At Oaklands we do our best to make sure that we make learning affordable for you and we work hard to keep our fees to a minimum. Everyone's circumstances are different, and it is the job of our experienced staff to assess your personal situation and offer you advice and support where you are eligible.
Our Student Advisors are the best place to check in with any questions or concerns about coming to College. They'll be able to discuss your situation and guide you further. The support avaliable to you will depend on a number of factors such as your age, status, existing qualifications and whether the course is funded or full cost. Try not to make any assumptions about what you are or aren't eligible for until you have spoken to our team - their expertise will give you the advice you need.
Help funding the cost of your course
Whether you have to pay tuition fees for your course will depend on a number of factors, the most significant of which will be your age. Below is a brief outline of the tuition fees applicable to different age brackets. Student Advice will be able to give you full details tailored to your personal circumstances, do check in with them to clarify which details are right for you.
Full and part time students ages 16-18 on 31 August 2017 and residents in the EU for the last three years are exempt from tuition fees for all full time courses, but will have to pay for material fees if applicable.
If you are aged between 19 and 23 on 31st August 2017 a tuition fee may apply, in addition to any material costs. In some circumstances, depending on your qualifications or benefits fees may be waived - but again, Student Advice will be able to explain the finer details.
Aged 24 and over
If you are aged 24 and over a tuition fee may apply for your course but you could do this by taking out an Advanced Learning Loan. Fees again may be waived in certain circumstances so check in with Student Advice to see what applies to you.
All students joining a Higher Education programme are liable for tuition fees. There are no concessions available. You can apply for a Student Loan to cover your tuition fee and information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan – even if you are studying part time.
The College also has an HE Bursary and students can apply for this - £250 in total over the academic year paid in termly instalments – by asking the Student Advice Team for an application form. Certain criteria do apply so please read the information carefully.
Advanced Learning Loan
Making the decision to return to education can be daunting but whether you are developing your career, looking for a career change or returning to work after a break, we will provide you with a supportive and inclusive environment to learn. The Advanced Learning Loan means that course fees shouldn't be a barrier to your learning, no matter what your current financial situation. Find out more about Advanced Learning Loans.
Financial support whilst you study
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for additional support in the form of discounted travel, free meals or help with childcare during your time at College.Find out more about travel, free meals and childcare support here.
Oaklands College provides bursaries for both 16-18 and 19+ year old students who have a household income below £29,250. There are different types of bursary available which have different criteria as outlined below.
If in doubt - ask!
There's plenty of support available to help you attend a course and support you during your time here, and sometimes it can feel like a minefield ploughing through all the options.
Speak to Student Advice who will be able to point you in the right direction on what the help above can mean to you.