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 contact us.

Choosing a School Leavers Course?

Guaranteed Bursary

A bursary of up to £1,200 is available to students aged under 19 at the beginning of their course in one of four Government-defined vulnerable groups, which includes:

  • Young people who are in care (including Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers)
  • Care leavers
  • Students in receipt of Income Support in their own name (or Universal Credit in place of Income Support)
  • Disabled students who receive both Employment and Support Allowance (or Universal Credit in place of ESA) and either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment

This bursary can contribute towards the costs of travel to college by bus or train, uniform, course materials and trips. Students who qualify for this bursary will receive the full £1200 unless studying on a part time course. You can apply for Free College Meals in addition to this bursary. Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

How to Apply

To apply for a Bursary or for Free College Meals please fill in the 2017-18 Bursary Application Form  and return this to Student Services via email at support@farn-ct.ac.uk or to this address:

Student Services
Farnborough College of Technology
Boundary Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 6SB

If you require more information, please call Students Services on 01252 407394, or email support@farn-ct.ac.uk.

16-19 Bursary

A bursary of up to £1,000 is available to students aged under 19 at the beginning of their course who receive or whose parent/guardian receives one or more of the following benefits:

  • 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
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Reduction (other than single occupancy)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

This bursary 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.

Bursary funding is allocated based on individual needs and not all students who qualify for this bursary will receive the full £1,000. 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 can apply for Free College Meals in addition to this bursary. Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

How to Apply

To apply for a Bursary or for Free College Meals please fill in the 2017-18 Bursary Application Form and return this to Student Services via email at support@farn-ct.ac.uk or to this address:

Student Services
Farnborough College of Technology
Boundary Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 6SB

If you require more information, please call Students Services on 01252 407394, or email support@farn-ct.ac.uk.

Free College Meals

Free College Meals are available to students aged under 19 at the beginning of their course who receive or whose parent/guardian receives one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance (ESA)
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided 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)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Students who received Free Meals at school are likely to qualify for Free College Meals. You can apply for Free College Meals in addition to the Guaranteed Bursary Scheme or the 16-19 Bursary Scheme.

Students aged 19 or over who are continuing on a course that they began aged 16-18 and students aged 19 or over who have an Education, Health and Care Plan can also apply for the Free College Meals Scheme. Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for the Free College Meals Scheme.

How to Apply

To apply for a Bursary or for Free College Meals please fill in the 2017-18 Bursary Application Form and return this to Student Services via email at support@farn-ct.ac.uk or to this address:

Student Services
Farnborough College of Technology
Boundary Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 6SB

If you require more information, please call Students Services on 01252 407394, or email support@farn-ct.ac.uk.

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 Student 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 Student Services on 01252 407394, email support@farn-ct.ac.uk, or visit the Student Services Office.

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.


19+ Bursary

A bursary of up to £1,000 is available to students aged 19 or over at the beginning of their course who receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • 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
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Reduction (other than single occupancy)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

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 £1,000. 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.

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 aged 19 or over who are continuing on a course that they began aged 16-18 and students aged 19 or over who have an Education, Health and Care Plan should apply for the 16-19 Bursary Scheme. Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

How to Apply

To apply for a Bursary or for Free College Meals please fill in the 2017-18 Bursary Application Form and return this to Student Services via email at support@farn-ct.ac.uk or to this address:

Student Services
Farnborough College of Technology
Boundary Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 6SB

If you require more information, please call Students Services on 01252 407394, or email support@farn-ct.ac.uk.


NUS Extra Card

All students are entitled to apply for an NUS card, this costs £12 and gives students the use of SU facilities across the country. Being a member of the National Union of Students also gives you access to a range of discounts at well-known high street stores, visitor attractions and cinemas. 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 £12 visit: www.nus.org.uk


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 £390 (2017-18).

You can buy your Unirider Bus Pass online at www.stagecoachbus.com from 21 August 2017.

If your pass is funded by a bursary, a member of student services will issue the pass and you can collect it from the Student Services Office.

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 through the College Store at http://estore.farn-ct.ac.uk/.

For further information, please call Student Services on 01252 407394, email support@farn-ct.ac.uk, or visit the Student Services Office.

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 Student Services Office once they have arrived. To apply, see the Surrey County Council website here.


Choosing a Degree or Higher Education Course?

University Centre Farnborough Bursary

University Centre Farnborough makes available a capped number of £2,000 bursaries to new eligible Full Time and Part Time undergraduate entrants in their first year.

Eligibility is determined by the size of Maintenance Loan awarded to the student by Student Finance England and then in order of receipt date.

Students having their tuition fees paid by an employer or sponsor will not be eligible for a bursary.

Some students may continue to receive a bursary in subsequent years of their course dependant on the available funds and the student being in receipt of a maximum Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England.

Payments are made at the end of each term direct to the student’s bank account subject to a satisfactory report from the students programme tutor confirming attendance and engagement with the course. The student must also be up to date with any agreed payment plan between the student and the University Centre.

How to Apply

To apply for financial support, you need to contact our Finance Team as soon as possible before starting. Please fill in the Higher Education Application Form 2017-18 and return to:

Finance Office
Farnborough College of Technology
Boundary Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 6SB

If you require more information, please call our Reception Team on 01252 405555 who will put you through to the Finance Office.

Tuition Fees

The fees for entry in September 2016 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
  • Overseas new entrants - £8,000 per annum and pro rata of £8,000 for part time according to the FTE
  • 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 £21,000 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
£21,000 and under £0
£25,000 £30
£30,000 £67

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.

Access to Learning Support Fund

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, please call Student Services on 01252 407394, email support@farn-ct.ac.uk, or visit the Student Services Office.

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


NUS Extra Card

All students are entitled to apply for an NUS card, this costs £12 and gives students the use of SU facilities across the country. Being a member of the National Union of Students also gives you access to a range of discounts at well-known high street stores, visitor attractions and cinemas. 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 £12 visit: www.nus.org.uk


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 £390 (2017-18).

You can buy your Unirider Bus Pass online at www.stagecoachbus.com from 21 August 2017.

If your pass is funded by a bursary, a member of student services will issue the pass and you can collect it from the Student Services Office.

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 through the College Store at http://estore.farn-ct.ac.uk/.

For further information, please call Student Services on 01252 407394, email support@farn-ct.ac.uk, or visit the Student Services Office.

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 Student Services Office 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 won't have to pay anything back until you're earning over £21,000 a year. Once you earn over this amount you pay back 9% of the earning you receive above this figure.

Visit our Advanced Learner Loan page for full details.

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


19+ Bursary

A bursary of up to £1,000 is available to students aged 19 or over at the beginning of their course who receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • 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
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Reduction (other than single occupancy)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

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 £1,000. 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.

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 aged 19 or over who are continuing on a course that they began aged 16-18 and students aged 19 or over who have an Education, Health and Care Plan should apply for the 16-19 Bursary Scheme. Students on Apprenticeships and Higher Education Courses cannot apply for this bursary.

How to Apply

To apply for a Bursary or for Free College Meals please fill in the 2017-18 Bursary Application Form and return this to Student Services via email at support@farn-ct.ac.uk or to this address:

Student Services
Farnborough College of Technology
Boundary Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 6SB

If you require more information, please call Students Services on 01252 407394, or email support@farn-ct.ac.uk.


NUS Extra Card

All students are entitled to apply for an NUS card, this costs £12 and gives students the use of SU facilities across the country. Being a member of the National Union of Students also gives you access to a range of discounts at well-known high street stores, visitor attractions and cinemas. 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 £12 visit: www.nus.org.uk