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Financial Support

Find out how much your course will cost and how to finance your studies.                          

Further Education

Tuition for courses funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is free for:

  • Those aged 19+ who are claiming certain benefits
  • Those aged 19+ who are working and earning less than £17,550.00 per year or £9.00/hour
  • Those aged 19+ studying their first full level 2 course
  • Those aged 19-23 studying their first full level 3 course
  • Those studying English or maths up to Level 2

If you do pay fees, you may be entitled to financial help from College support funds* towards:

  • Travel costs
  • Childcare
  • Residential fees
  • Equipment required for your course

*19+ Learner Support Fund, 20+ Childcare Support Fund, Advanced Learner Loan
Bursary Fund: conditions apply.

Advanced Learner Loans

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.

Currently, if the loan is for an Access to Higher Education course and you subsequently go on to complete a higher education course, you won’t have to pay back your Advanced Learner Loan.

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. For more information, visit: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Before applying, you will need to check the course you are applying for is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

You will receive a Learning and Funding Information letter from the College when you are offered a place on the course.

Course fees at Wirral Met College include tuition and examination fees, unless otherwise stated.

Are you an overseas student?

Please contact our International Office for information on fees – call 0151 551 7777.

Funding for students aged 16-18 is provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The ESFA is also a co-financing organisation and uses European Social Funds from the European Union to finance some learning activities. For students aged 19+, funding is provided by the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Combined Authority’s (CA) Adult Education Budget. This table does not apply to Higher Education students studying courses funded by the Office for Students (OFS) or courses designated as full cost.

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Please note that further education fees will be waived if you fall into one of the following categories:

Age CriteriaQualification LevelAdditional CriteraEvidence Required
Aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31/08/19 for 19/20 courses or aged 18 on 31/08/2018 for continuing 18/19 courses Any ESFA funded course None Accepted proof of identity and signed self- declaration
Aged 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23 at the start of your course Entry level, level 1 or full level 2* Have not already achieved a full level 2 qualification or above Accepted proof of identity and signed self- declaration
Aged 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23 at the start of your course Entry level 1, level 1 or any level 2* Have already achieved a full level 2 or above qualification and:
  • unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits*
or
  • earning less than £17,550 annual gross salary
Accepted proof of identity and:
  • signed self-declaration
  • wage slip dated in the last 3 months
Aged 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23 at the start of your course Full level 3 or 4* Have not already achieved a full level 3 qualification Accepted proof of identity and signed self-declaration
Aged 24 or over Entry level 1, level 1 or any level 2* Unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits* or earning less than £17,550 annual gross salary Accepted proof of identity and:
  • signed self-declaration
  • wage slip dated in the last 3 months
Aged 19 or over English and / or maths up to level 2 (GCSE or Functional Skills)* Have not already achieved A* - C (or grade 4 and above) at GCSE Accepted proof of identity and signed self- declaration
Aged 19 or over ESOL qualification up to and including level 2* Unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits* or earning less than £17,550 annual gross salary Accepted proof of identity and:
  • signed self-declaration
  • wage slip dated in the last 3 months

*Funded by the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Combined Authority’s (CA) Adult Education Budget.

For further information about your tuition fees and the available discount and bursaries available, call Student Services on 0151 551 7777.

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