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FEES AND DISCOUNTS

The course fee stated covers the tuition costs per course – whether it runs for 1 day, 2-10 weeks, one term or an academic year.

There may be additional expenses relating to a course, e.g. for materials, books, examination and assessment fees; these will be confirmed at the time of enrolment. Students will be informed by the course tutor of the examination fee and closing date for entries.

FEES AND PAYMENTS

Individual course fees are listed as part of the course information on this website and within the part-time guide. The costs for adults on each course fall into different bands, and some small group prices apply.

Instalment Agreements are available on request for course fees totalling more than £400. In all cases, at least 25% of the fee will be due on enrolment. 

In exceptional circumstances for example financial hardship, please speak to a member of the Finance team who will discuss with you possible alternative options.

Please contact our Client Services Team with any further queries on 01737 788444.

Qualification Courses - Full Fee

The full published fee will apply if you are aged 19 or over and have been "ordinarily" resident in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for at least three years prior to the start of the course, unless you qualify for a concessionary fee (see below). If the "ordinarily" resident criterion does not apply you will need to pay additional fees. If you are aged 16-18 you will normally qualify for free tuition for a qualification course, provided you are not enrolled at another School or Further Education college, under these circumstances you may have to pay a fee.

Qualification Courses - Concessionary Fee

Concessionary fees only apply for courses marked * in the course guide. If you are aged 19 or over and satisfy one (or more) of the criteria below then you may qualify for free tuition:

  • In receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) including those with NI credits only and enrolling on a course to gain skills for employment
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance – Work Related Activity Group (ESA WRAG) and enrolling on a course to gain skills for employment
  • Unemployed and can provide current documentary proof of a state benefit and undertaking skills training that will help get you into work ("Employment Waiver") - specific rules apply
  • Aged 19-23 and studying your first Full Level 2 qualification
  • Aged 19-23 and studying your first Full Level 3 qualification
  • In receipt of a Universal Credit and mandated to undertake skills training. Specific rules apply to ex-military personnel (evidence of entrance learning criteria is required)

If you are in receipt of these benefits, then please ensure you provide original documents at enrolment. Please note that any paperwork will be photocopied and held in your record. All other course related fees will still be payable.

Depending on the course you apply for, you may be asked to contribute towards materials that you take away with you eg ingredients or flowers. You will be advised of any costs when you enrol.

Employer/Sponsor Undertaking Form

Please download and complete the Employer Undertaking form if your Employer/Sponsor has agreed to pay your tuition fees and/or examinations/registration fees.

ADVANCED LEARNER LOANS

What are they?

If you’re looking to improve your career prospects; and training costs have always been the barrier, then for courses starting after 1 August 2017 you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

If you are aged 19 or over you are now able to take out an Advanced Learner Loan to enable you to study on a course and pay no upfront tuition costs. It will fund your college course at Level 3 and above, including Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships.

Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks

Repayments - You’ll have to pay your loan back when both the following apply:

  • you’ve finished your course
  • you earn more than £21,000 a year

All applications are via the Gov.uk website – apply now.

Please note:  The Advanced Learner Loan will be available to people aged 19+ from 1 August 2017; if you are applying to start a course prior to this date you will only be eligible for the loan if you are aged 24+.

ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN BURSARY SCHEME

East Surrey College has a discretionary bursary fund available from the Skills Funding Agency for students aged 19 and above. To be eligible for support from this fund, you must be enrolled onto a Level 3 or 4 course and have a Advanced Learner Loan agreed by the Student Loans Company for your tuition fees. This bursary can contribute towards travel, childcare costs for the days you attend college and essential kit and equipment. This award is assessed on an individual basis and you will be informed in writing of our decision to support your costs.

Any support you receive will be subject to the conditions outlined on our bursary form.

To make sure that we direct the right support to you, please fully complete the form below, and submit this to Client Services.

Click here to download an application form for 2017-18

Leisure Courses - Fees

The full published fee will apply if you are aged 19 or over and have been "ordinarily" resident in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for at least three years prior to the start of the course, unless you qualify for a concessionary fee (see below). If the "ordinarily" resident criterion does not apply you will need to pay additional fees. If you are aged 16-18 you will not qualify for a concession on a Leisure course. Free tuition will apply under the following circumstances:

  • Aged 19 or over and are in receipt of a means tested benefit and are taking your first leisure course in the current academic year

Depending on the course you apply for, you may be asked to contribute towards materials that you take away with you eg ingredients or flowers. You will be advised of any costs when you enrol.

Payments for all Courses

Please note that to qualify for a concessionary fee, suitable evidence must be supplied when you enrol. For JSA, ESA or State Benefits (including means tested), evidence must be supplied as an official letter (for example from a government department) dated not more than 2 months prior to the start of the course.

Unless documentary evidence is supplied when you enrol (evidence can be sent by post or using electronic media), then we will not be able to award you a concessionary fee.

Refunds

Please note that you will not be entitled to a refund unless the course is cancelled by the College. If in exceptional circumstances, a written request for a refund is agreed by the Deputy Principal, an administration fee of £30 will be applied. East Surrey College will abide by the Terms and Conditions of the Distance Selling Regulations. Download a copy of the College Refunds Policy.

Cancellations

We may have to cancel sessions of courses in circumstances beyond our control, such as power failure, extreme weather or sudden staff sickness. The fee you pay is for the whole course, not a set number of weeks and hours. In the event of a cancelled session we endeavour to ensure that any missed content is covered in the remaining available weeks.

Need Help?

If you would like clarification on fees, payment terms or how to qualify for the Concessionary fee please contact Client Services on 01737 788444.

Customer Satisfaction

We are committed to providing quality education and high quality customer service at all times and your comments are very important to us. If you find that you are not satisfied with your course for any reason, we would ask that you discuss it with your course tutor in the first instance.

If your query or complaint remains unresolved then please request a copy of our complaints

procedure leaflet, which can be obtained from the Client Services team or our staff at one of the centres.

Workers' Educational Association (WEA)

Any courses where the title ends in the letters WEA are run by, and will be processed by, the Workers’ Educational Association. Your calls will be redirected to the WEA enrolment office.

For courses with a code starting C37 you can book a place and pay online at www.southern.wea.org.uk, or by telephone on 0800 328 1060 (lines are open
Monday to Friday 08:30 - 16:30).  Alternatively, for these courses you can send a cheque/postal order, payable to WEA Southern Region, with a covering letter to:

Workers’ Educational Association
FREEPOST SEA4286
Rochester ME2 4BR 

Address: East Surrey College, Gatton Point, London Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 2JX

Main Switchboard: 01737 772611 / Client Services: 01737 788444 / Enrolment Line: 01737 788445 / Email: clientservices@esc.ac.uk

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