Costs of College

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.

Advanced Learner Loans

Learners who have found finances have been holding them back from starting a course, can now apply for a loan to help with the cost of course fees! Advanced Learner Loans help with the cost of fees for eligible courses at Level 3 or above. Household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. Learners will not have to pay anything back until they have finished their course and are earning over the Learner Loans company threshold.

How much can you get as an Advanced Learner Loan?

The amount awarded by Student Finance England depends on:

  • the type of course
  • how much the fees are for the course - the minimum loan is £300.

Which courses are eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?

Courses at Level 3 or above qualify (such as a Certificate/Diploma or an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship).

Eligibility for Advanced Learner Loan - To get a loan Learners must be:

  • 19 or older on the first day they start a course and the start day of the course must be on or after the 1st August 2021 (there’s no upper age limit)
  • living in the UK on the first day of their course, and have lived in the UK, the Channel islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before the start date of the course Studying at this College or a training organisation in England approved for public funding
  • Learners who are aged 19 – 23 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, will be entitled to receive free tuition and won’t need to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. Where learners are aged 19 – 23 and already have a full Level 3 qualification, they can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

How many Advanced Learner Loans can a Learner apply for?

Learners can apply for more than one Advanced Learning Loan (up to 4 in total). Learners can also receive a loan for courses of the same level and type (e.g. Level 3 Diploma in Hair and Level 3 Diploma in Barbering) and will be able to take out further loans to complete different types or levels of eligible courses.

How to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan?

  • Learners can apply for apply for an Advanced Learner Loan at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan. request the course code from our Learner finance team from June/July for courses starting from 1st September 2021
  • Learners will need a National Insurance number before any money can be paid and should have this available to enter on the loan application form along with passport details or where no passport details can be given another form of identity to apply – e.g. birth certificate.

Paying back an advanced learner loan

Learners pay back a loan (plus interest) when they have finished their course and start earning more than the Learner Loans Company income threshold. If income drops below this amount repayment will stop. Each month learners will pay back 9% of any income over the threshold.

Leaving or changing a course once an advanced learner loan is approved

Learners who leave or change their course after 2 weeks will have to pay back any money that has been paid to the College.

Access to Higher Education (HE) and an advanced learner loan

Learners who get a loan to cover tuition fees for an Access to HE course (e.g. a course that prepare learners for Higher Education) and then successfully complete a higher education course, will not have to repay the remaining loan for the Access course.

Support for course related costs and childcare

Learners who take out an Advanced Learner Loan can assess the 19+ Discretionary hardship fund in the same way as our 19+ learners.

For more details about Advanced Learning Loans please visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan or contact the Learner Finance team on 01384 363555.

*All bursary and hardship fund forms are available to Dudley College learners via the student MyDudleyCollege dashboard, alternatively a direct link can be emailed to learners. Links requests should be emailed to the a student finance team at studentfinanceteam@dudleycol.ac.uk.

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.