Introduction

LCBT holds contracts with the Educational & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) which was create by bringing together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) under a single agency accountable for the funding of education and skills for choldren, young people and adults. The ESFA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Education. Funding criteria is set by the ESFA and is based on your age and personal circumstances.

16-18 Study Programmes

If you are under 19 as of the 31st of August of the academic year you wish enrol in there will be no course fee. You will not be required to pay any tuition, examination or registration fees. There is however an additional resource fee to the college for any kit which will be yours to keep. The resource fee will be stated by the course information on the website and you will be informed regarding during your interview.

LCBT operates a Learner Support Fund which can help students whose financial circumstances make it difficult for them to meet the costs associated with study. For more information, please visit our student support information at https://www.lcbt.co.uk/about-us/student-support/

19+

From August 2016 if you are aged 19 years or over and want to take a Level 3 qualification, unless you wish to pay the full cost or are entitled to certain government funding criteria, you will have to take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.  For more information about this, please click here or here

Over 19 years of age – Fully Funded

If you are aged 19 years or over and registered unemployed and in receipt of certain benefits, you may not be required to pay tuition or exam fees.

You may also be eligible for full funding if you are 19 – 23 and meet the following criteria:

If you do not already have a full Level 2 qualification (e.g. five GCSEs at A*- C, NVQ Level 2 or Level 2 diploma)

If you do not already have a full Level 3 qualification (e.g. two A-levels or a Level 3 qualification), you may qualify for full funding for a Level 3 Diploma

There may be an additional resource fee to the college for any kit needed for your course which will be yours to keep. The resource fee will be stated by the course information on the website and you will be informed regarding during your interview.

LCBT operates a Learner Support Fund which can help students whose financial circumstances make it difficult for them to meet the costs associated with study. For more information, please visit our student support information at https://www.lcbt.co.uk/about-us/student-support/

Over 19 years of age – Part Funded

If you are over 19 but not registered unemployed and in receipt of certain benefits, you may be required to pay a contribution towards your tuition fees, uniform and exam fees.

Age 19+ Level 3 courses and above

If you are over 19 and the course you are enrolling on is at Level 3 or higher, you can either pay for the course directly or apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to pay for the course.

19+ Advanced Learner Loans

You can apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to help pay for your course tuition fee. To be eligible, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Aged 19 or over at the start of the academic year in which you apply
  • A UK resident
  • Have not applied for more than 4 advanced learner loans

The Government works with the Student Loans Company to provide advice and process the application. You will only start to repay your loan when you are employed and earning more than £21,000 a year; repayments will be at 9% of your earnings above £21,000 per year. The loans can only be used to pay for tuition fees. More details can also be found at the following website: www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.

Apprenticeships

Current apprenticeship frameworks and standards are fully government funded for those aged under 19 undertaking an apprenticeship with an employer that has less than 50 employees within the company. For many 19 or over there will also be funding available through the apprenticeship levy with employers with an annual wage cost over £3Million and funding arrangements for smaller employers to cover the cost of your chosen apprenticeship programme. Please contact the LCBT Apprenticeship Team for more details at either apprenticeships@lcbt.co.uk or call 0207 208 1300.

Overseas Students

International Students outside of the EEA do not qualify for concessionary or non-concessionary fees and will be required to pay the full cost of tuition fees. Evidence of your legality to study in the UK will be required. LCBT is unable to provide any assistance with visa application processes and reserves the right to refuse enrolment on to the course.

Refunds

Course related fees and booking deposits can only be refunded in full if a course is cancelled by the college. Deposits for tuition fees, kits or examinations cannot be refunded in the case of illness, personal problems, relocation, change of work, lack of visa or any other reason that may mean you have to cancel or leave your course.