Kingston Maurward College Money Matters

Are you aged 16-18?

Courses leading to a qualification are FREE for British citizens, aged under 19 years on 31 August in the academic year you start your course.* However, there may be some additional costs for clothing/kit and trips depending on your course. If you can prove that you meet one of the following, you can apply to the Bursary Fund for extra help towards the cost of transport, food, equipment or childcare.

  • Your household level of income is under £20,000 per year
  • You are in care or a ‘care leaver’
  • You are receiving Income Support/Universal Credit
  • You are receiving Employment Support Allowance in the Work-Related Activity Group
  • You were in receipt of free school meals in Year 11 – in which case you will receive a free college meal**

Aged over 19?

Students aged 19 and over will be liable for tuition fees unless they are eligible for fee remission. The fee for a full-time course in 2015/16 was £1500. This is subject to change each year. Please contact us for details.

Fee remission is currently available to most UK/EEA citizens aged 19-23 as follows:

  • You do not already have a full Level 2 qualification (five GCSEs A-C or equivalent)
  • You do not already have a full Level 3 qualification (two A Levels or equivalent)
  • You receive Employment and Support Allowance in the Work-Related Activity Group
  • You receive one of the following state benefits: Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Income Support or Council Tax Benefit and want to enter employment and need skills training to do so.

Please note that there are some exceptions – including the Channel Islands, Isle of Man

Aged 24 or over?

Students aged 24 and over will be liable for tuition fees unless they are eligible for fee remissions. Fees for full-time courses for anyone aged over 24 are available at interview. Those applying for Level 3 courses will be able to apply for the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These loans are non-means-tested and you won’t have to pay anything back until you earn more than £21,000 a year. For further details visit www.gov.uk

Are you an international student?

International students are considered as those who are applying from outside the EU and EEA (except Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway). International Students will need to pass the new Tier 4 maintenance test where they will need to show that they have the full amount of the cost of their chosen course in their bank account at least 28 days before applying for their visa. Further information, forms and how to complete them can be found at www.gov.uk

How to Pay

Kingston Maurward College Students Main Georgian HouseFor your convenience, you can pay in a number of ways:

  • Debit / Credit card (Not American Express or Diners Club)
  • Cash (in person only – please do not post!)
  • Cheque or postal orders (made payable to Kingston Maurward College).

If you are aged 19 or over, you will be asked to pay a deposit † when you are offered a place on your course. The remaining balance is paid on your enrolment day. All our prices are reviewed each year and any revised costs may apply in your second or third year. If you are experiencing any financial difficulty that may cause you to withdraw from you course, please talk to your tutor or Student Services before making any decisions. Got a question? Call our Courses Helpline: 01305 215215.

Instalment Option

There is an option to pay in three equal instalments. A deposit is due upon offer, followed by three equal instalments in September, October and November. All instalment arrangements are subject to a non-refundable £10 administration fee, and if you have to withdraw from your course before the expected start date, all outstanding instalments remain payable.

Refunds will be given only if:

  • We have to cancel the course
  • We have to make a change to the time or location and you are no longer able to attend
  • In exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of our Principal.

The College reserves the right, by giving notice to the student at any time before the start of their course, to increase the course fee to reflect any cost increase that is beyond our control. This could include any significant increase in the operating costs or materials, or failure by the student to provide accurate information. This could also be due to changes in Government education funding. For more information about sources of financial help, visit www.gov.uk

* For 2015/16 the academic year is 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2016. For Welsh, Scottish, Irish and EU students please call our Admissions team on 01305 215215 for further fee information.
**For students who were at school in 2013/14 and who received free school meals (FSM), there will be a free college meal available each day the student is scheduled for college attendance (including trips and also work experience placement days in term time). You will need to show you are still eligible (under same provisions as Local Authority) and be checked by the EFA (government education funding agency) against the FSM database.

For autumn 2016 entry, the annual tuition fee for full-time students enrolling on the first year of a Higher Education course at Kingston Maurward College is as follows:

FdSc Marine Ecology/Animal Behaviour & Welfare/Countryside Conservation £6,165

FdSc Countryside and Coastal Conservation £7,198

FdSc Para Veterinary Sciences £9,250

BSc (Hons) (Top-Up) course £9,250.

For information on full- or part-time fees please contact Lillian Mone, the HE Administrator on 01305 215 177 or email: lillian.mone@kmc.ac.uk

Tuition Fee Loan

At the start of each academic year, full- and part-time UK / EU undergraduate students may take out a loan to contribute towards their annual tuition fee. UK residents should apply through Student Finance Direct: www.gov.uk/student-finance

The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly to the University by the Student Loans Company. Visit the website for more information on repayments. Please note that under the 2012 Charging Scheme, Tuition Fee Loans are only paid back when you are earning over £21,000 a year and the payments will be at 9% of the income above £21,000; for example at an income level of £25,000 a year the repayments will typically be around £7 a week.

Loans and Grants for Living Costs

Kingston Maurward College Labs HE Higher Education Courses Uni University StudentsOnly full-time students can get Maintenance Loans (repayable) and
Maintenance Grants (non-repayable) for their living costs.

The maximum Maintenance Loan for new students starting in
September 2015 is:

  • £5,555 if you live away from home and study at a university or college outside London
  • £4,418 if you live at home. You can also apply for:
  • a full Maintenance Grant of £3,387 if your household income is £25,000 or under
  • a partial maintenance Grant if your household income is between £25,001 and £42,611.

These loans and grants are paid into your bank account at the start of each term, once you’ve registered on your course.

Please see www.gov.uk/studentfinance for full details of the above.

Tuition Fee Remission

Tuition fee remission can apply on certain courses if you are a UK Citizen resident, aged over 19 and in receipt of one of the benefits listed below, and where skills training will help you get back into work:

  • Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance in the Work-Related Activity Group
  • Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Income Support or in receipt of Working Tax Credits with household income of less than £16,190.

Proof of benefit must be provided to the College at the time of booking. You will be required to fill in a student self-declaration of the need for training to enter employment.

You may also be entitled if you are a UK citizen living in England and:

  • aged 19 plus and taking your first full Level 2 course
  • aged 19 to 23 and taking your first full Level 3 course.

How to Pay

Kingston Maurward College Coneygar Animal Science Centre Dog Grooming Salon StudentFor your convenience, you can pay in a number of ways:

  • Debit / credit card (Not American Express or Diners Club)
  • Cash (in person only – please do not post!)
  • Cheque or postal orders (made payable to Kingston Maurward College).

When you apply for a place on your course, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable reservation fee of between £10-£30, depending on the overall price of your course. The balance is payable 30 days before the course start date.

Courses costing £25 or less must be paid for in full when you book a place on your course.

If the course costs more than £200 and is over 13 weeks long, you can apply to pay in instalments. Your first instalment must be paid 30 days before the course start date.

For further information on details such as fee remission, payment options, and sources of financial help, please contact the Courses Helpline on 01305 215215.

Each year we are given government money to help students with financial difficulties or who come from low income families. These funds are administered through the Student Support team and can help you with costs relating to your studies, such as transport, childcare and essential kit/equipment purchases.

Below are some of the key documents for the current academic year 15/16 for reference.

Information about bursaries for 2016/17 will be available as soon as the college receives its bursary funding allocation from the Government, expected in June 16.

 

Bursary Policy Autumn 2016 under 19

Bursary Policy Autumn 2016 over 19

16-18 Bursary Application 2016-17

19+ Bursary Application 2016-17

Vulnerable Student Bursary Application 2016-17

 

For more information please contact the Student Support team on 01305 215165.

Help is often available through various charities and bursaries. Please visit the Student Support Office or SID desk (top floor of the library) where we hold details of local and national organsiations which offer assistance.

For those students who need to apply for Disabled Students Allowance, can find further info here.