Financial Support

Find out about the different fee payment options available.

Fees are payable before your course starts

Students aged 16-18 studying a full time study programme at Wirral Met will have no fees to pay.

Programme fees are charged for the educational services and facilities provided in the delivery of a programme of study. Overseas students should note that they may be liable for overseas fees and should seek advice from our English Language Unit. Students studying Higher Education Qualifications should refer to the College’s Higher Education Payment Policy 2023/24.

Unless students are fully funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the Liverpool City Region or another agency they will be liable for fees. In most cases this is evidenced by student self-declaration, however, it may be necessary for some evidence to be provided in line with the funding bodies guidelines.

Payment Options

All students paying their own fees will be expected to pay in full if the course is 10 weeks or less, otherwise they will be required to make a £100 contribution to the enrolment fee at the time they enrol, or the full balance if this is less than £100. Please note that if no fees are payable on your course, you will not be expected to make a payment at enrolment. 

You can:

  • Pay total fee at enrolment 
  • Make an initial payment of £100, and then pay the balance within two weeks
  • Make an initial payment, and then pay the remaining balance by direct debit instalments.

Failure to meet a direct debit instalment will result in the full balance of fees becoming due immediately. 

Instalment payments are as follows:

Course Duration (weeks)Initial paymentNumber of instalments
1-10 Fees Payable in full at enrolment Fees Payable in full at enrolment
11-16 £100 3 instalments
17-23 £100 4 instalments
24 or more £100 6 instalments

Students whose fees are sponsored by employers, Student Loans Company, agents, local authorities or other organisations must provide written evidence of this at enrolment. The written evidence (e.g. letter or email) must contain contact details of who will pay the fees, and the address to which the invoice will be sent. In the absence of this evidence, the enrolling student will be liable for fees.

Non-payment of fees

Once your enrolment has been processed you are liable for any fees and payment will be expected. In the event that the college cancels your course, any monies paid will be refunded. The following sanctions may be applied to students who do not pay their fees:

  • Restricted access to college facilities e.g. college IT network or Learning Resource Centres
  • Future enrolment on Wirral Met College courses refused
  • Legal action to recover outstanding debt
  • Withdrawal from the course
  • Refused entry to exams

Once outstanding debts have been referred to our debt collection agency, an administration charge of 16% is applied and any right of appeal against the debt is forfeited.

Examination and registration fees:

If you do not attend an examination for which the College has paid examination/registration fees on your behalf, the College may invoice you for the cost of the examination.

Additional costs:

It may be necessary for you to pay for other costs e.g. overalls, protective clothing, specialist equipment or residential fees.

Fees Appeals

In the event that the College cancels a course, any monies paid by students will be refunded.

If students have mitigating circumstances for non-attendance which they feel warrant a refund, they should write to the Fees Appeals Unit at the address below. A reduction in fees will be considered, but it not guaranteed, by a panel of managers on a case by case basis. Refund requsts due to ill health must be supported by medicial evidence.

The Fee Appeals Unit, Wirral Met College, Wirral Waters Campus, Tower Road, Birkenhead, CH41 1AA

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