Funding your course

Course fees and living costs are the two main expenses you will incur while studying. However, financial support is available and studying at a university centre in a college is often less expensive than going to university. There is a range of funding options available for university level students - you can find out more about financial support and whether you are eligible in this section.

HE UK

If you are applying for Higher Education (HE) you can access financial support from the government through Student Finance England. The main sources of help include grants and bursaries, which you don’t have to pay back, and loans which you do.

Non UK EU Students

If you are a student from another European Union (EU) country you can apply for financial help towards costs through Student Finance England. Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for help with tuition fees only, or help with tuition fees, living costs and other expenses.

For more information call Student Support on 01293 442269 or visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance.

No up-front fees

Whether you study full-time or part-time, you do not need to pay your tuition fees up front for courses eligible for Student Finance England loans. You can apply for a low-interest loan to cover the tuition fees and you will only need to pay this back once you have completed your course and you are earning £21,000 or more.

Aged 19+?

Joining an Access course?
You could be entitled to a low-interest Advanced Learning Loan - please refer to the table below.
You can apply for a low-interest 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course fee - and if you go on to complete a higher education qualification after your Access course, your loan will be written off!

Course Fees

Course fees are listed against each course, where these were available at the time of going to print. However prices may be subject to change as a result of Government funding policy, so please check online for the latest information.

Additional costs
There may be costs you have to pay in addition to any course fees, depending on your chosen course, which could include money for books, equipment or specialist clothing required by your course and trips.
For more information please contact us on 01293 442269.

Second year fees
If your course is longer than one year, the fees you will pay for the second or any subsequent years of the course will be subject to increase.

International student?
If you have not been living in the UK for the last three years, or if you are on a student visa, different fees may apply, please contact us on 01293 442203 (+44 1293 442203 from overseas).

Help towards your studies

There is a selection of loans and grants available to help you during your studies:

Tuition Fee Loan

Available to Full-time students? Available to Part-time students?
Yes
(up to £9,000 per year)
Yes
(up to £6,700 per year on a pro-rata basis)
This is a low-interest, repayable loan from Student Finance England that is for tuition fees. Once your application has been accepted, Student Finance England will pay the money directly to the University Centre at Central Sussex College on your behalf. You will only need to start paying the loan after you have completed your studies and you are earning more than £21,000.

Maintenance Loan

Available to Full-time students? Available to Part-time students?
Yes
(up to £5,500 per year)
Yes
(up to £6,700 per year on a pro-rata basis)
This is a low-interest, repayable loan from Student Finance England that is for living costs such as rent. You will be paid this money directly into your bank account through instalments. You will only need to start repaying the loan after you have completed your studies and you are earning more than £21,000.

Maintenance Grant

Available to Full-time students? Available to Part-time students?
Yes
(up to £3,250 per year)
No
This is a grant that you do not need to repay to be used for living costs such as rent. The amount you receive depends on your household income. You won’t receive a grant if your household income is above £42,600.

Professional & Career Development Loan

Available to Full-time students? Available to Part-time students?
Yes, but not available for first full-time degree
(up to £10,000 per year)
Yes
(up to £10,000 in total over the duration of your course)
If you are aged 18 or over and settled in the UK you could apply for a Professional & Career Development Loan of between £300 and £10,000 from a participating bank. You pay this back once you have stopped studying. The Government pays the interest on the loan while you are studying and for one month after completion of your course.

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

Available to Full-time students? Available to Part-time students?
Yes
(up to the cost of tuition)
Yes(up to the cost of tuition)
This is a low-interest, repayable loan from Student Finance England for those aged 19 or over studying a full Level 3 or 4 further education qualification. Once your application has been accepted, Student Finance England will pay the money directly to the University Centre at Central Sussex College on your behalf. You will only need to start repaying the loan after you have completed your studies and are earning more than £21,000. If you go on to complete a higher education qualification after your Access course your loan will be written off.

Access to Learning Fund

Available to Full-time students? Available to Part-time students?
Yes
(up to £9,000 per year)
Yes
(your course must last at least 1 year and take no more than 4 times as long to complete as an equivalent full-time course)
If you are in hardship and need extra financial support, this is paid on top of the main student finance package. You must apply for any student loans, grants and bursaries you’re entitled to before applying for the Access to Learning Fund. It is applied for through Student Support, tel 01293 442269, and is not repayable.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

Available to Full-time students? Available to Part-time students?
Yes
(up to £5,161 for the whole course)
Yes
(your course must last at least 1 year and take no more than 4 times as long to complete as an equalivalent full-time course)
You can apply if you have a disability, long term health condition or specific learning difficulty. The allowance is to help pay towards the cost of specialist equipment you may need for studying, eg computer software, non-medical helpers; tapes, or braille paper and any extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability. The amount you get depends on your individual needs and not on income, and is not repayable.

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