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Financial Support for Students

There are various grants and allowances available, dependant on your age and circumstances. If you would like to talk to a member of the Admissions team about possible financial support or would like more information about any of the following grants, discounts, allowances or loans or to request an application form, please contact the Admissions Office at Brooklands College.

Tel: 01932 797901 / 01932 797902

e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Financial Advice and Assistance

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Discretionary Learner Support Fund

Means-tested grants towards course-related costs for students meeting the eligibility criteria.  Please contact the Admissions Office at Brooklands College for more information and application form for the Discretionary Learner Support Fund.

Click Here for Students aged 16-19
Click Here for Students aged 19+


Advanced Learner Loan

What is the Advanced Learner Loan?
Advanced Learner Loans are there to help learners aged 19 and over to cover the cost of course fees of a level 3, 4, 5 and 6 college or training course. 
The course must have started on or after 1st August 2014.
Your loan application will last for the duration of the course so there is no need to reapply if your course is longer than a year.

Who is eligible?
Learners aged 19 or above (at the start of their course) and who are resident in the UK and studying an eligible Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course.

Does the loan depend on my income or credit history?
No, the loan doesn’t depend on your income and no credit checks are carried out. 

Do I have to take out an Advanced Learner Loan?
No, it’s up to you to decide on your best option, depending on your circumstances.

How much will I get?
The amount you’ll receive depends on:

  • the type of course
  • the course fees
  • the maximum loan available for your course

The minimum loan you can get is £300.  You don’t have to borrow the full amount of your course fees, you can pay for some of it yourself.

How many loans can I take out?
Unless you are studying an Access to HE Diploma you are entitled to access up to four loans which you can take out one after the other or at the same time.  You can only access one loan to complete the Access to HE Diploma.

How is the loan paid?
The funds are paid directly to the college.

When do I have to pay back my loan?
Repayments don’t start until the April after your course has finished and you don’t have to pay anything back unless you earn more than £21,000 a year.
If your income is over £21,000 a year your annual repayments will be 9% of any income you earn over £21,000.

For example: 
Annual Income Before Tax     Repayment Amount
£22,000                                 £7.50 per month
£25,000                                 £30 per month
£30,000                                 £67 per month
£35,000                                 £105 per month

Repayments are based purely on income, not on the amount borrowed or the number of loans.  If your income drops below £21,000 the repayments stop and only re-start if your income increases to more than £21,000. 
Repayments are taken directly from your wage in the same way as tax.  Rates of interest on the loans are lower than anything available from banks.

Bursary fund
If you need help with your learning or living costs, you may also be eligible for money from the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund.  The money can help with things such as: childcare costs*, accommodation, travel, classroom assistance for a learning difficulty or disability, course materials/equipment.  You need to apply to the college directly for the Bursary Fund.  You can apply once you have received a letter confirming your Advanced Learner Loan.

*Learners aged under 20 on the first day of learning must apply to the ‘care to learn’ programme

For more information contact Tracey Atkins on 01932 797 700 ext 2040 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) alternatively contact our admissions team on 01932 797 797 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Fee Remission

If you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Employment Seekers Allowance (ESA),  or currently unemployed, actively seeking work and in receipt of benefits you may be eligible for fee remission (does not apply some courses) . You must bring along evidence of receipt of one of the benefits listed below with you when coming to enrol. This evidence must be current and dated within 3 months of the start of the course.

Benefits to support fee remission - JSA, ESA, Income Support/Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction Benefit, Pension Guarantee Benefit.

Fee remission may also be based upon the highest level of previous qualifications achieved.

Please check your eligibility with our Admissions Team on 01932 797 797 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Student Fare Card Discount Scheme

16-18 year old students who live in the administrative area of Surrey can apply for a Surrey County Council Student Train or Bus Fare Card which enables them to travel at 1/3 discount. Please visit Here for further information and application form.

SCC - Student Fare Card Scheme

SCC - Student Bus and Train Cards

Abellio Surrey - Services & Student Bus Pass

HEFCE Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

The Government provides Higher Education institutions with ALF to provide discretionary financial help for both full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The College uses ALF to assist students who need additional support, whether because they have higher than expected costs, or unexpected difficulties. Priority is typically given to mature students, students from low-income families, students with dependents (especially lone parents), disabled students, care leavers, final-year students, and part-time students.

Before submitting an application, undergraduate students must have applied for their maximum student loan entitlement and have received the first installment. Postgraduate students must be able to demonstrate that they made a realistic financial provision to fund their course.

All part-time students who started their course before 1st September can now apply for a Fee Grant and Course Grant for the current/next academic year. Click Here for more information.

To qualify for the Grants, which does not have to be paid back, students must be studying at a course intensity level of at least 50% of the full time equivalent per year, taking no longer than twice the time it would take to complete the course if studied full time (up to a maximum of 8 years). Their household income will be taken into consideration too.

We would like to share this information with as many of our partners as possible and would appreciate your support if you could forward these messages on to others within your organisation, as appropriate.

• Continuing students, who applied for part-time funding last year, will be e-mailed a link to the application form (PTGC) which they should complete, have their HEI sign and stamp and return to us. The application form can also be downloaded from our website at: http://www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

• Continuing students applying to student finance for the first time can apply for a Fee Grant and Course Grant now by downloading a PTGN form from: http://www.gov.uk/studentfinance

• Students who have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia can get extra help through Disabled Students’ Allowances. More information is available at: http://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

• Continuing part-time Open University (OU) students should apply for funding from the OU directly and can contact them for further information by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phoning 01908 653 411.

Instalments for Adult Learning Fees

If you are signing up for an adult learning course you are able to pay in instalments. A maximum of 3 equal instalments are to be paid in the 1st term at the start of the course, or within the first 50% of a course lasting less than 1 year.

The first instalment should include the £20 administration charge. Debit/credit card details must be provided so that instalments can be taken at an arranged date automatically.

Brooklands College cannot arrange payment by instalments retrospectively.

Policy on Refund of Fees

The College commits staffing and resources to courses on the basis of learner enrolments and will only refund fee payments in the following circumstances.

• When a course is cancelled by the College.
• When a learner withdraws their enrolment at least 10 working days before the planned start of the course.

No refunds will be given once the course has commenced, except in exceptional circumstances as outlined in section 2.10 of the College’s fees policy. No refunds will be given if a learner withdraws their enrolment from the course after their enrolment date or if the College withdraws the offer of a place as a result of disciplinary action or non-attendance on behalf of the learner.

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