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FEES & FINANCE

Fees

Fee Chart

The following fees are based on students who are a UK or EU resident who have lived in the EU during the last 3 years. If this is not applicable please call 020 3045 5176 to discuss eligibility.

Note Proof of benefits must be current, include the student’s name and be dated in the last 4 weeks before you enrol. Students who are no longer in receipt of benefits on the first day of learning must pay the full fee and evidence may be requested.

  1. Plus exam and accreditation costs
  2. Aged 16-18 - Free if you are not attending School/College. Otherwise £10 per hour plus exam and accreditation costs.
  3. If you are entitled to a free examination course(s) you will be required to pay a deposit of £50 (per academic year). The College will refund the deposit after you have completed the course and taken the exam.

If you withdraw without good reason, you may be charged £10 per hour. For full details see Terms & Conditions.

Fee Chart

Group 1 & Group 2

  • Aged 19+ as at 31/08/18 and receiving one of the following:
  • Receiving JSA (including those receiving NI credits only)
  • Receiving ESA (WRAG) Work-Related Activity Group
  • Receiving Universal Credit (UC), earn either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage / national living wage a week, or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are determined by Jobcentre Plus determine as being in one of the following groups:
    • All Work-Related Requirements Group
    • Work Preparation Group
    • Work-Focused Interview Group
    • Released on temporary licence (RoTL) to follow learning outside of prison

Group 1

  • Unemployed*, want to enter employment and on Income Support
  • Unemployed* want to enter employment and on Housing Benefit
  • Unemployed*, want to enter employment and on nonWRAG ESA

Group 2

  • Receiving ESA 
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Pension Guarantee credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • DLA/PIP**
  • Carers Allowance

Group 3

Students aged 19-23 on the start date of their course who are eligible for full funding will be:

  • Studying their first: Foundation Learning (FL) course, first Full Level 2 or 3 qualification.

* Unemployed = earns either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage / national living wage a week, or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims)

** Household income of less than £25,000 per year

All fees are correct at the time of going to press.

Examination, accreditation and administration costs are generally included in the course fees - however, some are shown as additional to the course fee and need to be paid on enrolment. Please check the details in each course description and course outline carefully.

All exam / accreditation and administration fees are non-refundable as they are passed onto external examining bodies.

Instalments, Standing Orders & Loans 

Once you have enrolled on to your course you are liable for the full cost of the course.. There is a £10 admin fee per course for paying by Instalment or Standing Order. These enrolments cannot be taken over the phone as the process will involve completing and signing a form to authorise payment. You will need to complete a separate form for each eligible course. Forms are available from the College’s main centres and the website.

Any course costing £100 or more can be paid in two equal instalments. The first 50% of the cost is paid on enrolment. The 2nd payment is taken on an agreed date either by post-dated cheque or from your card details. 

Any course over 12 weeks and costing £150 or more can be paid by Standing Order in four equal instalments. The first instalment is paid on enrolment. The remaining 3 payments will be collected monthly commencing in the first month following your enrolment. Courses under 12 weeks and under £150 cannot be paid by Standing Order.

If you stop attending your course, you still have to pay all the fees owed, and you must continue to pay all Standing Order or instalment payments. The College will pursue any outstanding payments. If the College cancels or closes your course, you must cancel the Standing Order with your bank. The College reserves the right to withdraw the use of standing orders and instalment plans from students who have previously defaulted on payments.

Financial Support

There is assistance available for accredited courses for eligible students from the following funds:

Fund available

To help with…

16 - 19 Bursary

Transport, food, books, uniform and equipment

19+ Discretionary Student Support Fund

Examination fees, travel, childcare, books, equipment and materials.

 

Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund

Travel, childcare, books, equipment and materials

If you require any further information / advice or eligibility information, please call 020 3045 5176

 

For accredited courses the College receives Learner Support Funding from the ESFA. 

For application forms please follow the links below: 

Grant Application Form

16-19 Student Support Application Form

19+ Student Support Application Form 

Bexley Trust for Adult Students (BTAS)

The College charity, BTAS, provides grants for students who are not on accredited courses but have difficulty with the cost of the course or other fees. Students are expected to contribute at least 50% of the costs on enrolment. Application forms are available from Customer Services or online.

Completed application forms for non-accredited or accredited courses, together with full evidence to support the application should be submitted within 7 days of enrolling.


For more information contact:

Tel: 020 3045 5176
Email: enquiries@lecb.ac.uk

Advanced Learning Loans

If you are 19 or over and want to study a course at Level 3 or above, you can apply for a government Advanced Learner Loan and pay no upfront tuition fees.

To be eligible you need to be:

  • aged 19 or over on the first day of your course
  • starting your course on or after 1 August 2018
  • living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before this
  • enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 and above
  • You only start to pay back the loan once you have finished your course and you are earning over £25,000 per year. Until then you do not need to pay back anything.

Once you have enrolled at the College on an eligible course, you will be sent an offer letter, this is also called a Learning and Funding Information Letter and includes all the information you will need to make a loan application. You will also be required to complete a payment agreement. If you do not apply for a loan or your loan is refused you are liable for the full cost of the course. The loans are administered by student Finance England and you can find more information at www.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans

If you are in receipt of an Advanced Learning Loan there is also a bursary fund to which you can apply for support with other costs such as travel, materials or childcare while you study.

Many of our Level 3 and higher programmes are eligible for the loan and are marked with an Advanced Learning Loan (ALL) symbol . However, there are some exceptions please contact the College to find out about other ways to pay for these courses

Can we list here all the course marked with ALL and link to pages?

Advanced Learner Loan Application Form

Contact us on 020 3045 5176 or email: enquiries@lecb.ac.uk

Links

Fee Chart
www.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans
Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work.You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. 
Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you're studying.For more information go to:

www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview