Fees and Funding

IT, Business Administration, Education & Training, Creative and Health & Safety course fees

If you identify with one of the following categories, the cost of your course will be funded.

1. Receiving Job seekers Allowance (JSA), including if you are receiving National Insurance Credits only.

2. Receiving Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and are in a work-related activity group.

3. Receiving Universal Credit, earning less than £330 per month, and determined by Jobcentre Plus as being in one of the following groups:
• All Work-Related Requirements Group
• Work Preparation Group
• Work Focussed Interview Group

4. Unemployed and receiving and other state benefits and believe that attending the course will help you enter employment and earning less than £330 per month.

Once you have identified which category you fit into you will need to send us photocopied evidence of your benefits. Please note that even if you have produced evidence in the past we still need to see a copy of up-to-date proof with your new application. If category four above applies to you, you will be expected to explain why you believe attending this course will help you enter employment and how it is relevant to your future job/career aspirations. 

Maths and English Courses

All Maths and English courses are free if you do not have a grade A*- C (or grade 9-4 under the new grading system). If you would like to improve on your grade and you already have a grade C or Grade 4 you will need to pay the course fees. Contact sma@ruskin.ac.uk to find out more.

Access to Higher Education course fees

The Access to Higher Education programmes course cost is £3,022.

You may be charged course fees depending on your previous level of education but don’t worry; we will help you access financial support if you are entitled to it. You will not pay tuition fees if you are aged 19–23 when you begin your Access to Higher Education Course, have not already achieved a full level 3 qualification, and your course is taught entirely by us.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are studying on the Access to Higher Education course, you are eligible to apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees. The loan is not means-tested or subject to credit checks – you only start repaying it when you earn over £21,000 per year. Advanced Learner Loans for Access to Higher Education courses are automatically cleared if you go on to complete a higher education course with support of a higher education student loan. For more information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loans.

Financial Support for Access to Higher Education Students

We are committed to supporting students from a variety of financial backgrounds and personal circumstances with their studies. We can offer student bursaries to cover the cost of studying. Financial support schemes are also available to help you with your childcare. Students can apply for this as soon as you are accepted onto the course.

It is available on a first-come basis; assessments are based on your household income (including partners and parents/carers where applicable). You can only access these schemes if you are a fully funded student e.g. you are aged 19–23 years old and do not have a full Level 3 qualification, you are a UK resident and have been for at least three years, and are not being charged fees or you have taken out an Advanced Learner Loan.

Examples of financial support available to you (subject to change)

Basic Adult Allowance
Household Income Allowance per adademic year

Up to £21,000 per annum

£3,458

£21,000 to £25,704

£2,305

25,705 to 30,993

£1,152

£30,994 and over

Nil

To apply for financial support you will need to contact our Student Money Advisor at Ruskin College. They can be contacted by email at sma@ruskin.ac.uk

Childcare Support 

If your household income is less than £30,944 then we may be able to provide support with childcare costs whilst you attend the course.  To discuss your eligibility for this please contact our Student Money Advisor at sma@ruskin.ac.uk.

Eligibility for Funding

You must:
•    Be 19 years old or over
•    Be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or have right of abode in the UK
•    Have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning

A non-EEA citizen is eligible for funding if they have permission granted by the UK government to live in the UK, which is not for educational purposes, and have been resident in the UK for at least the previous three years.

Any individual with any of the statuses listed below is eligible and exempt from the three-year residency requirement rule.  We will need evidence of this.
•    Refugee Status.
•    Discretionary Leave to Enter.
•    Discretionary Leave to Remain.
•    Exceptional Leave to Enter.
•    Exceptional Leave to Remain.
•    Indefinite Leave to Enter.
•    Indefinite Leave to Remain.
•    Humanitarian protection.
•    Leave Outside the Rules.
•    The husband, wife, civil partner and child of any of the above
Asylum seekers are eligible to receive funding if:
•    they have lived in the UK for six months or longer while their claim is being considered by the Home Office, and no decision on their claim has been made, or
•    they are in the care of the local authority and are receiving local authority support under section 23C or section 23CA of the Children Act 1989 or section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948
An individual who has been refused asylum will be eligible if:
•    they have appealed against a decision made by the UK government against granting refugee status and no decision has been made within six months of lodging the appeal, or
•    they are granted support for themselves under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or
•    they are in the care of a local authority and are receiving local authority support for themselves under section 23C or section 23CA of the Children Act 1989, or section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948

Family members of EU and EEA nationals: if a learner, who is a family member of an EEA national, has been ordinarily resident in the EEA for the three years prior to the start of their course, they are eligible for funding. Family members may also be eligible if they haven’t been resident in England so please enquire further if you think this may apply to you.
Children of Turkish workers may also be eligible for funding so please enquire further if you think this may apply to you.

If you are in the UK on a visa you may not be eligible for funding so please enquire further to find out if this applies to you. For more information please call us on 01865 759600.
If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you may not be eligible for funding in England so please enquire further to find out if this applies to you. For more information pl Further Education ease call us on 01865 759600.

If you have any concerns about funding, please contact us. We hold weekly drop-in sessions. Alternatively email our Student Money Advisor at sma@ruskin.ac.uk to arrange a one-to-one appointment at a time to suit you.

For Fee information on the higher education courses we run, please visit our Higher Education Fees webpage.