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Financial support for adults

Your future is worth investing in 

The Advice and Admissions team can provide you with the financial advice you require, including support available to help with course fees. Depending on your age, previous qualifications and current circumstances, there are a number of options available.

Course fees 

Students aged 19+ will need to pay for their fees and course costs unless they are eligible for one of the following concessions: 
If you are aged 19-23 when you start your course and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification and where you course is eligible, you will not pay tuition or exam fees. 
If you are an unemployed adult in receipt of income-related benefits on eligible courses at level 2 or below, you will not pay tuition or exam fees.
If you are working towards a GCSE A* to C (9-4) in maths and English your course will have no fees, unless you have already achieved a grade C (4) and are working to improve your grade.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are aged 19 and over, and want to study a Level 3 - 6 course, you are eligible to apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees. The loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks and you start repaying it when you earn over £21,000 per year.  
Loans for Access to higher education courses are cleared if you go on to complete a higher education course with support of a higher education student loan. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans

Paying your fees

Pay in person
We accept cash, cheque or card payments in our advice centres. All major credit and debit cards are accepted, except American Express. 
Pay over the telephone
We accept all major credit and debit cards, except American Express. 
Paying by instalments
Two payment plans are available for courses costing over £150 (see below). You will need to complete a Direct Debit mandate at enrolment.
Instalments commence from the month of enrolment, not the course start date. All payments (except deposit payment) will be taken on the first working day on or after the 1st of each month.
  • Courses costing over £150 and 20 weeks or longer -  a deposit payment of 40% (+£10 admin fee), followed by 6 equal payments (10%)
  • Courses costing over £150 and 11-19 weeks long - a deposit payment of 40% (+£10 admin fee), followed by 2 monthly payments of 30% each
Employer payments
If your employer is paying your fees, we will need a letter on your employer’s headed paper, confirming they agree to pay your course fees. We will then raise an invoice to them. 


Download the 19+ bursary application form to apply and for specific details regarding eligibility for each bursary. Any payment is subject to 92% attendance and adherence to the college Code of Conduct.  Find out more about the range of bursaries available.

Ways to send your form to us

Please return your completed and signed bursary application form in person, with copies of all required documentation.
If you would like to post your application, send it to:
Activate Learning, c/o Student Finance team, Banbury and Bicester College, Broughton Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 9QA - 0800 612 6008
We advise that you send postal applications by recorded or special delivery and only include photocopies, not original documents. 
Alternatively, you can send your completed and signed form to studentfinance@activatelearning.ac.uk, along with scanned copies of the required evidence.  
As funds are limited and cannot be guaranteed, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly recommend that you submit your application before Monday 4 September, as applications received after this date may not be processed within our standard timescales. Bursary payments will not be backdated for applications made after the start of your course.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your application and want to appeal, please write to the Group Manager - Advice and Admissions via the address above.

Higher education

If you are applying for a Higher education programme please visit: www.activatelearning.ac.uk/university-level/funding-your-learning

International students

If you are not a UK or EU citizen, you will need to pay international student fees. 

Please call us on 0800 371 434 and we will answer any questions you have.