If you have genuine financial difficulties that would prevent you from enrolling, you need to complete a Discretionary Learner Support Fund form. This form is available from any Adult Learning Centre or by phoning 01296 382403. Once submitted, we will review the information and let you know if we are able to provide some financial support. Please note, even if you pay reduced fees, additional costs such as registration fees, and/or materials may still be payable.
Certain courses are free of charge if you meet certain eligibility requirements. However, if you have not completed a paper enrolment form, we need you to sign a form to confirm this. Our accredited course codes end in the letter ‘F’.
We need to be sure that our funds are used to support those who need financial help, but we also want to keep the process as simple as possible. Where the financial help you need does not exceed £250, we only require proof of benefit and a signed statement. Where greater support is needed, we will need to collect additional information and evidence of household income. To be eligible, learners must at the time of enrolment have been a resident in the UK or EU for the past three years, or they must be ordinarily resident and be a partner of someone who meets these rules.
For students aged 16 – 18 in full-time education, their area of study must be different to that of their full-time course. They also need to have signed authorisation from their school or college in confirmation and to signify approval.
Please note: details are subject to change in response to Government guidance. Non-UK or EU learners will be charged £10.90 per hour overseas rate.