To support City Lit’s mission to bring people together to enrich lives through learning the College aims to charge tuition fees at an appropriate level based on the individual’s capacity to pay.
The fees that the College charges are set each year by the Executive, taking into account the requirements of government legislation and the College’s funding agencies.
We aim to ensure that learners, prospective learners and those supporting learners are aware of:
- The courses that qualify for fee reduction
- The type of financial support and other assistance available
- Who is eligible for funding and the evidence required to claim funding
- How to apply
The broad framework of support is outlined in this policy. More detailed and current information, plus links to application forms, will be maintained on the College website.
This policy covers the following categories of fees and eligibility requirements:
- Students under 19 years of age
- Students with an Education Health Care Plan
Additionally, this policy outlines following help that is available:
- Payment plans
- Student bursary
- Advanced Learner Loans
- Grants towards travel, materials, and exam fees
- Help with Childcare costs
The College also may make use of discounts and special offers to aid recruitment (e.g. Black Friday style offers)
Fee Remission Eligibility
|The full fee is paid by everyone who doesn’t qualify for the senior, or concessionary fee. This includes individuals that have not been ordinarily resident in the UK/EEA for the past 3 years, or are not a UK/EEA citizen or have right of abode in the UK.
Some courses are available with a reduced fee for seniors. These are for people who are:
The UK government does not offer an automatic concession for retired people, so the senior fee is entirely subsidised by City Lit. Due to this, the senior fee is only offered some of our daytime courses.
Where practicable the College will offer concessionary fees. Details of courses and rates will be published alongside the course outline on the website.
We are committed to making our courses affordable to as many people as possible. We however reserve the right to limit the number of concessionary places on any course a
|Students under 19 years of age
City Lit will not enrol anyone that is under 19 years of age unless the following exceptions apply:
These exceptions are limited to these subject areas:
A student is assessed as being an 'under 19' student if they were aged 18 or younger on 31st August of each year. Before enrolling on a course approval needs to be given by the relevant Head of Department. We are unable to charge fees for students under 19.
|Students with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
Students with an EHCP who are 16-18 on 31st August may only enrol on courses within the three approved areas listed above, with approval by Head of Department and the Access, Inclusion & Support (AIS) team.
Students with an EHCP who are 19-25 on 31st August may enrol on other courses with approval by the Access, Inclusion & Support (AIS) team.
The AIS team will assess any additional support needs for students who are under 25 and have an EHCP. They will review whether City Lit can provide the appropriate support to students in this group before approving enrolment.
Applicants must be made at least one month in advance of the course start date to allow time to carry out the assessment.
Students who meet specified residency, skills development needs and/or benefit/income requirements may be eligible for zero fees. Documentary proof will be required upon application.
Current eligibility information will be made available, along with contact information, on the City Lit website. Eligibility may differ between different courses.
The following help is also available to assist with paying course fees:
For UK based students enrolling on a course that runs for at least 9 weeks course fees may be paid in instalments.
Interest for setting up a payment plan will not be charged and there are no other additional fees. We have two types of payment plans:
We require all students applying to pay for course fees in instalments to set up reoccurring credit/debit card payments. Failure to make a payment will result in automatic withdrawal from the course and prevented from enrolling on future courses until the debt is cleared.
Further details can be found at the following link: Booking Terms and Conditions.
A bursary scheme has been created to support UK based students with financial difficulties.
An application form will be made available on the website and the details of the bursary can be found at the following link: Student Bursary.
|Advanced Learner Loans
Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE). These are available to all students studying at level 3 to 6.
Details on how to apply will be made available on the website.
|Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF) - Travel and Materials
The DLSF provides a contribution towards travel costs, books and/or materials that have been pre-set by course departments. If the course is accredited, the DLSF can provide a grant to pay the examination fee.
Eligibility is for students who are:
An application form will be made available on the website and a decision will be made within 14 days if an award is to be made.
|Help with childcare costs
There are two childcare schemes available to students.
Eligibility criteria and application information will be made available on the website.
Discounts and special offers
From time to time the College may offer promotional discounts or special offers to applicants.
- The College reserves the right to not apply concessions in addition to courses that are already offered at a promotional or discount rate.
- Discounts and offers may be strictly time limited. In the case of late discounts, where applicants have already booked, they will not be permitted to cancel and re-enrol to take advantage of the discount or offer.
- Single use vouchers may be offered as prizes, and the same terms apply as above.
Due to limitations or restrictions on funds available the College cannot guarantee that all requests for financial assistance can be met. For this reason, an appeals process or waiting list facility will not be offered.
Responsibility for the Fees and Remission Policy
The responsibility for review and update of this policy lies with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Monitoring and Review
The policy, supporting guidance and operational procedures will be reviewed regularly and updated as necessary and in accordance with any funding body guidance.