Tel: 01384 363 000

Adult Learners

 
 

Costs of College

Fees

All fees quoted are normally for 19+ learners, are per year and are the "standard" prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education.

If you are under 19 years of age or have not been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years please contact Learner Services on 01384 363 363 for information.

Learner Support Fund (for those aged 19+)

Dudley College of Technology has a Learner Support Fund for learners aged 19 and over. This provides means tested grants to help you with costs as a result of your studies. This can include support towards travel costs, books, equipment or stationery.

For more details or advice on how financial support relates to you, please contact one of our specialist team at The Broadway who will be pleased to help you.

Call 01384 363 555 or email studentfinanceteam@dudleycol.ac.uk

Studying whilst claiming benefits

A number of our courses offer discounts for those unemployed and/or on active benefits. If you are claiming discounted fees, you must enrol in person and bring evidence of your eligibility. See our fee concessions page for more information.

Childcare - care to learn

Learners aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or call 0300 303 8610.

Learners who are 20 years of age or above may make an application for support with childcare costs to the Learner Support Fund, contact the Student Finance team for more information. Call 01384 363 555 or email studentfinanceteam@dudleycol.ac.uk.

Have you heard about the Advanced Learner Loan?

If you are aged 19 or over and want to study a course at level 3 or above, you may need to pay for the cost of your course. The Advanced Learner Loan is a way of borrowing money to pay for this. It is easy to apply for, and does not take your household income into account or involve a credit check.

To qualify you must be

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age-limit)

  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this unless you meet one of the exceptions

  • You must be studying with a college or training organisation in England approved for public funding, (which Dudley College of Technology is)

  • Enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 and above.

Key Facts

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed

  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and if you’re earning over £25,000 a year (which is £480 a week or £2,083 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything but you can make voluntary repayments at any time 

  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £25,000 before tax. For example, if you earn £27,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £15 a month; and if you earn £33,000 a year, it will be £60 per month

  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn

  • If your Advanced Learner Loan is for an Access to Higher Education course and you go on to complete a degree, the Advanced Learner Loan gets written off.

For more information about Advanced Learner Loans please visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Other types of financial products/career loans maybe available from your own bank or other sources of funding, so please take the time to investigate these.

Higher Education loans

Don’t worry - there is lots of financial support available but in brief you can access: 

  • A tuition fee loan which covers your tuition fees in full 
  • A maintenance loan for your living costs (like rent)

The loans would need to be repaid.

You will start paying back your loans when you are earning £25,000 per year (£480 per week, £2,083 per month). For example, if you earn £27,000 per year you would pay back £15 per month.

After 30 years from the April after you graduate, any remaining debt is written off.

The amount you pay back is determined by what you earn, not what you owe. For full details call 01384 363 363 or visit www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Paying for your course

All of our course fees included on this website are the amount payable at enrolment. However, on some courses there may be an additional fee to cover materials or examinations fees. If so, you will be advised of these at enrolment. You can pay your course fees by cash, cheque, debit or credit card.

All cheques should be made payable to Dudley College of Technology. If your employer is paying your fees you should bring a letter stating this fact when you come to enrol.

You will need to bring the following documents with you to enrolment: 

  • A form of ID such as a driving licence or passport

  • Benefit/household income documents if you are applying for financial support or asking for a fee concession

  • Exam certificates or exam entry slips if your course requires evidence of a previous qualification

  • The means to make the payment i.e cash or card (if applicable).

If you have not lived in the UK for the last three years we will need to see supporting documentation confirming you are eligible for funding.

If you are an Asylum Seeker, Refugee or have a Study Visa or any other Visa type covering your time in the UK please bring this documentation with you when you enrol.

Course prices

As our course prices are related to Government Funding, there may be changes to costs and eligibility. You will be told the most recent course prices at enrolment. We would not normally expect our published price to vary but, if they do, please be aware that any price amendments are out of our control and the published price is an indicative price. Where the duration of the course exceeds one year, only the first year fee is shown.

Refunds

No refunds will be given for courses of 12 weeks duration or less. Refunds of course tuition fees of more than 12 weeks will only be given in the following circumstances:

  • Where Dudley College of Technology cancels a course
  • When the learner withdraws from a course within the first three weeks of the start date (although an administration fee will be charged).
  • All other requests for fee refunds will be considered in exceptional circumstances and will be at the discretion of the Vice Principal of Finance.

Please note: Dudley College of Technology reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet the minimum learner numbers. If this is necessary all learners will be notified in writing.

How to pay by instalments

You can pay by instalments if your course fee is above £200. This includes any remaining balance if part of your course fee is being paid for by your employer.

The full cost for short courses of 10-12 weeks in duration must be payable by two concurrent instalments.

Please see the chart below for payment schedules:

Total course fee No. of instalments
£200 - £299 2
£300 - £399 3
£400 - £499 4
£500 - £599 5
£600 - £699 6
£700 - £799 7
£800 - £899 8
£900 - £999 9
£1,000 and above 10

All learners paying in instalments must first complete an Instalment Agreement.

The first payment must be paid at enrolment by cash, debit/credit card or cheque. The remaining instalments can either be paid directly into the college bank account (details of which will be given at enrolment) or by calling the Finance Office.

Unfortunately we do not currently allow direct debits. We are looking to put in place an online payment gateway soon.

All instalment plans must be paid one month prior to the course end date. Where course fees remain outstanding the college maintains the right to recover any debts and to withhold certification until all debts are paid.