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The fees for courses vary according to the source of government funding. The following is a brief guide to where you can find out more information.

Don’t forget, you can call 0151 551 7777 for further information about the funding available. Please note, our Student Services team are not financial advisers and cannot advise you about your individual financial circumstances.

Degrees, Foundation Degrees, HNC, HND, Certificate in Education or PGCE programmes

You can apply for a student loan before you have a confirmed college or university place. To get your student finance in place for the start of term, you will need to apply by the Spring before you are due to start.

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by July/September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit for more information.

Full-time students

The main sources of student funding for degrees, foundation degrees, HND and PGCE programmes are:

  • Tuition Fee Loan
  • Maintenance Loan

Most students will be able to take out a Tuition Fee Loan for the full cost of their course; these loans are repayable after you leave your course and you start earning at least £25,000 per annum.  The Tuition Fee Loan is a non-income assessed loan which covers College tuition fees and is paid direct to the College by the Student Loans Company.

The Government offers Maintenance loans (for living expenses) to eligible students. These loans are repayable after you leave your course and you start earning at least £25,000.  Maintenance loans are used for day-to-day living costs, such as accommodation costs/rent, food and travel.  They are usually paid by the Student Loans Company in three instalments, directly into your bank account.

Visit for details of how to apply for student loans.
For information the 2018/19 Student Finance package click here.

Part-time students

Most part-time students will be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for their course fees, subject to the programme being at least 25% equivalent of a full-time programme. This means that you will need to complete your programme in no more than four times the amount of time it would take you to complete if you were studying full-time.

The maximum annual Tuition Fee Loan that is available to part-time students is £6,935 and is repayable when you leave your course and start earning at least £25,000 per annum.

Visit for details of how to apply for student loans.

Previous study

You won’t normally be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan if you already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you intend to study for.

For further details about Student Finance, visit

Student Bursaries for Degree programmes

Students studying on a full-time degree programme can access bursaries:

  • Support Bursary - £500 per annum for students with a household income below £25,000.
  • Access and Progression Bursary - £500 per annum for students with a household income between £25,001 and £42,600 and who have studied at Wirral Met College in the previous two years.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is available to help with extra costs you may have in relation to your course as a direct result of a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. The level of any DSA award will depend on an individual needs assessment – Click here to visit the Student Loans Company website for more details. 

Additional Costs

Programme fees at Wirral Met College include tuition and examination fees unless otherwise stated.  There may be additional costs associated with your programme which may include field trips, DBS check, books, educational stationery and other items; for details of possible additional costs including printing and reprographics, download the HE Additional Costs leaflet.

Did you know Wirral Met has a Higher Education Access and Participation Plan?

From academic year 2019-20, access and participation plans replace access agreements approved by the Director for Fair Access to Higher Education as published by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Now approved by the Office for Students, access and participation plans set out how higher education providers will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education.

They include:

  • the provider’s ambition for change
  • what it plans to do to achieve that change
  • the targets it has set
  • the investment it will make to deliver the plan.

Click here for details of our 2018-19 Access Agreement.

Our Access and Participation Plan for 2019-20 can be found here.

Financial help for Access to HE & professional development programmes

Advanced Learner Loans give students aged 19+ in further education, studying eligible level 3-6 courses, access to financial support for tuition costs from the Student Loans Company.  Loan repayments apply once you have completed your course and earn over £25,000.

It's easy to apply, your household income isn't taken into account and there are no credit checks.

Here are some of the key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £25,000 a year (which is £480 a week or £2,083 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.

For further information, contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or visit .

If you are being sponsored by your employer, you must provide written evidence of this at enrolment.  If you are self-funding and have to pay your own fees, you can pay the full amount at enrolment, or you can pay £80 deposit at enrolment, then pay the remaining balance by 6 x monthly instalments.

Are you studying on an Access to Higher Education programme at Wirral Met College?

If you successfully complete your Access to Higher Education programme at Wirral Met College and subsequently progress on to and successfully complete a HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree course, your Advanced Learner Loan fees on the Access programme will be waived. You will still have to pay for the HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree course fees.

What Could My Repayments Be?

With the Advanced Learner Loan, repayments are linked to what you earn, not what you borrow. This tool will help you find out what your repayments would be based on what you expect to earn when you’ve finished your course.

Find Out More Using The Repayment Calendar

Quick Guide On Repayments

Quick Guide On How To Apply

Don't Forget! You can seek impartial money advice from The Money Advice Service.

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