on a course prior to its commencement during an enrolment period. Southport College reserves the right to withdraw or amend courses, entry requirements, fees and details included in this publication. 
    • Courses are offered subject to viability of group size, minimum and maximum numbers, as defined by the College and acceptance onto a course is at the discretion of Southport College. 
  • Course closures are usually notified before, or at the time of the first class. Refund cheques will be forwarded as soon as possible upon the unfortunate closure of a course.
  • All Southport College students are subject to the College’s policies and procedures.
  • Southport College operates a Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy.
  • Other terms and conditions may apply.

Return To Learning With No Up Front Fees!

Thinking of studying a level 3 or level 4 course at Southport College? There's a way to fund your studies with no up-front fees and nothing to repay until you're earning £21,000 a year. The even better news is that if you progress from an Access to HE Diploma course to complete a HE course, then your outstanding loan for the Access course is written off.

It's a great opportunity as these loans help you to pay the tuition fees charged by Southport College. Most learners aged 19 and over studying at level 3 or above will qualify for these new loans. There's no credit check and you don't have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000!

We have an amazing range of courses to choose from including:

  • Access to Higher Education courses
  • Accountancy (AAT)
  • Counselling
  • Electrical
  • Gas
  • Teaching Assistants

And many more...

Our courses are designed to help you achieve industry recognised qualifications and find work and at the same time could even set you up in your own business

To get a loan you must be:

  • 19 or older on the first day of your course (there's no upper age limit)
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course, and have lived in the UK, the Channel islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before this
  • Starting your course on or after 1 August 2016
  • Taking an eligible course that is level 3 or 4

 

Getting a loan doesn't depend on your household income and there's no credit check. Also repayments don't start until April 2018 and you won't have to pay anything back until you're earning over £21,000 a year.

Income each year before tax

 Monthly salary

 Monthly repayment

Up to £21,000

£1,750

£0

£22,000

£1,833

£7

£25,000

£2,083

£30

£30,000

£2,500

£67

£35,000

£2,917

£105

£40,000

£3,333

£142

 

If the loan is for an Access course and you subsequently go on to complete a higher education course, you don't have to pay the loan back at all.

You can start applying for a loan now. You can find out more information on the Government's website here

Our Student Information Team can also help you with the process and provide you with the support you need to return to learning. You can call on 01704 392704 or email guidance@southport.ac.uk

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