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Funding and Financial Support


This tuition fee guide provides a summary of the most frequently asked questions raised by students with regard to funding your course and financial support.

The following points are covered:

  • Who pays fees
  • Fee Remission
  • Self-Funding
  • Advanced Learner Loan
  • Employer Funding
  • Withdrawing

Should you have any other concerns not covered by the above, or you wish to seek further clarification, please contact us, we're here to help:

Who pays fees?

Full-time courses for students aged between 16 and 18 are free.

The rules around course fees are complicated, they depend on age, prior learning, and your personal circumstances. As part of your application to Stamford College the Admissions Team will assess you individually and identify if you are required to pay a fee. If you are aged 19 or over, there is a chance there is a fee to pay, depending on government funding available. For all courses there are a range of funding options, these are covered in this guidance.

Fee Remission (a reduction of all or part of the fees)

The rules around fee remissions are complicated and will need verification by our MIS department during the enrolment process. Fee remissions will be dependent on qualifying criteria based on, but not limited to, age, prior qualifications, financial circumstances and the course being applied for. Our fee policy will include remissions available and also state the fees payable.

I enrolled for my course and claimed fee remis­sion, but this has now been reject­ed. What hap­pens now?

When you claim fee remis­sion as method of pay­ment for your course you need to make sure you are ful­ly enti­tled to this. It is imper­a­tive you present all of your qual­i­fi­ca­tions at the time of enrol­ment so that your enti­tle­ment is ver­i­fied by the College. 

What if after start­ing my course I am informed that I am not entitled?

The Col­lege MIS Team will re-assess your sit­u­a­tion to deter­mine whether you are ful­ly enti­tled or not.

If your claim has been reject­ed in error, the Col­lege will help cor­rect this. If evi­dence con­firms you should not have claimed fee remis­sion, then respon­si­bil­i­ty for course fees falls on you per­son­al­ly to repay what is owed.

What if my claim is reject­ed, are there oth­er sources of fund­ing avail­able to me?

You may be enti­tled to an Advanced Learn­er Loan if your course is at Lev­el 3 or above instead of pay­ing for the course your­self. Please dis­cuss with the Infor­ma­tion Team to see whether you can apply. They can help you with the appli­ca­tion form if you wish.

What hap­pens if I am not eli­gi­ble for an Advanced Learn­er Loan?

You will need to pay the full amount for the entire course imme­di­ate­ly whether you decide to with­draw or con­tin­ue, as per the terms of your Learn­er Agree­ment. Alter­na­tive­ly you can arrange a Flex Pay Plan to pay by instal­ments. Refer to the Self Fund­ing” infor­ma­tion below.


Self Funding Course Fees

Will you be self-fund­ing your tuition fees?

If you will be self-fund­ing your tuition fees there are some key terms and con­di­tions which you need to know and are detailed in our fee’s pol­i­cy found here.

Flex Pay Instal­ment Plan

For cours­es over £350, we can offer instal­ments using Flex Pay, you will nor­mal­ly have to pay 13 of your total fees pri­or to the com­mence­ment of your course. Flex Pay will then con­tact you to agree on a pay­ment plan. You will be required to sign a Flex­pay agree­ment, how­ev­er, the pay­ment plan will be man­aged by Flex­Pay direct­ly whose details can be found here: https://​flex​pay​.uk​.com/

Direct pay­ment to the College

You will need to pay the full amount for the entire course before you com­mence your peri­od of study.

What if i strug­gle to meet the pay­ment schedule?

Should you have con­cerns with meet­ing your Flex Pay agreed pay­ment sched­ule, please con­tact them direct­ly at first to discuss.

What will hap­pen if I with­draw from my course?

If, after the call-off peri­od as per the fee pol­i­cy, at any time you with­draw from your course, you will still be liable for pay­ment in full for the com­plete course. If you with­draw dur­ing the call-off peri­od, you will incur a small admin charge as detailed in the fee pol­i­cy to cov­er admin­is­tra­tion costs. 

If you have select­ed to pay by Flex Pay, any out­stand­ing bal­ance will imme­di­ate­ly become due. Only in excep­tion­al cir­cum­stances will the Col­lege con­sid­er a refund, in line with its Refund Pol­i­cy. A form for Refund Appli­ca­tions is avail­able on request.

Can I trans­fer to anoth­er course after withdrawal?

If you with­draw in the first term of your course, you can apply to trans­fer any fees paid or payable to anoth­er course offered by the Col­lege in the same aca­d­e­m­ic year. Alter­na­tive­ly, vouch­ers can be issued to be used on any Stam­ford Col­lege course in the fol­low­ing aca­d­e­m­ic year. The val­ue will be pro rata to the num­ber of full terms remain­ing on the course at point of withdrawal.


Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans to support the cost of your course fees may be available to the students studying a Level 3 to 6 qualifications and will depend on your:

  • Age
  • Course
  • Nationality or residency status

If you have chosen to fund your course through Student Finance England, you will need to have received a funding letter from the college. These are issued on the basis of having received an offer from the college. As soon as you are in receipt of this letter, you will need to apply for your loan so that is it in place prior to enrolling on the course. If you have not yet had your loan approved - or even not applied for a loan - at the time of enrolment, then the key facts to consider are below:

Can I still enrol with­out evi­dence of my loan approval?

Yes, you can, but you will have to sign up for a Direct Deb­it that acts as a guar­an­tee that you will pay for the course your­self if your loan is not approved. 

Can the Col­lege help me with my application?

Yes, help and assis­tance is avail­able in the Infor­ma­tion, Advice and Guid­ance team.

What hap­pens if I am still await­ing approval and have insuf­fi­cient funds to cov­er the course fees?

If you have not received approval by the last week of Octo­ber, please dis­cuss this with the Infor­ma­tion Team so we can help resolve any out­stand­ing issues with your appli­ca­tion in good time. You will not be allowed to attend your course if your loan is still not approved and you have not start­ed to pay your fees.



If you are considering withdrawing from your course, the first point of contact is to talk to your tutor. Whilst they won’t be able to advise you on your finances, there may be a solution to any issues you are facing. Should you wish to progress with your withdrawal, your tutor will arrange this for you but there are financial implications you may need to consider.

Have you cho­sen to fund your course through an Advanced Learn­er Loan and are think­ing of with­draw­ing from your course?

Depend­ing on the date of your with­draw­al, Stu­dent Finance Eng­land may not pay your full tuition fee lia­bil­i­ty, so a por­tion of your fee may be invoiced direct­ly to you by the Col­lege. It’s impor­tant to remem­ber that any monies paid over to the col­lege by Stu­dent Finance Eng­land will still form part of your loan to be repaid in future years.

What if I with­draw before the course starts?

You will have no fee lia­bil­i­ty and can can­cel any stu­dent loans you have applied for.

What if I with­draw after I have start­ed to attend classes?

Your fee lia­bil­i­ty will depend on when you with­draw. You will have a two-week cool­ing-off peri­od from the date that your course starts until you become liable for the annu­al course fee. The fol­low­ing will apply accord­ing to the fund­ing method cho­sen after this period:

Flex­Pay Instalments

The bal­ance of the loan will become payable in full

Adult Learn­er Loan

The bal­ance of the full annu­al fee, less any monies received by the col­lege from Stu­dent Finance Eng­land will be due

Employ­er Funded

Fees will be due whether paid by the employ­er, or not, at the time of with­draw­al. The lia­bil­i­ty ulti­mate­ly lies with the student


Fees should be paid pri­or to enrol­ment so no refund will be given

If you with­draw with­in the cool­ing off peri­od, a small admin charge to be made accord­ing to the fee pol­i­cy found here.


Employer Funded

My employ­er agreed to fund my course when I enrolled.

We will need to have evi­dence that they will agree to the charges which will need to be pro­vid­ed dur­ing your enrolment.

I have been asked to sup­ply a let­ter of Authorisation/​Purchase Order, what does this mean?

This must be a let­ter on com­pa­ny head­ed paper and addressed to the Col­lege with your name, and your employ­ers agree­ment to be liable for the course fees for each aca­d­e­m­ic year, along with rel­e­vant pur­chase orders if required. This must be signed by an autho­rised mem­ber of the company.

This letter/​purchase order must be brought with you in order to enrol on your cho­sen course.

What hap­pens if I leave my employer?

You need to ensure your Com­pa­ny let­ter makes it clear where lia­bil­i­ty lies in the event you leave their employment. 

If your Employ­er has con­sent­ed to cov­er all costs in the event of your leav­ing, then you may con­tin­ue your course at no cost to your­self. If how­ev­er your Employ­er has arranged with your­self that no fur­ther fees will be cov­ered, then you will become per­son­al­ly liable for the bal­ance whether you con­tin­ue on the course or not. See the Self-Fund­ing” guid­ance above for more information.


16 – 19 Financial Support

Stamford College can offer financial support to any student from low-income households who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training. There are a number of funds you can apply for depending on your personal circumstance.

The College has separate funding criteria for the following;

  • 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary
  • 16-18 Discretionary Learner Support Fund
  • 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund

Please see below for information about all financial support options, along with their eligibility criteria.

16 – 18 Vul­ner­a­ble Bursary

16 – 19 Vul­ner­a­ble Stu­dent Bursary

If you fall into one of the fol­low­ing groups you may be eli­gi­ble to apply for the 16 – 18 Vul­ner­a­ble Bursary:

  • Young Peo­ple in Care
  • Care Leavers
  • Receiv­ing Income sup­port or Uni­ver­sal Cred­it in your own right because you are finan­cial­ly sup­port­ing your­self or/​and some­one who is depen­dent on you
  • Receiv­ing Dis­abil­i­ty Liv­ing Allowance or Per­son­al Inde­pen­dent Pay­ment in your own right and Employ­ment Sup­port Allowance or Uni­ver­sal Cred­it in your own right

If you fall into one or more of these groups above you can apply for a Vul­ner­a­ble Bur­sary of up to £1,200 per aca­d­e­m­ic year. You will receive a week­ly pay­ment which is atten­dance based. You may also be eli­gi­ble for help with trans­port to and from col­lege, uni­form and equip­ment and any manda­to­ry trips.

16 – 18 Dis­cre­tionary Learn­er sup­port fund

If you are under the age of 19 at the start of your course and have a house­hold income of less than £16,190 you may be eli­gi­ble for sup­port with the following:

  • Free Col­lege Meals
  • Trans­port
  • Uni­form
  • Equip­ment
  • Manda­to­ry Trips

If your income is between £16,190 and £27,000 you may be eli­gi­ble for the following:

  • Col­lege Bus at a reduced cost
  • Uni­form
  • Equip­ment
  • Manda­to­ry Trips

19+Discretionary Learn­er sup­port fund

If you are 19 or over at the start of your course and have a house­hold income of less than £16,190 you may be eli­gi­ble for sup­port with the following:

  • Trans­port
  • Uni­form
  • Equip­ment
  • Manda­to­ry Trips
  • Child­care *see below for more information

If your income is between £16,190 and £27,000 you may be eli­gi­ble for the following:

  • Col­lege Bus at a reduced cost
  • Uni­form
  • Equip­ment
  • Manda­to­ry Trips
  • Child­care * see below for more information

Free Col­lege Meals

If you are under the age of 19 at the start of your course and have a house­hold income of less than £16,190 you may be enti­tled to free col­lege meals. One of the fol­low­ing forms of evi­dence will need to be provided:

  • Income Sup­port
  • Income-based Job Seek­ers Allowance
  • Income-relat­ed Employ­ment and Sup­port Allowance
  • Sup­port under part VI of the Immi­gra­tion and Asy­lum Act 1999
  • The guar­an­tee ele­ment of State Pen­sion Credit
  • Child Tax Cred­its (But not work­ing Tax Cred­its) with a gross annu­al income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC
  • Uni­ver­sal Cred­it hav­ing pro­vid­ed 3 con­sec­u­tive state­ments with net earn­ings not exceed­ing the equiv­a­lent of £7,400 pa (£616.67 per month)
  • Work­ing tax run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qual­i­fy­ing for work­ing tax credit
  • In receipt of free meals at school or col­lege (evi­dence required)

Stu­dents aged 19 – 24 are only eli­gi­ble to receive a free meal if they meet the eli­gi­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria above and have an Edu­ca­tion, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)


16 – 19 Child­care Costs

If you are aged 16 to 19 at the start of your course you can apply to Care to Learn for help with your child­care costs. Stu­dents apply direct using the fol­low­ing web­site www​.gov​.uk/​c​a​r​e​-​t​o​-​learn.

20+ Child­care

If you are aged 20 or over and are plan­ning to use an OFST­ED reg­is­tered Child­care provider (Nurs­ery, Child Min­der, Pre/​After School club) whilst you are at col­lege and if your house­hold income is £27,000 or below you would qual­i­fy for help towards your child­care costs. Child­care is not paid dur­ing col­lege hol­i­day peri­ods; this is only paid dur­ing term-time and dur­ing the hours the stu­dent is at col­lege. If you are in receipt of any ear­ly years fund­ing, these hours must be used before any con­tri­bu­tions for child­care are made by the college.

Are there any stu­dents that can’t apply for finan­cial sup­port through the Learn­er Sup­port Fund?


  • Stu­dents on appren­tice­ship pro­grammes, or any waged train­ing, because those stu­dents are clas­si­fied as employed.

When is the dead­line to apply for finan­cial sup­port, and what if my cir­cum­stances change?

There is no dead­line date to apply, but the soon­er you apply the bet­ter. Appli­ca­tions can be sub­mit­ted at any time dur­ing the aca­d­e­m­ic year. Stu­dents may also make more than one appli­ca­tion if their sit­u­a­tion changes. 

I was eli­gi­ble for, and received, finan­cial sup­port last year — Do I need to re-apply?

Yes. A new appli­ca­tion needs to be sub­mit­ted to the Learn­er Sup­port Fund for each aca­d­e­m­ic year that you study at the col­lege. This is because sit­u­a­tions and ben­e­fit amounts are like­ly to change year on year.

Will apply­ing to the Learn­er Sup­port Fund impact my benefits?

No. Receiv­ing assis­tance from the Learn­er Sup­port Fund will not affect the amount or enti­tle­ment to any Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions (DWP) ben­e­fits you receive. The bur­sary fund is in place to sup­port the costs of edu­ca­tion and remove finan­cial bar­ri­ers so that all stu­dents have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to study the course of their choosing. 


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