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Higher Education at Yorkshire Coast College
Higher Education  at Yorkshire Coast College
 
  • Higher Education Fees and Funding at Yorkshire Coast College Scarborough

Higher Education Fees and Funding

In 2016-17 our fees for Degrees, Foundation Degrees are £6500 per year. Higher National Diplomas and Certificates are £4995 per year.

We work hard with employers and industry to develop our Higher Education curriculum to ensure that all our courses meets the needs of industry and responds to national skills gaps in key sector areas.

Whilst studying for a qualification, you may require help with fees and funding. You will find plenty of financial support which may be available for full-time students such as Student Loans and Grants and Bursaries. You may be eligible for council tax relief and help is also available for students with disabilities, children or adult dependants. Financial support in the form of a Tuition Fee Loan is also available for part-time students.

Refund Statement
Higher Education fee rates are determined by the Institute Group on an annual basis. If a student withdraws from their course during the first term they are responsible for 25% of their fees, if they withdraw during the second term they are responsible for 50% of their fees and if they withdraw during the third term they are responsible for 100% of their fees. Refunds will be given for any difference between these amounts and the original invoice amount. Please note your statutory rights are not affected.
Tuition Fee Loan
You will not have to find the money to pay for your fees either before or whilst you are studying. All eligible students can get a repayable Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of the programme. This money is paid direct to the Grimsby Institute Group and you will not have to start paying it back until you have left the programme and are earning over £21,000.
Disabled Student Allowance
If you have a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty you can apply for this non-repayable grant. It can help pay for the extra costs you may have during your programme as a result of your disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. For more information, visit the website: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas
Parents Learning Allowance
The Parents’ Learning Allowance is an additional grant available to full-time students with dependent children. How much you get will depend on your household income amount, please visit https://www.gov.uk/parents-learning-allowance for the latest information. This is paid on top of the standard student finance package, and does not have to be paid back.
Childcare Grant
The Childcare Grant helps with the cost of childcare with a registered or approved childcare provider. If you qualify, the Childcare Grant could cover as much as 85% of your childcare costs during term time and holidays. How much you get depends on your household income and the actual costs of your childcare. This is paid on top of the standard student finance package, and does not have to be paid back. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/childcare-grant for the latest information.
Loan Interest
Student loans are not like commercial loans. They are subsidised by Government and attract a low cost interest rate. This table shows the varying rates of interest which depends on how much you are earning and whether you are still studying.
Loan Interest Table
Earnings Inflation
Up until the April after leaving University Rate of Inflation (RPI) + 3%
Earnings below £21,000 Rate of Inflation (RPI)
Earnings £21,000 - £41,000 Rate of Inflation (RPI) + 3% (on a sliding scale depending on income)
Earning above £41,000 Rate of Inflation (RPI) + 3%
Loan Repayment
Repayments of the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan will not need to be repaid until the April after you have left the programme and are earning over £21,000 a year. The amount you repay is linked to your annual income and is currently 9% of all earnings above the £21,000. The more you earn the more you repay. For example; earnings of £25,000 a year you would repay £30 per month.

Use the repayment calculator here to get an estimate of how much student loan you could owe and how long you might repay for.
Benefits
Most full-time students are not entitled to income-related benefits. However, certain students (including single parents, student couples with dependent children, and some disabled students) may be eligible to claim income-related benefits, but your income, including certain types of student finance will be taken into account.

If you receive income-related benefits (including, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance or Housing Benefit) you must tell your local Jobcentre Plus office and your local authorityʼs housing benefit section if you take a full-time course as this may affect your benefits.

If you have a partner who is not a student and is eligible for any of the income-related benefits, they can claim those benefits for both of you. Your income, including certain types of student finance, will be taken into account when your partners entitlement to any income related benefits is assessed.

The following links to the income-based benefits eligibility pages on the .gov.uk website may also be useful:
Council Tax relief
You may be able to get Council Tax relief depending on the number of adults in the household. A full Council Tax bill is based on two adults living in a household. Full-time students are not 'counted' towards this number. If there are fewer than two in the household you may be eligible for a discount. To apply you need to take a certificate from the University Centre Grimsby (available after the start of the programme to your local council tax office. Visit the Higher Education Admissions & Administration office to request your certificate.
Child Tax Credits
Students with children may also be eligible for Child Tax Credits from the HM Revenue & Customs. To find out more visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits or call them on 0845 300 3900.
Where to apply for funding
Student Finance England is a partnership between the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills and the Student Loans Company Ltd to provide financial support on behalf of the Government to students entering higher education in the UK.

Higher education students from England can use its secure system to apply for finance online, and parents and partners can support an application online. Student Finance England will help you work out the financial support you will get, apply for finance and keep track of your payments.

You can create an online student finance account and use it to apply earlier than in previous years, manage your student finance account online, use the Student Finance Calculator for a quick guide to how much you can get.

There are so many options available, don't be put off at the first hurdle. Our HE Admissions & Administration Office can help you with all financial matters. Please contact us on 0800 328 3631.
What financial help can I get if I study part time?

Tuition Fee Loan

Part time students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover their tuition cost. To qualify you must complete a minimum of 25% of the equivelent full time course load per year. You will not start paying it back unitl you are earning over £21,000. No grants or loans are available for living expenses.

Loan Repayment

You'll be due to start repaying your loan the April four years after the start of your course or the April after you leave your course, whichever comes first. But you'll only start making repayments when your income is over £404 per week, £1,750 per month or £21,000 a year.

Use the repayment calculator to get an estimate of how much student loan you could owe and how long you might repay for.

Loan Interest

Earnings Inflation
Up until the April after leaving University (or the third anniversary of the start date if study is continuing) Rate of Inflation (RPI) + 3%
Earnings below £21,000 Rate of Inflation (RPI)
Earnings £21,000 - £41,000 Rate of Inflation (RPI) + 3% (on a sliding scale depending on income)
Earnings above £41,000 Rate of Inflation (RPI) + 3%

Where to apply for funding

Higher education students from England can use its secure system to apply for finance online. Student Finance England will help you work out the financial support you will get, apply for finance and keep track of your payments.

You can create an online student finance account and use it to apply earlier than in previous years, manage your student finance account online, use the Student Finance Calculator for a quick guide to how much you can get.

There are so many options available, don't be put off at the first hurdle. Our HE Admissions   Administration Office can help you with all financial matters. Please contact us on 0800 328 3631.

Alternatively visit www.gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England's Customer helpline Tel: 0845 300 5090

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