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Financial Support for Adult Learners

Financial Support for Adult Learners

Aged 19 or older, looking to return to full or part time study? Worried about money?

Learners aged 19 and over on 31st August 2019 will normally pay registration, tuition and exam fees in addition to kit, additional activity, visits or books.  However, there is lots of financial support available, and in some cases, your tuition fees may be waived. If you need any help in assessing whether you’re eligible for financial support, please contact our Financial Support Team on 01223 418443 or email us on

19+ Bursary

The 19+ Bursary offers assistance to learners studying a level 1, 2 or a first full level 3 qualification.  To be eligible the learner must be aged 19 or over on 31st August 2019 with a gross household income of £28,000 or less.

19+ Childcare

Funding for 19+ Childcare is available through the college 19+ Discretionary Bursary.  The contribution is for the days the learner is timetabled to be in college (a maximum of £160 per week per child) and the provider must be Ofsted registered.  The fund will not cover any registration fees, food, pick-ups or childcare costs over college holidays (eg. half term, Easter, Christmas, summer holiday).

Childcare Assessment Form 19-20

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

To be eligible for Advanced Learner Loan Discretionary Bursary you will be:

  • An approved Advanced Learner Loan applicant
  • Able to demonstrate a gross household income of £28,000 per annum or below.

Course Fees

Free Tuition

You may qualify for free tuition on courses leading to a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification if:

  • You are enrolling on an Entry 3 or Level 1 programme where the learner doesn’t currently have a full Level 2 qualification
  • You are currently unemployed, seeking employment and enrolling on this course to help get back into employment, as well as in receipt of an eligible benefit;
  • You are aged 19-23 on 1 September 2019 studying your first full level 2 or level 3 qualification.

You would still need to pay for the registration, exam fees and any other costs associated with your course. Please contact our Student Administration team on 01223 226347 for more information and fee advice.

Advanced Learner Loan

Eligible learners are able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to cover some or all of the College course fees.  These loans are administered through the Student Loans Company with a minimum loan available of £300 to cover fees for an eligible full Level 3 or higher qualification.  Click here to find out more about Advanced Learner loans.

Higher Education Study Loans & Grants

Higher Education students are able to apply for a Higher Education study loan or grant from Student Finance England.

Learners with Learning Difficulties

Learners aged 19-24 on 1 September 2019 who have an up-to-date Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which references CRC as the education provider will not be charged for any tuition, enrolment or exam fees, or for registration fees to external validating bodies.  There may be additional costs associated with the course such as visits, kit/equipment or additional activity but these will be clearly communicated to potential learners in advance.

Learners aged 19 and over on 31st August 2019 will normally pay registration, tuition and exam fees in addition to kit, additional activity, visits or books.  However, tuition fees may be waived for some learners and financial support is available to help with childcare, equipment, books, transport and other expenses. 

Instalment plans

Instalment plans can be arranged for fees of £350.00 or above.  The standard plan would be for one deposit on enrolment and three equal monthly instalments.  In exceptional circumstances, a special arrangement plan might be agreed with the Finance office. 

 For further information please call 01223 418344 or  226347.


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