FINANCIAL SUPPORT & ADVICE
East Surrey College’s Client Services Team offers advice on a one-to-one basis on financial matters, including details of fees, student loans and any additional bursaries.
If you have any further financial queries the Client Services Team will be happy to assist. Please call 01737 788444 or visit us at the College.
Details of fees for individual courses are available from course leaders. ESC will publicise its HE fees, any additional bursary details and outreach policies in the following ways:
• Information on fees, any additional bursaries and Student Loans will be included in interviews and relevant external briefings at schools and publicity events.
• Relevant partner organisations will receive updates on fees policies.
• All applicants receiving an offer of a place will be advised in writing of the fees that will apply to them, and of the nature and level of support that is available.
All tuition fees are payable annually. Fees quoted will be for the current academic year. Further fees will be payable in subsequent years for courses of more than 1 year duration. Fees in subsequent years may show an inflationary increase.
Material fees may be applicable for some courses; these fees are payable annually. Certain courses may require you to buy protective clothing, footwear and/or tools.
Examination entry registration fees are payable where applicable at the beginning of your course.
Full-time students from the UK/EU who are studying for their first degree or other higher education course can apply to the Student Loans Company for a Tuition Fee Loan for the full amount (this will be paid directly to the College). Additionally full-time UK only students can apply for a Maintenance loan (to cover living costs).
Part-time students from the UK/EU studying for their first degree or other higher education course can also get a Tuition Fee Loan, but are not eligible to apply for a loan to cover living costs.
Additional funding and support is available from the Student Loan Company for students with disabilities through the Disabled Students Allowance.
Further details of student loans and how to apply can be found by following this link: http://www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance. Advice sessions can also be booked through Client Services.
OTHER PAYMENT METHODS
If you are not eligible for financial support you will need to pay for the course privately which could include a contribution from your employer.
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.
If your employer has agreed to pay for your course or part of your course you can download and complete the Employer Undertaking form and return it to Client Services. Once the details have been confirmed and finalised, the College will invoice your employer for your tuition fees.
When do I have to pay the fees?
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. The remaining 3 equal instalments are normally payable in October, January and March (this will be finalised at 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.
How can I pay?
Payments can be made in cash, cheque (payable to East Surrey College) or credit/debit cards.
If you are receiving certain means tested benefits you may be eligible for remission of tuition fees. Proof of benefit will need to be supplied at enrolment.
The College operates a strict no refund policy. However, fees will be refunded in full if the College finds it necessary to cancel your course.
If you need further help with costs, there may be other support available. The College administers several funds which are targeted at particular groups of students. Application forms are available from our Client Services Team who will assess the application and see if you are eligible for help with the costs of:
If you are studying a higher education course at East Surrey College, you may be eligible for a student loan from Student Finance England.
Currently all EU students on full-time Higher Education courses at UK institutions are eligible to apply to the Student Loans Company for financial support. This can be fees only, or can also include a maintenance loan as well. Full details can be found at The Student Loans Company
People in receipt of a means-tested benefit are most likely to be helped, as are those leaving Local Authority Care.
Note that this does not include the cost of library fines or replacement ID cards.
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs):
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) provide extra financial help if you want to study a higher education course and have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia. Full details can be found at the Directgov website
Course Viability: The College runs courses in a cost effective manner, and this will normally be determined by the number of students enrolled on a course. If at the start of the course the numbers are too low to make the course viable, the College reserves the right to cancel.
European Students: The full published fee will apply if you are aged 19 or over and been ‘ordinarily’ resident in the UK or EEA for at least three years prior to the start of the course, unless you qualify for a concessionary fee. If the ‘ordinary’ resident criterion does not apply you may need to pay additional fees.
EU residents living outside the UK and overseas students will be required to bring their passports, visa and immigration documents to enrolment. All EU residents living in the UK will be required to bring their ID cards to enrolment.
For further information, please get in touch with our Client Services team by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling direct on 01737 788444.
International Students: The Government has introduced new legislation limiting the number of international students able to study in the UK. For further details see www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk. At the present time we are not taking any applications from students who are currently residing overseas but will review this decision on a regular basis.