Financial support

Most students are expected to contribute to their course fees. Some courses receive funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), and these can be offered at a reduced rate to eligible learners. Please note other providers may offer these courses with alternative funding at a reduced rate.



How can I pay?



Telephone enrolments can only be processed with payment by Credit/Debit card.





Learners can choose to pay their course fees in instalments by standing order with payments structured as follows:


Learners electing to pay by standing order will be liable for the full cost of the course. Should they withdraw from the course for any reason other than medical, they will be liable to pay the course fee in full.



Are you entitled to pay the reduced fee?


Reduced fees are only available on courses which receive funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and students who apply for reduced fees will be checked for eligibility at the start of their course. Eligibility for reduced course fees will be subject to the student providing proof of being in receipt of one of the following means tested benefits depending on the type of course as follows:



Courses leading to an examination


Students are eligible to a free course if they are in receipt of one of the following benefits:



Unemployed students in receipt of a benefit other than those listed above may still be eligible for funding. Please contact the ACRES' Office on 01825 761820 for details.


ACRES may also use their discretion to support other students if both of the following apply. The student:



Further financial support may be given from our Discretionary Student Support fund to students experiencing financial hardship. Financial support may be granted for:




Non-examination funded courses


There are three ways we may financially support our students:


1) Arranging payment of fees by instalments. We may be able to arrange payment of fees by instalments over a longer period for those in financial hardship


2) Where a reduced fee is shown and students are in receipt of one of these benefits:



3) ACRES' Discretionary Bursary fund - Students may apply to this fund for financial support where they are not on benefits but their household income is less than £25,000 per year.


Please note that:



We are unable to reserve a place for you until all evidence, documentation and payment have been received.

For further information please contact the ACRES' Office on 01825 761820.

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