Fees, Loans and Bursaries
From assistance with bursary funds, childcare, to college transport and student loans.
Boston College aims to provide you with the best advice and guidance on financial support whatever your situation, all designed to support you throughout your studies.
For those students aged between 16-18 on the 31st August of the year they start their course, they will not have to pay any course tuition fees on full time courses.
For those students aged 19 on the 31st August of the year they start their course, fees will vary, but some concessions may be available depending on their circumstances.
College Bursary Fund
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and allows the College to help those students who are living on low incomes or experience financial difficulties. For those aged between 16-19 on the 31st August 2018, over 19 and have an EHCP, or over 19 and classed as a 19+ returner may qualify for help with transport, course materials, uniform, food credit and trips.
Boston College course fees vary for those students aged 19 and over, depending on current financial circumstances, previous qualifications and the chosen course to study.
Advanced Learner Loans
Those students studying a course at Level 3 or above may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan, which will help towards course fees. Similar to a student loan, no repayments will be made until they are earning £25,000 a year. Household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Eligibility depends on the chosen course, nationality and age.
Useful contact > gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan
19+ Learner Support Fund
The EFA provides the College with funds to help those adult learners who are living on low incomes or experience financial difficulties. The fund can be used to help with transport, food credit, and tuition fees (exceptional circumstances).
Loan Bursary Fund
The Loan Bursary Fund is aimed at helping those learners who are funding their learning with an Advanced Learning Loan only. The fund can be used to help with childcare, transport, food credit and if not covered by the Advanced Learner Loan, course materials, uniform and trips.
Adult Education Budget
The Adult Education Budget is enabling more eligible adult to access FULL funding for courses up to Level 2 to break down the barriers between learning and unaffordable course fees:
You may qualify for FREE courses by meeting the following:
- Be aged 19 or older on the first day of the course
- Be either unemployed or earning less than £15,736.60 (annual gross salary) a year and on the assumption of a 37.5 hour contract
Finance Support for Childcare
Those students aged 20 and over who are parents can also apply for financial support for childcare in addition to the main 19+ Loan bursary application. The support can be used towards any childcare provider which is Ofsted registered.
For those students under 20 years old, you may qualify for support from Care to Learn. Please see the section below for more information on Care to Learn.
Choosing to study a University Level course at Boston College can be considerably cheaper than going to university.
By studying a University Level course at Boston College, students are entitled to apply for a Student Loan through Student Finance England. The amount of the loan will depend on individual circumstances, and repayments will only start once you earn over £25,000 per year*
Useful contact > gov.uk/studentfinance
There is also an array of additional financial support available including:
- Maintenance Loans
- Disabled Students' Allowance
- Adult Dependants' Grant
- Parents' Learning Allowance
- Childcare Grant
*Providing eligibility criteria are met - contact Student Finance England on 0845 300 50 90 for more details.
Care to Learn
If you are a parent aged under 20 and want to start or return to learning, Care to Learn may be able to pay for your childcare.
Useful contact - 0845 600 2809 or gov.uk/caretolearn
Travelling to College
Boston College offer FREE transport to help with the cost of travelling to College.
For more information and to find out if you qualify for free transport, please visit the 'Travelling to College' page.
Biometrics Cashless System
Boston College operates a biometric recognition system.
This allows the College to make the best use of systems such as cashless catering, which offers the benefit of increased security for handling cash transactions in the College.
Please note, that if you are under 18, parental permission is required.
- If you wish to pay your fees by direct debit you will need to complete the Direct Debit Mandate in conjunction with the Direct Debit Policy.
- If your employer has agreed to pay your fees then you will need to fill in the 'Employer Agreement Form'.
- If you are studying an Adult Bite-size course, please refer to our Community Learning Fees Policy to find full information on concessions available and how to receive a refund.
- Should you require a refund for your course, you will need to use the ‘Refund Request Form’ in conjunction with the ‘Refund Request Policy’.
- To help you identify if you are required to pay fees for your course, please refer to our Tuition Fees Policy 2018-19
Need Some More Advice?
If you need any additional information or if you have any further questions regarding the College's financial assistance, you can ask to speak to the Student Finance Officer by either visiting the Learner Services Team within Rochford's Main Reception or by calling 01205 313218.