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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 to 23 when you start your course and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification and where your 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 9 to 4 (A*-C) in maths and English, your course will have no fees, unless you have already achieved a grade 4 (C) 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 £25,000 per year.  
Student Finance England will 'write off' any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.

For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please visit: www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans

Paying your fees

Payment may be made in person, over the phone or electronically.

The preferred methods of payment are

  • Major credit and debit cards, except American Express /li>
  • Bank transfer
  • Advanced Learner Loan
  • Direct debit, as part of an instalment plan
  • In certain circumstances, other payment methods may be used, including:

  • cash payments up to the value of £100
  • cheques
  • Paying by instalments

    You may request to pay course fees in instalments subject to the following:n

  • You must be a UK/ EU national
  • The course must be delivered over 10 weeks or more
  • The course fee must be over £200 for a short plan or over £400 for a long plan
  • 40% of the course fee is paid at enrolment
  • You agree to pay the balance of the fees by direct debit in seven instalments for programmes over seven months (long plan) and in two instalments for programmes less than seven months short (short plan)
  • A £10 instalment administration fee is payable at enrolment
  • If a student withdraws from the course, they will remain liable for any outstanding balance subject to fee refund procedures
  • 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 bursary application form to us

    Please return your completed and signed 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, and attach scanned copies of all evidence required.  
    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 3 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 how your bursary application has been handled or you want to appeal a decision, please write to the Group Manager - Advice and Admissions using 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.