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Depending on your circumstances and the course you’d like to study, there may be funding available to help you.

funding and free tuition

You may be eligible for free tuition on many of our courses if you are unemployed receiving JSA or ESA (Work Activity Group), Housing Benefit, Income Support or Council Tax Exemption; or you are 19-23 years old and the course is your first full Level 2/3 qualification. *Proof of fee remission must be produced before starting any course.

A full refund will be made if a class does not start or closes after one session. After a course has started, pro-rata refunds can only be made if you are ill (medical certificate required). All refund requests should be made in writing to the Principal.

Where possible the initial materials fee has been shown. These are payable even if you receive free tuition and all students are required to provide their own books and materials. If your household income is below £21,000 the College will be able to make a contribution to the cost of your course materials and/or travel.

advanced learner loan

If you are aged 19 or over and want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational qualification, you will need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn't take your household income into account and doesn't involve a credit check.

Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE). Student Finance England is a Student Loans Company service, providing financial support to students on behalf of the UK Government.

For further information, visit THE NATIONAL CAREER SERVICE WEBSITE or click on Advanced Leaner Loan below.

Are you aged 19 or over and thinking about Further Education?

  • You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your Truro & Penwith College course fees, the loans are not subject to credit checks and household income isn’t taken in to account. You do not pay anything back unless you are earning over £27,295.
  • The Government no longer subsidises 19+ Learners with funding (If they already hold a full level 3 qualification). This means that fees are more expensive and the Government have created Advanced Learner Loans which helps with these tuition fees. You can use a loan to pay the whole of the course fee or you can part of the fee yourself.
  • Eligible courses include: Access to HE Diploma’s, Level 3/4/5/6 Certificates and Diploma’s.
  • If you complete an Access to HE course and take out a Loan to cover the fees, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education Degree then your Access loan would be completely written off including any interest accrued.
  • You don’t have to take out a loan, however its availability means that you can improve your knowledge without paying fees upfront.
  • There are also Bursary’s available for help with Childcare, Transport and Meal Deals etc.
  • Discover the wide range of opportunities at Truro & Penwith College and take advantage of this scheme to help you enhance your life plan.

For further information about 19+ fees, please contact: Michelle Boulton on email michelleb@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE). Student Finance England is a Student Loans Company service, providing financial support to students on behalf of the UK Government.

For the majority of qualification courses, any fees payable to the Awarding Body for registration, examination entry and certification will be collected, together with the course fee payable, before the start of the course.

Where this is not the case, the additional payment due will be stated. If you are enrolled on a qualification course, you will automatically be registered with the awarding body and entered for any examinations provided the fee has been paid. 

If you need to re-take any examinations, you will need to enter for these separately and make a re-entry payment to the examinations office. You will then receive written advance notification of the arrangements for formal examinations and written confirmation of your results.

Certificates will be posted to the address given on your enrolment form, so please do contact the part-time courses team about any change in your contact details.

Any questions about registration, examinations or certification should be directed to the Exams Office on 01872 308179  for Truro-based students or 01736 809019 for Penwith-based students. The email contact for both sites is EXAMSOFFICE@TRURO-PENWITH.AC.UK.

If you are a candidate attending at either site and require examination concessions for medical reasons or because of learning difficulties, please contact the Exams Officer, Emily Moss, as early on in your course as possible on 01872 308179 or EMILYMOSS@TRURO-PENWITH.AC.UK.

If you are eligible for free tuition (see categories above) or your gross annual household income is less than £21,000, you may be entitled to financial support towards childcare while attending your course.

Financial assistance for the purchase of materials for certificated courses may also be available. For guidance, contact Student Services on 01872 305711.

In addition to the Bursary Application Form. This is for students over 20 and needs to be completed by student and childcare provider and returned together with SCAN of child/rens birth certificate/s.

Truro College Childcare Application form

Penwith College Childcare Application form

If you are 24+ and wish to study a Level 1 or 2 course you may be eligible for fee remission if you are unemployed and in receipt of either Jobseekers or Universal Credit.

If not then a fee will apply.
To find out more, please email Annabel Aitken on ANNABELA@TRURO-PENWITH.AC.UK.

If you are 19-23 you may be eligible for fee remission for either of the following reasons:

  • The course will be your first full level 1/2 qualification
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers or Universal Credit

If neither of the above apply, then a fee will apply
To find out more, please email Annabel Aitken on ANNABELA@TRURO-PENWITH.AC.UK.

If you are 19-23 you may be eligible for fee remission for either of the following reasons:

  • The course will be your first full level 1/2 qualification
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers or Universal Credit

If neither of the above apply, then a fee will apply.
To find out more, please email Annabel Aitken on ANNABELA@TRURO-PENWITH.AC.UK.

The Future Skills Institute adult learning team can help with funding:

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