Paying for your Course

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Further Education Courses 2012/13


Depending on your course and on your circumstances, you might not need to pay for your further education (FE) course.

If you are undertaking a Full Cost course (one that isn’t funded by the government), then you will need to pay regardless of your circumstances, however you might be able to pay by instalments, please see How to Pay below.


16-18 Year Olds

If you are undertaking a fundable course and are aged 18 or under as at 31st August 2012, then you will not normally need to pay for your course fees.

If you start your course when you are aged 16-18, you will not normally need to pay if you turn 19 during the course.  Please note this applies only to the same qualification.  If you move on to a different course or level you might have to pay for your fees.

Adults aged 19 or Over

If you are aged 19 or over, undertaking a fundable FE course then you might not need to pay if:

- You are unemployed, in receipt of a state benefit (e.g. JSA or Income Support) and you are undertaking the course in order to gain the skills required for employment
- You are aged 19-23 and undertaking your first full level 2 qualification and you don’t already hold a full level 2 or higher qualification
- You are aged 19-24 and undertaking your first full level 3 qualification and you don’t already hold a full level 3 or higher qualification
- If your total household income (everyone within the home) is less than £19,000 then you will not need to pay.  If your household income is between £19,000 and £24,000 then you will only need to pay for half your course.
If you don’t fall into one of these categories, you will need to pay for your course but you may be able to do this by instalments 

How to Pay

If you need to pay for your course, you will need to arrange payment when you come to enrol.
You can pay for your course by credit/debit card, cash or cheque. 

To enrol on a course that your employer is paying for, you will need a letter from your employer confirming this.

Courses can be paid for by instalments of up to 6 monthly, equal, consecutive payments, which must have all been paid before you finish your course.

Instalments will be taken by a recurring card transaction and are only available for holders of Master Card credit, Visa card credit or Visa debit cards. To access the 6 instalments your course must be a minimum of 24 weeks’ in duration and cost a minimum of £100. 


If you are not in possession of one of the above cards, there is also an option of paying instalments by Standing Order, with a maximum of 4 equal consecutive monthly payments. 

Examination Fees

If you are aged under 19 at the beginning of the academic year or if you are aged 19 or over and fall into one of the categories above where you don’t need to pay, you will not be required to pay for your first examination fee. Where a re-sit is required, you will need to pay for this.

Equipment and Materials

 You might need to budget for books and materials (e.g. paper, overalls and equipment) which you might wish to purchase during your course.Some books, materials and equipment may be available to borrow while you are on College premises. 


Protective Clothing

If you are enrolling on an Engineering or Construction course at Chesterfield College, you will be required to provide your own protective clothing for the practical sessions. 




For more information or advice on paying for your course why not talk to our Student Services Team on 01246 500500.