Course costs vary for students under the age of 19 years compared with those of adult learners. Some courses receive no government subsidy whereas others are partially or in some cases fully subsidised.
How much is my course?
Fees have been included alongside some courses to act as a guide when choosing your course. Some fees may be subject to change or may exclude material and exam fees. For these reasons we advise that you call our enquiry line on 0800 032 1986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the relevant costs for when you enrol. When you are offered a place on a course, this is conditional on payment of the appropriate fee at enrolment.
See also - Free Tuition for Adults
Fee Reductions for Adults
Adults (aged 19 years or over) undertaking courses funded by the Skills Funding Agency may be entitled to reduced course fees as follows:
- Adults (aged 19 to 23 years) who do not have a first full Level 2 qualification i.e. do not have 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, an NVQ at Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. You will be exempt from tuition fees, although other fees covering examinations, certification and materials may still apply.
- Adults (aged 19 to 23 years) who do not have a Level 2 qualification and wish to enrol on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with the expectation of progressing to Level 2 or beyond.
- Adults undertaking English or maths basic skills, including GCSE level if the learner has not previously attained grade C.
- Adults (aged 19 to 24 years) who do not have a first full Level 3 qualification i.e. do not have 2 or more A Level passes or 4 or more AS Level qualifications, an NVQ at Level 3 or equivalent. You will be exempt from tuition fees, although other fees covering examinations, certification and materials may still apply.
Adults who are in receipt of certain means tested benefits (Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group) will be entitled to a reduction in fees.
Recipients of Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit, contribution-based ESA, who are unemployed and wish to train in order to find work, may also be entitled to a reduction in fees.
Valid documentary evidence of any qualifying benefits received must be provided in order for fee reduction to be allowed. Please note that disability related benefits such as DLA, Carers Allowance and Invalidity Benefit are not classed as means tested and therefore do not qualify for fees reduction. For further information please ring the enquiry line on 0800 032 1986.
Are you aged 24 years or over?
24+ Advanced Learning Loans
The introduction of Advanced Learning Loans will provide support for those aged 24 and over to access advanced (Level 3) and higher (Level 4) further education courses from the 2013/14 academic year. For the first time Advanced Learner Loans will give learners in further education access to financial support similar to that which is available in higher education for tuition costs, from the Student Loans Company. This means rather than an individual having to pay for their course upfront they have the option of accessing an Advanced Learner Loan. Learners can apply from 1 April 2013 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2013. It's easy to apply, household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Learners won't have to pay anything back until their income is over £21,000 a year.
Further information is available by following the links below:
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has confirmed that the government has dropped the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans system for apprenticeships, therefore removing any cost to the learner. From February 2014 Apprentices aged 24 and over will no longer be required to take out a loan, their costs will be covered by Government funding (for advanced and higher level apprenticeships) via the Adult Skills budget. Those who have already taken out a loan will not be required to repay them and the Student Loans Company will be in touch. This is only applicable if the apprenticeship qualification is an upward progression on qualifications already achieved. Information is limited at present, but you can visit the Department for Business Innovation and Skills - Skills Funding Statement 2013-2016 February edition for further details.
Can I pay by instalments?
You can pay by instalments on certain high cost courses. We regret that we are unable to offer this facility on courses where the total cost payable is less than £200. The instalment plan consists of 25% deposit at enrolment followed by three equal monthly payments by standing order, commencing in December. Account facilities are available to employers, provided that written evidence is produced in advance of the student’s enrolment, indicating that the employer is willing to pay fees on the student’s behalf.
HLC accepts payment by cash, cheque (with banker’s card) or credit card (most types accepted)
What happens if I need a refund?
Classes need to be viable in order to run. If there are not enough students, a full refund will be paid. Refunds for any other reason are only granted in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the College.
What fees will apply if I am an overseas student (non-EU)
HLC welcomes students from overseas and we’re sure that you will find HLC an ideal place to study. HCT has attracted students from all over the world, including Australia, China, USA and many other countries.
Fees for learners who are from overseas are applied at a different rate from those indicated in this guide. For information regarding course fees, when applying as an overseas student (this includes those who have not lived in the EU for more than 3 years). Please contact the Learner Services Team on the enquiries line 0800 032 1986.
Rules and regulations
- Classes will not be formed unless enough students enrol to make them viable
- Classes may be cancelled if numbers fall below the minimum required
- HLC reserves the right to alter or cancel courses or parts of courses for whatever reason, without prior notice
- The Principal’s decision is final as to whether or not a student may be enrolled for any particular class or course
Further details of HLC regulations are available from Reception at the Hereford Campus.
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