Funding & Finance

The adult education budget is designed to help adults gain qualifications to access higher level learning. Funding is also available to bring communities together which allows free courses to be run without qualifications which are linked to local needs.  There are a range of financial support services available to all students over 19 years old, to support you with the cost of education. The funding you can claim to support your studies will depend on your personal circumstances, where you live and the course you are studying.

You may be able to study for free

Your personal circumstances and/or your choice of course may allow you to study for free or at a discounted price. Please check out the information below or contact us to discuss your options.

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Helpful Information

Many of our courses are FREE for Eligible Learners, this is shown in the course details. You may be eligible for a FREE course if you are:

  • Earning less than £25,000*
  • Aged 19-23 and studying for your first full Level 2 qualification on an eligible course.
  • Aged 19-23 and studying for your first full Level 3 qualification on an eligible course.
  • Aged 19+ live in Greater Manchester and wish to study a course as part of the level 3 GMCA local offer
  • Aged 19+ Free Courses for Jobs Level 3 courses: FREE if you live in Greater Manchester and wish to study your first or second level 3 qualification.
  • Aged 19+ Free Courses for Jobs Level 3 courses: FREE if you live outside of Greater Manchester, earn less than £25,000.
  • GCSE English and Maths and Functional Skills are FREE if you have not achieved a grade C/Level 4 or above).

To find out more about whether your chosen course is eligible, call our admissions team.

* This figure may change, please visit the website for the latest information.

To apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for a Level 3 course where you are aged 19-23 you need to not be eligible for Level 3 legal entitlement or Free Courses for Jobs offers. If aged 24+ or wish to study at Level 4 and above there are no additional requirements.

It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t considered, and there are no credit checks.

You only need to start paying back your Advanced Learner Loan when you are earning more than £524 a week, £2,274 a month or £27,295 a year.

If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education course (QAA Access to HE Diploma) and you subsequently complete Student Finance England funded higher education (HE) course, then the Student loans company will write off the balance of the Access to Higher Education course loan.

For some courses, you must complete an online application, for others, you can book and pay by phone or email.

Advanced Learner Loans: Look out for courses with the Learner Loans Icon.

If you are studying with us, you may be eligible for additional government funding that contributes towards:

  • Travel costs
  • Childcare costs
  • Domestic emergencies.
  • Compulsory course costs. Including Trips, books and equipment.
  • Registration, Examination and Accreditation fees.
  • ICT devices and connectivity costs.
Funds are limited and subject to eligibility and availability. For more information, contact

Help with childcare costs

If you need assistance with the cost of childcare while you are at College, you may be eligible for help towards the cost by applying through the Learner Support Fund or the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary

Awards will be made to eligible students based on income levels in the household and using an Ofsted registered childcare provider to help with the costs whilst on the course.

It should be noted that these funds are limited, and no awards can be guaranteed to students. To be eligible student’s household income should be under £40,000 per annum (gross).  Applications are available from Learner Services and Main Reception at all sites.


Council tax exemption

Any full time student aged 18 and over can also apply for Council Tax Exemption from their Local Authority. Council Tax Exemption Certificates are available from Student Services.

Our Higher Education tuition fees are lower than most UK universities’ fees and represent great value for money. We also offer extra financial support through bursaries and other funds.

Available Loans

If you are aged 18 years of age or older you can apply for a student loan to over the cost of your course.  Please speak to Student Finance for further information.

Scholarship Awards

The College offers a limited number of Scholarship Awards made up of a cash grant of £1,000 for first year full time students and £500 cash grant for first year part time students. The awards are paid in February and May. Students are eligible if their household income up to £25,000 and have to demonstrate a commitment to study through attendance and engagement with study. 

Am I eligible for funding?

Funding is available to students on lower incomes to help meet costs associated with their course and coming to college, with several different options available, depending on the type and level of study.

Remember, our Student Financial Support Team is ready and waiting to help with information, advice and support on a range of fees and finance issues related to your study.

Find out more about student finance by visiting Student Finance England




Students aged 19+ on further education courses from low-income households or receiving benefits can apply to the Learner Support Fund for additional help with the costs of course related travel, childcare kit and equipment costs.

Course fees should be paid at enrolment by cash or card.

We accept all major credit/debit cards, except American Express.

Flexible payments can be arranged by Standing Order.

If your employer is paying your course fees you must bring a letter of authorisation from them to

enrolment. We will then issue an invoice to them directly for payment.

Your personal circumstances and/or your choice of course may allow you to study for free or at a discounted price. Please contact us to discuss your options.

If you have questions about your course or funding available, contact the team.

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