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Higher education funding

Full Time Higher Education Students

The cost of a full-time higher education course at City College will be £7500 per year.  Please note the BSC in Aviation will cost £9000.  (The fee for International students will be £11,000 or £12,500 for BSc Aviation)

You would normally be eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover the cost of these fees. There may also be maintenance loans available depending on your circumstances. For more information about what you may be entitled to and how to apply visit their website:


Student loans do not have to be paid back until after you complete your course and you are earning at least £21,000.

If you have dependent children you may also be eligible for other help such as a parent’s learning allowance or a child care grant. If you are disabled you may be eligible for a Disabled Student’s Allowance.

Paying by Tuition Fee Loan     If you are eligible for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England - please bring proof of your approved loan or application with you when you come to enrol. If you do not bring this paperwork then you will be required to pay 25% of your fee.

If your employer is paying your fees, they must complete an Employer Authorisation form and sign and stamp it to confirm that they agree to pay your fee. We need to receive this form at least 10 days before your enrolment appointment, or you may be asked to pay a deposit. The Employer Authorisation form can be downloaded at www.ccn.ac.uk/applying-course or can be requested by telephoning 01603 773012.

If we cancel a course which you have paid for, we will give you a full refund. If you withdraw from your course early you will be liable for some of the fee on a pro-rata basis. If you are eligible for a tuition fee loan the fee on withdrawal will normally be covered i.e. 25% in term one, 25% in term two and 50% in term three.

Paying fees yourself     The college offers an instalment plan to spread the cost of fees. If you are on a course which lasts 15 weeks or more and the fees cost more than £100, you can pay by instalments. The instalment plan requires you to pay 25% of the fee on enrolment and the balance will be collected by direct debit in equal instalments over the following 3 months.

The college accepts payments for tuition fees as cash, cheque or via most major debit and credit cards.

Part Time Higher Education Students

Tuition fee loans will normally be available to you if you study on a part time HE course. For more details about this scheme see:


Fees for part-time Higher Education courses are usually charged at the rate of £750 per 15 credit module. 

If you are eligible for a tuition fee loan please bring proof when you come to enrol. If you do not bring proof - you may be required to pay 25% of your fee at enrolment.

Disabled Students' Allowance

If you face extra costs because you have a disability - then you may be able to get help from the Disabled Students' Allowance scheme. See the link below for further information:


Council Tax Exemption

If you study full-time, the college can provide you with a council tax exemption certificate which you can pass to your local authority.

Further Information

More advice about Higher Education funding is available from the Advisers (Finance) - Jane Simpson or Rachel McGrath in the Advice Shop on 01603 773 773 or via financialadvice@ccn.ac.uk.