FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND ADVICE
East Surrey College’s Client Services Team offer advice on a one-to-one basis on financial matters, including details of fees, tuition loans and maintenance loans.
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.
The College will spend a proportion of tuition fee income on financial support in the form of a bursary awarded in the first year of a programme. The total number of bursaries awarded will be capped in accordance with the amount of funding set aside as detailed in the resource plan for 2021-22. Click here to read the T&Cs.
Details of fees for individual courses are available from Course Leaders. ESC will publicise its Higher Education fees and outreach policies in the following ways:
- Information on fees 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.
You have the right to end your contract as a result of fee increases if you so wish. Failure to pay tuition fees may lead to sanctions, including your withdrawal from a course.
As is usual for all Higher Education courses, you will need to buy materials to support your learning. Most commonly this means books, printing and stationery but on some courses, this may include specialist equipment (eg a digital camera) and/or materials (eg make-up supplies). Please refer to the individual course pages for specific details or contact us for a discussion.
All registration and examination fees are included in the tuition fee for Higher Education students. However, you may be charged for any resits/repeat years that you incur where claims for mitigating circumstances have not been upheld by an official examination board.
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). Part-time students from the UK/EU studying for their first degree or other Higher Education course can also get a Tuition Fee Loan.
Additionally, students can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help cover living costs or other education related costs (Visit the SLC website to see if you would be eligible).
Additional funding and support are available from the Student Loans 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.
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.
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.
The College currently has a low-fee policy on Higher Education courses.
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 and UK 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 include a maintenance loan as well. Full details can be found at The Student Loans Company
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 Direct gov website.
If you are intending to apply for DSA and/or have Additional Learning Support needs, please discuss this with the College as soon as possible.
Course Viability: On rare occasions, courses may be subject to cancellation if insufficient enrolments take place. If this is the case, prospective students will be contacted and offered information, advice and guidance about finding a suitable alternative at the College or with another institution. They will have no liability for fees.
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.
ADDITIONAL INDEPENDENT INFORMATION
Student Finance England quick start guide:
Government Student Finance Calculator: