Most students have some financial concerns when coming to college. Information on course fees and funding available is below:
There are no tuition, registration or exam fees for full-time courses and apprenticeships if you are aged between 16 and 18.
Students aged 19+ may have to pay course fees although this depends on your circumstances. Fees for 17/18 will be confirmed in the summer term. Full-time fees for further education Level 1 and 2 courses in 16/17 were £900 per year, with an option of instalments by direct debit. There is financial support available for students living in a low income household or in financial hardship. For more information click here. If you are 19-23, and studying the first level of qualification, there may also be support. Please contact Student Services to discuss. Course fees for Level 3 full-time courses were £3,000 per year in 16/17 (or £3,384 for Access) and you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost. The loan is easy to apply for, doesn’t involve a credit check and you don’t have to pay it back until you’ve finished your course and are earning over £21,000 a year. For more information click here. For part-time course fees, please see the Part-Time Course Guide or the individual course information.
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please click here for information. The main student finance package for full time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, and for part time students a tuition fee loan. Tuition Fee Loans pay for your course. Maintenance loans help with living costs. You have to pay back loans when you earn £21,000 or more. Additional support may be available - click here for more information and see the 'Government funds - to help you access college' seciton below.
For the Direct Debit Forms click here.
If you are aged 16-18 you will be charged fees for examinations in the following cases:
- Your attendance falls below 85% or your work has not been completed
- You do not turn up for an examination for which you have been entered
- A resit for exams failed at college
- A resit for exams where you want to achieve an improved grade
You may be asked to pay for trips, visits, books, kit & equipment. Further details can be found in specific course information sheets and will be discussed at interview and/or induction. Financial support to cover the cost of these items is available for low income households and for students in financial hardship - see below for information.
For Higher Education (degree level) students
The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) - a non-repayable discretionary fund, gives students, facing hardship, extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. For more information see:
For Further Education (level 1-4) students, excluding apprenticeships
The College administers the following government funding which is public money:
- Bursary Fund – for 16-18 year olds
- Learner Support Fund – for 19+ students
- 19+ Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund – for students who have applied for a 19+ Loan
- Residential Support Scheme
You may be able to receive money from the above funds for things like transport, fees, equipment, lunch and trips if you meet the following criteria. There is also support for childcare.
These funds are for students who would struggle to afford the costs of coming to college. If you are living with your parents and are financially dependent on them, we will assess your application based on your parents income. If you are financially independent (e.g. you live on your own or live with parents but pay rent or claim benefits in your own name) we will assess your application based on your own income. We look at annual income and your specific circumstances to make a decision.
If annual income is less than £30,000 (if two adults in a household) or £25,000 (if one adult) you are eligible for support. If you have a household income less than £35,000 (two adults) or £30,000 (one adult) we may be able to support you with the main thing you need for college e.g. a bus pass. If your income is higher than this but you are in particular hardship, please get in touch as we can take individual circumstances into account. We ask you to complete an application form and provide evidence such as wage slips, benefit statements, bank statements etc which must be dated from July 2016 onwards. This assistance is conditional on your attendance being over 85%.
To read the 2016-17 policy see:
The 2017-18 policy will be published here in June.
Residential Support Scheme (RSS)
RSS is designed to provide financial help with residential costs (e.g. rent) for eligible students living away from home because their full-time Level 2 or Level 3 qualification is not available locally. Students must have a household income of £30,993 or less in the previous tax year. For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, this is the 2016 to 2017 tax year. EFA defines a household as the student and the adults they live with who are mainly responsible for them. For more information please contact Student Services.
You may also qualify for a £1,200 Bursary if you are under 19, and are:
- A Young Person in Care
- A Care Leaver
- In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
- In receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
For students under 20, there is a government Care to Learn Scheme that supports childcare costs. For students who are 20 or over, support is available through the Learner Support Fund.
If you think you qualify...
Complete an application form. You can either download it from this page (below) or call us on 01539 814700 and we can either post or email you a copy. The 2017-18 application form and guidance will be available in June. We are open throughout the summer months to support the completion of forms and answer any questions you may have.
Childcare Form (for students aged 20+)
When you have completed the form and collated the evidence needed, either send it back to us at Student Services, Kendal College, Milnthorpe Road, Kendal, LA9 5AY or bring it in to Student Services, we are open Monday to Friday. The sooner that we get your application, the better! If you have any questions or would like someone to go through the application form with you, please contact Student Services.
The College supports the costs of transport through:
- Negotiating the best deals for students with local bus companies.
- Subsidising the cost of transport to reduce the cost for full-time students.
- Asking full-time students for a maximum contribution of £480 towards the cost of bus travel per annum, which works out as £14 per week.
- Providing additional support through the Bursary Fund, Learner Support Fund & 19+ Loan Bursary Fund.
For more information on transport to College click here.