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Finances, Fees & Support

One of the many ways in which we help our students to be successful is by making sure that we provide support for meeting the costs of studying for those who need it. This page contains information about tuition fees, government loans, financial support and the ways we help make education accessible.

Jump to information for:
School Leavers
Degrees and Higher Education Students
Part-time and Professional Students

International Student? For students from outside the European Community, an overseas tuition fee applies.

Any questions? If you have any questions about the costs of studying and how we can help, please email bursary@farn-ct.ac.uk.

Choosing a School Leavers Course?

16-19 Vulnerable Bursary Fund

A bursary of up to £1,200 is available to students aged under 19 (as at 31st August 2020) and who meet one of the four criteria below who have a financial need.

  • In Care
  • Care leavers
  • Receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit in their own name, because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • Receiving Disability Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own name, as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own name.

If eligible for the bursary this fund can contribute to essential college costs such as travel to college by bus or train, uniform, course materials and trips. To qualify for travel funding, you must live at least 2.5 miles from your site of study Farnborough or Aldershot (using Google maps). Students must have an attendance of 85% of their classes and abide by the College rules and behaviour standards. You can apply for Free College Meals in addition to this bursary.

DEFINITION OF IN CARE

Children looked after by a local authority on a voluntary basis (section 20 of the Children Act 1989) or under a care order (section 31 of the Children Act 1989).

 DEFINITION OF CARE LEAVER

  • A young person aged 16 and 17 who were previously looked after for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods amounting to 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16; or
  • A young person aged 18 or above who was looked after prior to becoming 18 for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods of 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16.

Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

How do I apply for Financial Support?

We are now accepting applications for 2020/21.

To apply you will need to go to the Online Bursary Applications system here;

https://farn-ct.paymystudent.com

  • You cannot apply for Financial Support until you have applied/enrolled for a course and have a student number
  • You will need to have bank account details
  • You will need to upload your supporting evidence to complete this application

The entire application form is mobile compatible and uploading evidence can be much quicker using a mobile device’s camera or gallery (if you already have images of your evidence) so you may wish to apply using a mobile phone or tablet.

If you need help with the application process or are unable to complete this application process online then contact the Bursary team by email bursary@farn-ct.ac.uk

Due to demand, each bursary application takes between 14-21 days to process. Please note that all bursary allocations will be distributed once the students has enrolled and attended their first day with Farnborough College of Technology.

16-19 Discretionary Bursary Fund

A bursary of up to £1200 is available to students aged under 19 at the beginning of their course.

This fund is also available to students aged 19 or over with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and to students aged 19 or over and continuing a study programme which began when they were aged 16-18.

To be eligible for support you or your parents/guardians must be in receipt of one of the following benefits;

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (this is only eligible if you are not entitled to Working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7400 pa (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

This fund can contribute towards the costs of travel to college by bus or train, uniform, course materials and trips. To qualify for travel funding, you must live at least 2.5 miles from your site of study Farnborough or Aldershot (using Google maps). Students must have an attendance of 85% of their classes and abide by the College rules and behaviour standards.

Bursary funding is allocated based on individual needs and not all students who qualify for this bursary will receive the full funding. Please note that bursary funds are limited, and the College cannot guarantee that funds will be provided to every student who meets the basic eligibility criteria.

Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

How do I apply for Financial Support?

We are now accepting applications for 2020/21.

To apply you will need to go to the Online Bursary Applications system here;

https://farn-ct.paymystudent.com

  • You cannot apply for Financial Support until you have applied/enrolled for a course and have a student number
  • You will need to have bank account details
  • You will need to upload your supporting evidence to complete this application

The entire application form is mobile compatible and uploading evidence can be much quicker using a mobile device’s camera or gallery (if you already have images of your evidence) so you may wish to apply using a mobile phone or tablet.

If you need help with the application process or are unable to complete this application process online then contact the Bursary team by email bursary@farn-ct.ac.uk

Due to demand, each bursary application takes between 14-21 days to process. Please note that all bursary allocations will be distributed once the students has enrolled and attended their first day with Farnborough College of Technology.

Free College Meals

Free College Meals are only available to some students receiving a bursary.  College Meals allow students to collect a meal from the Refectory free of charge for each day they are in college.

There is a specific criteria that a student must meet in order to receive this. The student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 on 31st August 2020 to be eligible and their live-in parent/guardian, must be in receipt of one of the below benefits;

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (providing you/your parent are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400pa (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a free meal if they are continuing on a study programme, they began aged 16 to 18 (19+ continuers) or have an Education Health Care Plan.

 The following students are not eligible for free meals;

  • Students aged 19 or over at the start of their study programme, unless they have an EHCP or are a 19+ continuer
  • Apprentices, including those with an EHCP

You can apply for Free College Meals by applying for the bursary. You will be assessed for this, as well as travel and material costs.

How do I apply for Financial Support?

We are now accepting applications for 2020/21.

To apply you will need to go to the Online Bursary Applications system here;

https://farn-ct.paymystudent.com

  • You cannot apply for Financial Support until you have applied/enrolled for a course and have a student number
  • You will need to have bank account details
  • You will need to upload your supporting evidence to complete this application

The entire application form is mobile compatible and uploading evidence can be much quicker using a mobile device’s camera or gallery (if you already have images of your evidence) so you may wish to apply using a mobile phone or tablet.

If you need help with the application process or are unable to complete this application process online then contact the Bursary team by email bursary@farn-ct.ac.uk

Due to demand, each bursary application takes between 14-21 days to process. Please note that all bursary allocations will be distributed once the students has enrolled and attended their first day with Farnborough College of Technology.

Care to Learn

The Care to Learn scheme can help you with childcare costs while you study. You must be aged under 20 at the start of your course to apply. Care to Learn funding is administered by the Education Funding Agency and is monitored by the college. Payments are subject to good attendance.

You will need to provide Learner Services with a copy of your childcare provider’s Ofsted registration (unless you are using the college nursery) and a copy of the child’s birth certificate. Full details of the scheme and the application form are available at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.

For further information please call the Learner Services Team on 01252 407339, email support@farn-ct.ac.uk, or visit the Learner Services Office (based in E Block).

Tuition Fees

Under 19?

Full-time students, who are under the age of 19 on 1 September in the year their full-time Further Education programme starts don’t pay tuition fees. All the costs of tuition and examinations are paid for by the college from the money that it receives from the government

Over 19?

Tuition fees are payable for students aged 19 or over, however, there are some concessions. Please check with us before you apply as there may be help if you’re starting your first full Level 2 qualification or between the age of 19-23 and taking your first full Level 3 qualification.

If you have any questions about fees, please contact us on 01252 405555 or message us.

sQuid - Cashless Catering

What is cashless catering / sQuid?

  • sQuid is an online payment system that can be used to pay for food and drink in College.
  • Students (or their parents) and staff can add cash to their sQuid account via an online portal
  • Students use their College student card to make payments / Staff use their ID card

Benefits to students and staff

  • No need to carry cash
  • No more fiddling with change
  • It’s convenient – forget cash, forget change
  • It’s secure
  • Check your balance anytime
  • View all of your transactions online
  • Top up whenever you want

Benefits to parents

  • More convenient; no need to worry about sending cash or cheques
  • View your child’s transactions anywhere, at any time
  • Ensure money is being spent on healthy school meals
  • Auto top-up payments for peace of mind that your account will never run out of funds

Need help?

If you would like to set-up your sQuid account contact the Refectory refectory@farn-ct.ac.uk

Discretionary Bursary 19+

A bursary of up to £1,200 is available to Learners whose family income is below £25,000 per year or Learners over 19 whose families are in receipt of

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (this is only eligible if you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs)
  • Universal Credit with an annual gross income of no more than £7,400 p.a.

It should be noted that it may be necessary to obtain additional documentary evidence not listed in order to establish household income.

This bursary can contribute towards the costs of travel to college by bus or train, childcare, uniform, course materials and trips. Bursary funding is allocated based on individual needs and not all students who qualify for this bursary will receive the full £1,200. Please note that bursary funds are limited, and the College cannot guarantee that funds will be provided to every student who meets the basic eligibility criteria.

You may also be able to access funding for childcare costs if you are aged 20+ and have a household income of below £25,000 per annum. To qualify for childcare funding, you will need to be using an Ofsted registered childcare provider. The bursary can fund childcare for the hours that you are timetabled in college, term time only.

Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

How do I apply for Financial Support?

We are now accepting applications for 2020/21.

To apply you will need to go to the Online Bursary Applications system here;

https://farn-ct.paymystudent.com

  • You cannot apply for Financial Support until you have applied/enrolled for a course and have a student number
  • You will need to have bank account details
  • You will need to upload your supporting evidence to complete this application

The entire application form is mobile compatible and uploading evidence can be much quicker using a mobile device’s camera or gallery (if you already have images of your evidence) so you may wish to apply using a mobile phone or tablet.

If you need help with the application process or are unable to complete this application process online then contact the Bursary team by email bursary@farn-ct.ac.uk

Due to demand, each bursary application takes between 14-21 days to process. Please note that all bursary allocations will be distributed once the students has enrolled and attended their first day with Farnborough College of Technology.

Travel

Our students travel in easily from a wide surrounding area. All full-time students can buy season tickets for bus and rail travel at reduced prices.

Unirider Bus Pass

Full-time students are able to buy a 'Unirider' bus pass from Stagecaoch for less than standard season tickets. The ticket allows travel across Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire throughout the College year. For Farnborough students the total cost for the year is £430 (2019-20).

You can buy your Unirider Bus Pass online at www.stagecoachbus.com under 'Student Tickets'.

If your pass is funded by a bursary, a member of the Learner Services team will issue the pass and you can collect it from the Learner Services Office (based in E Block). If you have any questions about using your pass, you can contact the StagecoachSmart Card Helpline on 0345 810 1000.

South West Trains Academic Season Pass

South West Trains offer reduced ticket prices to all full-time students who purchase and Academic Season Pass through the College. These passes cost 15% less than you would pay for a full season ticket and are valid Monday-Friday during term time.

These passes must be purchased from the College and are issued on a termly basis. Pricing is based on a zonal system set out by South West Trains. If you are a student receiving a bursary your pass may be fully funded or you may have to contribute towards the cost depending on your location and funding requests.

You can buy your South West Trains Academic Season Pass online, from the 1st August 2018 through the College Store at http://estore.farn-ct.ac.uk/.

For further information, please call the Learner Services team on either 01252 407339 or 01252407313, or email support@farn-ct.ac.uk, or visit the Learner Services Office (based in E Block).

Students Living in Surrey

Surrey County Council issues Student Fare Cards offering travel on busses or trains at reduced rates for journeys to and from college for students living in Surrey. Student Fare Cards are delivered to the College and will be available for collection from the Learner Services Office (based in The Hub) once they have arrived. To apply, see the Surrey County Council website here.

Totum Card

All students are entitled to apply for a Totum card, this costs from as little as £14.99 and gives students the use of SU facilities across the country. Being a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) also gives you access to a range of discounts at well-known high street stores, visitor attractions and cinemas along with some ethically sourced products. You can now also purchase with age ID (all the great features of TOTUM with the bonus of PASS verified proof of age ID card) Membership is available for all students, whether part-time, full-time, on day release or short courses, over or under 18. To apply you need your enrolment certificate, a passport-size photo, photo ID and payment. Also, for any card purchased Totum give back to the College which goes towards Enrichment and Event activities at your College.

All Totum cards are delivered to the college, where you will be notified to collect from your Learner Services (located in E Block) Visit: www.totum.com to get yours today!

Choosing a Degree or Higher Education Course?

University Centre Farnborough Bursary

To find out more and apply for a bursary, please download and complete our application form here.

Tuition Fees

The current entry fees are:

  • Full time new entrants - £8,000 per annum and pro rata of £8,000 for part time according to the FTE
  • New entrants to designated work based programmes - £6,000 per annum and pro rata of £6,000 for part time according to the FTE (This is a special fee for the work based degrees that were designated as part time before 2014 and were re-designated as full time in September 2014)
  • HNC/D new entrants - £5,000 per annum and pro rata of £5,000 for part time according to the FTE

For overseas students starting in 2019/20, annual fees are:

  • HNC/Ds: £7,500
  • Foundation Degree: £8,000
  • Honours Degree: £9,250
  • Fast Track Degree: £12,000

Full and Part time continuing students will continue to pay the level of fees which pertained at the start of their programme

You do not have to pay tuition fees upfront if you are from England and studying for your first degree or other higher education qualification. Government loans are available from Student Finance England to cover your fees and help towards your living costs.

Student Finance

You do not have to pay tuition fees upfront if you are from England and studying for your first degree or other Higher Education qualification. Government loans are available from Student Finance England to cover your fees and help towards your living costs. Visit the Student Finance website for the most up-to-date information and how your own circumstances may affect what you receive.

If you are a full-time student going into higher education for the first time, you could be eligible for:

  • A loan to pay your tuition fees
  • A loan to help pay for your living costs
  • Extra help, such as scholarships and bursaries

Use the online student finance calculator to check how much you could be eligible for.

Part-Time Students

Part-time Higher Education students are eligible for a tuition fee loan. Studying part-time could give you flexibility over the way you study, boost your career prospects and allow you to learn while you earn. The online student finance calculator will give you an idea of what loans and support is available.

What you will need to pay back

Your loan repayments will be based on your income, not what you borrowed. You will only make repayments when your income is over £25,000 a year.

How your Loan Repayments could shape up

Subject to inflation and changes from the government - see government website for more.

Your income per year Monthly repayments
£25,725 and under £0
£27,500 £9
£30,000 £32

Applying for Student Finance

You can apply for student finance from the February before your degree is due to start. You should apply by May to get the money before the start of your course, but you can still apply after that. Applications are made online at the Student Finance website, where you can find full information on Student Finance and how to apply.

Exceptional Hardship Bursary

This fund is available for Higher Education students who have exhausted all other avenues of funding. The fund may be allocated as a bursary or as a loan depending on the level of financial need. For further information and to apply, download the application form here.

Adult Dependants’ Grant

Full-time students in higher education with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to £2,757.

For further information, please visit www.gov.uk/adult-dependants-grant/overview.

Disabled Students Allowance

Higher education students living in England can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance if they have a disability.

For further information, please visit www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview

Totum Card

All students are entitled to apply for a Totum card, this costs from as little as £14.99 and gives students the use of SU facilities across the country. Being a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) also gives you access to a range of discounts at well-known high street stores, visitor attractions and cinemas along with some ethically sourced products. You can now also purchase with age ID (all the great features of TOTUM with the bonus of PASS verified proof of age ID card) Membership is available for all students, whether part-time, full-time, on day release or short courses, over or under 18. To apply you need your enrolment certificate, a passport-size photo, photo ID and payment. Also, for any card purchased Totum give back to the College which goes towards Enrichment and Event activities at your College.

All Totum cards are delivered to the college, where you will be notified to collect from your Learner Services (located in E Block) Visit: www.totum.com to get yours today!

Travel

Our students travel in easily from a wide surrounding area. All full-time students can buy season tickets for bus and rail travel at reduced prices.

Unirider Bus Pass

Full-time students are able to buy a 'Unirider' bus pass from Stagecaoch for less than standard season tickets. The ticket allows travel across Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire throughout the College year. For Farnborough students the total cost for the year is £430 (2019-20).

You can buy your Unirider Bus Pass online at www.stagecoachbus.com under 'Student Tickets'.

If your pass is funded by a bursary, a member of the Learner Services team will issue the pass and you can collect it from the Learner Services Office (based in E Block). If you have any questions about using your pass, you can contact the StagecoachSmart Card Helpline on 0345 810 1000.

South West Trains Academic Season Pass

South West Trains offer reduced ticket prices to all full-time students who purchase and Academic Season Pass through the College. These passes cost 15% less than you would pay for a full season ticket and are valid Monday-Friday during term time.

These passes must be purchased from the College and are issued on a termly basis. Pricing is based on a zonal system set out by South West Trains. If you are a student receiving a bursary your pass may be fully funded or you may have to contribute towards the cost depending on your location and funding requests.

You can buy your South West Trains Academic Season Pass online, from the 1st August 2018 through the College Store at http://estore.farn-ct.ac.uk/.

For further information, please call the Learner Services team on either 01252 407339 or 01252407313, or email support@farn-ct.ac.uk, or visit the Learner Services Office (based in E Block).

Students Living in Surrey

Surrey County Council issues Student Fare Cards offering travel on busses or trains at reduced rates for journeys to and from college for students living in Surrey. Student Fare Cards are delivered to the College and will be available for collection from the Learner Services Office (based in E Block) once they have arrived. To apply, see the Surrey County Council website here.

Choosing a Part-time or Professional Course?

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a course at Level 3 to level 6, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government which can cover the costs of your tuition fees.

Getting the loan doesn't depend on your household income and there is no credit check. You’ll only repay your student loan when your income is over the threshold amount for your repayment plan.

You can find out more about using a loan, check your eligibility and apply online at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

If you hold an approved Advanced Learner Loan you may be eligible for a small contribution towards your college costs, including childcare. You will qualify if your household income is below £25,000 per annum.

Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

Applications for student finance is currently under review.

PayMyStudent our online application, is a new way to apply for student finance. This will available for all new and existing students from August 2020. Please check the website for updates regularly, it will also advise you when the application is open so that you can apply for 2020/21.

If you require more information, email at bursary@farn-ct.ac.uk

Discretionary Bursary 19+

A bursary of up to £1,200 is available to Learners whose family income is below £25,000 per year or Learners over 19 whose families are in receipt of

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (this is only eligible if you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs)
  • Universal Credit with an annual gross income of no more than £7,400 p.a.

It should be noted that it may be necessary to obtain additional documentary evidence not listed in order to establish household income.

This bursary can contribute towards the costs of travel to college by bus or train, childcare, uniform, course materials and trips. Bursary funding is allocated based on individual needs and not all students who qualify for this bursary will receive the full £1,200. Please note that bursary funds are limited, and the College cannot guarantee that funds will be provided to every student who meets the basic eligibility criteria.

You may also be able to access funding for childcare costs if you are aged 20+ and have a household income of below £25,000 per annum. To qualify for childcare funding, you will need to be using an Ofsted registered childcare provider. The bursary can fund childcare for the hours that you are timetabled in college, term time only.

Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

How do I apply for Financial Support?

We are now accepting applications for 2020/21.

To apply you will need to go to the Online Bursary Applications system here;

https://farn-ct.paymystudent.com

  • You cannot apply for Financial Support until you have applied/enrolled for a course and have a student number
  • You will need to have bank account details
  • You will need to upload your supporting evidence to complete this application

The entire application form is mobile compatible and uploading evidence can be much quicker using a mobile device’s camera or gallery (if you already have images of your evidence) so you may wish to apply using a mobile phone or tablet.

If you need help with the application process or are unable to complete this application process online then contact the Bursary team by email bursary@farn-ct.ac.uk

Due to demand, each bursary application takes between 14-21 days to process. Please note that all bursary allocations will be distributed once the students has enrolled and attended their first day with Farnborough College of Technology.

Totum Card

All students are entitled to apply for a Totum card, this costs from as little as £14.99 and gives students the use of SU facilities across the country. Being a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) also gives you access to a range of discounts at well-known high street stores, visitor attractions and cinemas along with some ethically sourced products. You can now also purchase with age ID (all the great features of TOTUM with the bonus of PASS verified proof of age ID card) Membership is available for all students, whether part-time, full-time, on day release or short courses, over or under 18. To apply you need your enrolment certificate, a passport-size photo, photo ID and payment. Also, for any card purchased Totum give back to the College which goes towards Enrichment and Event activities at your College.

All Totum cards are delivered to the college, where you will be notified to collect from your Learner Services (located in E Block) Visit: www.totum.com to get yours today!

Paying by Instalments

Criteria for Paying Further Education Courses by 3 Instalments

  • Course cost = minimum of £200
  • Course duration = minimum of 25 weeks
  • Surcharge = 10% of tuition fee (up to a maximum of £100)

1st PaymentMUST be paid at enrolment and includes:

  • 10% tuition fee surcharge +
  • 34% of tuition fees +
  • all exam/additional fees

2nd & 3rd Payments

  • 33% of tuition fees - due 1st November
  • 33% of tuition fees - due 1st March

Payment Options:

  • Credit/Debit Card via WPM Online Payment System – Preferred method – Finance Team to contact student to set up payments
  • Cash

Withdrawals and Refunds

The successful provision of courses depends upon the fees students pay.  Courses can only be started if the income for the course is sufficient to cover all the costs involved.

Therefore, full payment of the tuition fees becomes the responsibility of the student on commencement of their course.

Fees will only be cancelled or refunded in the following circumstances:

Your course is cancelled before it starts or is closed by the College and no suitable alternative is available.

  1. You suffer a serious illness; refunds may be made on a pro-rata basis on the production of a medical certificate.  (please note examination and registration fees can only be refunded provided your registration has not been completed with the awarding body)
  2. You withdraw before the start date of your course; however there will be an administration fee of £30 charged.

If you withdraw from your course for any reason other than those stated above, any outstanding fees will be collected by the College.