Fees and Financial Help
Below you will find information on course fees and financial help.
The amount of course fees payable depends on individual circumstances and the course you wish to enrol on. Please note that all of the below is subject to change due to factors beyond our control. Please click the relevant section below to find out more about courses fees:
If you are aged 16-18, your course is fully funded by the government. However, all learners are required to pay a college resource fee, which is a contribution towards some of the additional services and facilities provides to students, including printing, ID cards, online storage, Microsoft applications etc. In addition to this some courses have an additional material fee (between £20 and £100 depending on your course) to cover the cost of materials and consumables specific to those courses. For more information about the resource/material fee, please see our fee calculator.
The college operates a financial support scheme which can help students whose financial circumstances make it difficult for them to meet the costs associated with study – you can find out more below.
There are two fee rates for students aged 19 and above for students not studying a level 3 qualification:
- Full fee: £940 + additional material fee (dependent on course)
- Fully discounted fee: £0
The additional material fee (if any), can be found through our fee calculator.
If your household income is below £25,000 per annum, you may be entitled to a significant reduction in course fees through our financial support scheme - please click here for more information.
If you are due to pay fees for your course but have been awarded financial support, the college will fund £420, and the additional material fee listed above, towards your full course fee. This amount will be waived during enrolment which will leave you with the remainder to pay.
You may be entitled to a full fee discount if you are in one of the following categories:
- You are unemployed, need skills to get a job and receive one of the following income-based benefits*: Income Support; Housing or Council Tax Benefit; Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit); Contribution based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) support group*Some income-based benefits may be affected by studying a course. You should check with your benefits advisor before enrolling on the course to ensure studying does not impact on your eligibility to receive that benefit. Please note that students on ESOL courses will not be entitled to this waiver.
- You are unemployed, in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (work-related activity group) Studying may affect your benefits. You will need to get approval from your Jobcentre Plus benefits advisor to enable you to retain your benefits whilst studying.
- You are employed with a sole income of less than £16,009.50. You will need to provide proof of your income at enrolment (e.g. P60, last 3 months’ payslips, contract of employment) to confirm that you are eligible for this waiver.
- You are aged 19-23 and do not already have a full level 2 qualification (or above)**: If your course is at entry level, level 1 or leads to a full level 2 qualification (except for ESOL level 2 qualifications) and you do not already have a full level 2 qualification (or above) then you will not have to pay a course fee. To get this discount you will be asked to complete and sign a declaration form at enrolment confirming that you do not already have these qualifications. Examples of full level 2 qualifications are 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, BTEC First Diplomas and NVQs at level 2. Please note that students on ESOL courses will not be entitled to this waiver.
** Please note that, due to government funding regulations, there are some level 2 courses which are not eligible for this waiver. If this affects the course you have applied for, we will be contacting you prior to the start of the course.
Fees vary for learners aged 19 and above studying a level 3 (or higher) course.
If you are aged 19-23
If you do not already have a full level 3 (or higher) qualification then you will not have to pay a course fee*.
If you already have a full level 3 (or higher) qualification, you will have course fees to pay. To make studying a level 3 course as accessible as possible, you may be eligible for the government’s Advanced Learner Loan, which will cover the course fees.
CWA have produced a Learner and Funding Information letter which includes information on how to apply for the Advanced Learning Loan; to request a copy, please click here. If you would like to pay the full course fee directly (i.e. not use the Advanced Learning Loan), please contact student services to request the price. Please note that if you decide to pay the course fee directly, you will not be eligible to access the college's financial support fund.
Examples of a full level 3 qualification include 2 A-levels, BTEC Nationals and NVQ at level 3.
If you are aged 24 and above
Learners aged 24 and above studying a level 3 (or above) course will need to pay the full course fee. To make studying a level 3 course as accessible as possible, you may be eligible for the government’s Advanced Learner Loan, which will cover the course fees.
Please note that all uniform, kit and equipment which is deemed as essential for you to complete your course will be provided to you by the faculty team if you are studying a level 3 course and you are aged 19 or above.
*Due to government funding regulations, this does not apply to learners studying level 3 courses in dog grooming, public services, music, sport science, forensic science, counselling or teaching assistants. Learners studying these courses will need to pay the full course fee; however, they may be eligible for the government’s Advanced Learner Loan, which will cover the course fees. CWA have produced a Learner and Funding Information letter which includes information on how to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan; to request a copy, please click here.
Fees for our part-time courses vary, depending on the level of qualification they offer. Our recreational evening courses, most of which do not offer a formal qualification, have the associated fees listed on the course page.
You can find all of our part-time course fees here.
Fees up to £150 are payable on enrolment. Fees over £150 can be paid in 3 equal monthly instalments, with the first instalment payable at enrolment. Course fees over £1,200 can be paid in 3 equal termly instalments with the first instalment payable at enrolment.
If you require any further information on course fees or payment terms, please contact Student Services on 01553 815 271.
The college operates a financial support scheme which can help students whose financial circumstances make it difficult for them to meet the costs associated with study. If eligible, you could receive help with costs such as course fees, materials, kit and equipment, transport, childcare and accommodation. Free meals on the days you are at college are also available for eligible students. All awards are based on your financial needs and consider the amount of funds available.
Funding varies depending on your age, the course you are studying and household income. Please click the relevant section below for more information.
If you are under 19 when you start (or started, if your course is 2 years or more) your course and your household income is below £25,000 per annual year, you are likely to be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund which will provide a contribution towards:
- Your resource and material fee for the course
- Transport – whether you’d prefer a contribution towards petrol or a bus/train pass
- Uniform, kit and equipment considered essential for you to complete your course
- Compulsory trips
Free Meals Fund
You are likely to be eligible for a free meal during the days you attend college if you/your family receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-related Jobseekers’ Allowance or Employment Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provide you/they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income below £16,190)
A free meal will be added to your ID card each day (up to the value of £2.41) and you can use it at our food outlets - just like a contactless card payment!
Vulnerable Student Bursary
- in care or a care leaver?
- in receipt of income support or universal credit (if your own name)?
- in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) AND Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in your own name?
If you can answer yes to any of the above, not only are you likely to be eligible for the above 16-19 Bursary Fund, you may also be entitled to our Vulnerable Student Bursary of up to £1,200 per year! Payments will be spread throughout the year and will subject to your behaviour and attendance.
The government’s Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs (up to £160 per child per week) while you study. For more information, please click here.
If you are aged 19 or over when you start your course and your household income is below £25,000 per annual year (your parent’s income is not considered, we need to know about yours and your co-habiting partner’s (if applicable) income), you are likely to be eligible for either our Discretionary Learner Support Fund or Advanced Learner Loan Bursary.
If eligible, you could receive a contribution towards:
- Courses fees, if applicable. More information here.
- Transport – a contribution is allocated based on mileage and is paid each half-term
- Uniform, kit and equipment
- Compulsory trips
- Accommodation – if you are studying Access to Medicine or Motorsport, live over 2.5 hours away and relocate to the area
- Childcare costs for the hours you are in college (for those aged 20 or above. If you are 19, please refer to the Care to Learn scheme)
Please note that learners who pay the full course fee for a level 3 or level 4 course are not eligible for either bursary.
Learners who are aged 19-24 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
If you are aged 19-24 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you are also eligible for a free meal during the days you attend college. A free meal will be added to your ID card each day (up to the value of £2.41) and you can use it at our food outlets – just like a contactless card payment!
Applications for financial support
You can complete an application for financial support on our new online financial support portal. On the portal, you'll also be able to make changes to your application, upload evidence (either a picture or scanned copy) and see all payments and documents which have been sent to you about your application.
To start using the portal, you will have to create an account using your person code (user ID) which you can find in any email from student services. You will then be sent an email to verify your account and start your application.
You can find information about what you may be eligible for and the evidence required above - just click the button which describes you.
If you would prefer to make a paper application, please click the relevant form below to download.