Whether you’re looking to take your first steps into Further Education (FE) or you’re looking to add to your current skills, finance can be a pretty daunting subject. We’ve pulled together a handy guide that focuses on the costs involved and the support available to you.
Please note that the following information refers only to Further Education students, see here for Higher Education Finance.
We will be taking applications for the academic year 2021/22 from 1st May 2021.
If you’re aged 16-18 on 31st August in the year when you start your full-time course, then there are NO course tuition fees payable.
Studying at Level 1 & 2 or first Level 3
For full time students aged 19 or over on 31st August in the year when you start your full-time course, there will be tuition fees. The fees payable are dependent on the course you are studying.
Tuition fee remission (whereby the Government pays the tuition fee and assessment fee) is available to students who are aged 19 and over at the time the course begins and for which any of the following applies:
If you’re being supported by your employer or a sponsor, you’ll need to provide a letter of authorisation at enrolment.
If you are aged 19-23 and you believe that you qualify for fee remission and would like to discuss this further, please call our Enquiries Team on 01273 892080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studying at Level 3 for a second time or students aged 24 or over at the course start date studying at level 3
Tuition fees vary based on your programme of study. These fees do not include College facilities, materials and assessment fees, which will be charged seperately.
You can apply for a loan via the Advanced Learner Loan scheme to pay your course fee.
If you’re under 24 and haven’t previously studied at Level 3, no fees are payable.
A facility fee contribution is payable by all students.
Please note the facilities fee is not covered by any bursary awarded.
The facility fee covers:
Payment for the facility fee should be made before you start your course on our online shop.
We offer deferred payment schemes on an individual basis, so please call the Finance Team to discuss if this applies to you.
The Medicspot Innovation Grant awards £500 to Plumpton College students going on to study a degree or equivalent related to health, medicine, nursing or life sciences. Applications must be submitted online by 31 March each year. For more information and to apply: www.medicspot.co.uk/grant
We have bursary funds that are given on a discretionary basis to provide financial assistance to eligible students who, without support, would not have access to learning. Support is targeted to those most in need, therefore we consider all awards on an individual basis and in a variety of formats. This doesn’t prevent you from making a case for alternative support, as we’ll consider each case on its own merit. We maintain the right to refuse payment if we can provide a cheaper alternative or we believe that the item does not have educational merit.
Please note the total fund for each academic year is allocated by the government. The funds held for support to students is limited. We aim to support all appropriate students where possible and consider applications made during the academic year, should an unforeseen situation arise. However, once the funds are exhausted, students may not automatically receive support. Early application is advised.
We operate four funds, which apply to the following student groups:
If you’re an existing student or looking to become a student at Plumpton and in need of financial support to access your learning, you’ll be eligible if the household income is below £27,000. A guaranteed bursary is given to vulnerable students (as defined by the government).
We can’t award a bursary to you if you are:
Our bursary funding is set up to support, while funds are available, all students who need finance to access learning. Each case is considered on an individual basis, and we look at your educational need, maximising the value from the limited funding the college receives and on your continued attendance.
These bursary awards may include:
We consider applications for residential bursaries to assist with your costs of our on-site accommodation. If you’re in a household with an income below £34,000, you can apply via the same online process.
The loan system is similar to that currently operated within Higher Education by the Student Loans Company. Loans are not means tested and you won’t be credit checked. Repayments do not start until you’re earning over £26,575. To be eligible, you must be:
We know that our students do better in their studies when they have access to regular meals, so we encourage you by offering healthy options from our daily menus. You’ll need to be aged 16-18 with parents/carers in receipt of certain benefits.
We are included on the National Careers Service Learning provider list, search their database.
We consider applications for childcare bursaries for students aged 20 and over at the start of their course.
See the Government’s Care to Learn scheme for students aged under 20.
Please contact our bursary officer in person, by email (email@example.com) or by telephone 01273 892102.
Additionally GOV.UK gives full details of all the government schemes available.
Please find the updated Plumpton College Bursary Policy here.
Here is a list of organisations offering financial support – many are industry specific. We recommend that you research their websites and follow the application process for each individual organisation.
The Lewes Exhibition Fund - supports students under 25 and living within 5 miles of Lewes (application forms are available from College) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedgebury Foundation – for students in East Sussex and Kent under 25 years old.
City & Guilds – for students studying City & Guilds qualification.
Gingerbread – supports single parents.
The Perennial Charity - for students in the horticultural sector.
The Prince’s Trust for students under 25 and in hardship.
RABI Charity – supports families working in the agricultural sector.
The Star Trust - supports children in South East England.
Vegetarian Charity (for students under age 26).
Welsh Pony & Cob Club (for students under 25).
List of miscellaneous sources of funding for groups and individuals are posted on the Countryside Jobs Service site.
Helen Kennedy Foundation
HKF provides support of up to £2,250 to students whose personal and financial circumstances make progression to higher education difficult. They have two awards for a higher level apprenticeship in agriculture, and three awards for students wanting to progress to a land based degree.
Professional Gardeners Trust
The Professional Gardeners’ Trust funds training and education for gardeners (including apprentices), providing them with the opportunity to acquire skills and qualifications which benefit the industry.
Studley College Trust
The Studley College Trust encourages education and research in land based subjects by financially assisting young people who wish to pursue a career in one of these areas but are restricted by financial constraints. It contributes towards the cost of accommodation, study materials, exam fees and study trips.
AgriFood Charities Partnership
The AFCP website provides a searchable list of charities and trusts which provide funding to help with all types of training, education and research in the food and farming sectors.