Fees and Finance Part Time

Part-Time Fees & Finance

Part-Time Fees & Finance

Enrolment for our 2017/18 Part-Time courses is now open.

If you are enrolling on a 2 or 3 year course, you will have to pay similar tuition fees in subsequent years. In addition to the tuition fee, there may also be an additional fee(s) (exam/registration fees or material costs) which may be subject to change.Tuition fees must be paid on enrolment. Material fees may be payable on enrolment or during the course. Exam Registration fees must be paid before the awarding body deadline. Failure to do so may result in you incurring a late fee.

Pay in Instalments

Any students wishing to avail of the direct debit/instalment arrangement must enrol on their course on or before Friday 13th October 2017. Students enrolling after this date must pay their course fees in full.

Tuition FeeMinimum Deposit PayableMaximum Number of Installments
Less than or equal to £150Full fee payable on enrolment
£151 – £400£1003Minimum monthly direct debit £50
More than £40025%4Minimum monthly direct debit £50

Note: Anyone wishing to pay by instalments must set up a direct debit. Payments will be debited on or about the 5th of each month, commencing the month after enrolment.

Exam Fee / Qualifications

Exam Registration fees must be paid before the Awarding Body deadline – often due Sept/Oct – Check at time of enrolment. Failure may result in you incurring additional ‘late’ fees. Please note, if you are applying for a Grant, late fees are not covered by this.

Students in receipt of Education Authority awards must attach a copy of their letter to their exam entry/registration form and hand this into reception by the closing date stated on the form. Those submitting entry forms after the relevant closing fate will be liable for late fees. All late entry/registration forms for students in receipt of such funding must be submitted no later than the end of December 2017 as funding from the Education Authority closes after this date.

Students are required to pay a £2 administration fee on top of their exam fee for all qualifications..

Fees for Higher National programmes

Please note that Pearson, the awarding body for Higher National courses, have introduced an annual fee of £20 for each year a learner remains on a Pearson BTEC HNC or HND programme.
The annual fee will not apply in the first year of enrolment, but will be applicable for each subsequent year a learner takes to complete the HNC/HND. This means students who complete the HND in two years, will have the £20 fee to pay once in their second year, whilst students who complete the HND in three years will have the £20 annual fee to pay twice(in their second and third years). If you are required to pay this fee, you will be advised by your Tutor.

Fee Refunds

Fees will only be refunded in full if the College cancels a course. If you are unable to continue with your course for medical reasons, then a refund may be allowed. In this case, a £10 administration fee will be charged.

Fee Waiver

In exceptional circumstances the College Principal & Chief Executive may waive fees due.

Unpaid Fees

Any fee unpaid 90 days after the due date may result in your access to College facilities bring withdrawn. You may also be invited to leave your course, and will not be entitled to sit any exams if fees remain unpaid. Further non-payment may result in your debt being pursued through the Small Claims Court which will result in you incurring court costs and interest. This may affect your future credit rating. You will not be allowed to enrol on any new course at the College until all outstanding fees are paid in full.

Difficulty Paying Fees

You may be entitled to a concessionary fee or some support in paying the tuition fee for your chosen course. For information on the support that you may be entitled to please visit the Student Support section or contact Student Services:
Derry ~ Londonderry: (028) 7127 6010 / (028) 7127 6033
Limavady: (028) 7127 8770
Strabane: (028) 7127 6033

Fees for Higher National programmes.

Please note that Pearson, the awarding body for Higher National courses, have introduced an annual fee of £20 for each year a learner remains on a Pearson BTEC HNC or HND programme.

The annual fee will not apply in the first year of enrolment, but will be applicable for each subsequent year a learner takes to complete the HNC/HND. This means students who complete the HND in two years, will have the £20 fee to pay once in their second year, whilst students who complete the HND in three years will have the £20 annual fee to pay twice(in their second and third years).  If you are required to pay this fee, you will be advised by your Tutor.

Reduced Fees (Concessionary )

Special Interest Courses (Non-Accredited) – Full Cost Recovery
Due to a reduction in the Further Education budget for 2017/18, the six Regional Colleges in Northern Ireland no longer receive funding from the government to offer special interest programmes (non-accredited / no qualifications).

This means that, for North West Regional College, this change will result in the removal of concessionary or reduced tuition fees for special interest programmes for 2017/18. Therefore we now have to offer these programmes at a cost recovery price, and this will naturally lead to an increased tuition fee. This change does not affect programmes leading to a qualification.

We offer reduced tuition fees for some of our part-time courses. These apply to individuals who are claiming benefits, and if you qualify for reduced tuition fee. You MUST provide the necessary evidence given opposite at the time of enrolment, (i.e. current letter or date of birth) OR a completed authorisation form signed by your local benefits office – contact our Admissions office for a copy of this Authorisation Form or download here.

Evidence: If you have lost or misplaced your TC602 form, you can request a new copy by contacting the HM Revenue & Customs helpline on 0845 300 3900 between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week.

PLEASE NOTE: Only the following evidence can be accepted to avail of a reduced fee.

UK Students
People Entitled to Reduced FeesEvidence required – Enrolling by post or in person
• Working Tax Credit
Total Single income
(Working 16-29 hours) – £11,048
Total Single income
(Working 30 hours) – £12,980
Total Joint income
(Working 30 hours) – £17,787
A current TC602 form stating Working Tax Credit and total income shown (see footnote) and appropriate fee.
Please Note (a provisional TC602 form is not accepted as evidence for a concessionary (reduced) fee..
• Aged 60 Years and over (and in receipt of one of the benefits opposite)A current letter (within the last three months) stating that you are in receipt of Pension Credit or In receipt of relief under the new Rates Relief Scheme.
• Income Support (or dependent spouse/partner)
• Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (or dependent spouse/partner)
• Long-Term Incapacity Benefit
• Income Based Employment Support Allowance
A current letter (within the last three months) from your Benefit Office stating that you are in receipt of benefit or have the form overleaf completed and authorised and enclose appropriate fee.
Republic of Ireland Students
People Entitled to Reduced FeesEvidence required – Enrolling by post or in person
• Carer’s Allowance
• One Parent Family Payment
• Widow’s or Widower’s (Non-Contributory Pension)
• Unemployment Assistance/ Jobseekers Allowance
• Pre-Retirement Allowance (PRETA)
• Disability Allowance
• Supplementary Welfare Allowance
A current letter (within the last three months) from the Department of Social & Family Affairs stating that you are in receipt of benefit or have the form overleaf completed, authorised and enclose appropriate fee.
• Old Age (Non-Contributory) PensionLetter (within the last three months) from Pensions Office and appropriate fee.
UK & Republic of Ireland Students
People Entitled to Reduced FeesEvidence required – Enrolling by post or in person
Student over 19 by 01/07/17 and in Full-time Further/Higher educationCurrent Student Card or Letter from School/College and appropriate fee.
Under 19 on 01/07/17Birth Certificate or Passport and appropriate fee.

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Finance for Republic of Ireland students

EU Resident (incl ROI)
LevelPart-time option
Higher National Certificate
Foundation Degree
Level 4
Fee grant available from EU Customer Services Team in Darlington. Students should complete an EUPTG1 form.
Level 2 Diploma
Level 3 Diploma
NVQ 1-3
Fee grant is available from studentfinanceni. Students should complete a part time Further Education Award form.

Part Time Funding for EU Residents (includes ROI students) 
Students studying part time higher education courses such as part time HNDs, Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4, Degrees may apply for part time funding through EU Customer Services Team in Darlington, to assist with tuition fees only.

Fee Grant for part-time higher education students
If you’re classed as an eligible EU student, you can apply for the Fee Grant if:

  • you’re studying in England, Northern Ireland or Wales
  • your course lasts for at least one year – and won’t take more than twice as long to complete as an equivalent full-time course
  • your household income is below a certain amount

How much you can get depends on your household income, personal circumstances and on the ‘intensity’ of your course – but the maximum available is £1,230 for and 2017/18.

Applying for the Fee Grant
You should complete a EUPTG1 form which will be available from Student Services in August 2017.

Working out course ‘intensity’
‘Intensity’ is how long the course takes to complete compared to an equivalent full-time course. Your university or college will be able to tell you the intensity of your course:

Household IncomeMaximum Fee Grant 2017/18 
50-59% full-time intensity£820
60-74% full-time intensity£985
75% or more full-time intensity£1,230

Fee Grant for part-time further education students
Students studying part time further education courses such as part time NVQ 1-3 or National Diplomas level 1-3, may apply for part time funding through studentfinanceni, to assist with tuition fees only. You should complete a Part-Time Further Education Award form.

This is means tested so the amount you get depends on your household income. Please see table below for information:

Household IncomeFee Grant 
Up to £15,000£465
£15,001 – £20,000£275
£20,001 – £25,000£185
£25,001 and overNIL

Further and Higher Education Finance and Grants

LevelPart-time option
Higher National Certificate
Foundation Degree
Level 4
Fee grant and course grant available from studentfinanceni. Students should complete a PTL form
Further Education
Level 2 Diploma
Level 3 Diploma
NVQ 1-3
Fee grant and course grant available from studentfinanceni. Students should complete a part time Further Education Award form
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Part Time Higher Education Funding

Student’s studying part time higher education courses such as HNC’s, NVQ 4 may apply for part time assistance through studentfinanceni. Please find information below detailing the types of funding available.

Fee Grant or Loan
A fee grant is available to part time higher education students, as long as the course is at least 50% of an equivalent full time course. The amount you get depends on how intensive your course is. See table below for the different rates of grant.

Household Income1 childMaximum fee grant
Less than 60% of the full time course£820
Equivalent to 60% to 74% of the full time course£985
Equivalent to 75% or more of the full time course£1,230

Course Grant
A course grant is also available to assist students with books and materials for your course. The grant pays up to £265 for the year.

Forms & Deadlines
You should complete a PTL form which will be available from Student Services in mid-august. The forms will also be available to download from  www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

Additional Links
Studentfinanceni.co.uk

Part Time Further Education Funding

Students studying part time further education courses such as Level 2 & 3 diplomas, NVQ’s, may apply for funding through studentfinanceni. Please see information below detailing the different types of funding available.

Course Grant
A grant of up to £265 is available to assist with the cost of books and stationery; this is a means tested non repayable grant.

Fee Grant
A grant of up to £465 is available to assist with the cost of course fees. This is also a means tested non repayable grant
The below table gives a breakdown of entitlement, depending on income:

Household IncomeFee GrantCourse Grant
Up to £15,000£465£265
£15,001 – £20,000£275£157
£20,001 – £25,000£185£105
£25,001 and overNILNIL

Childcare for Part Time Further Education students
You can claim a childcare grant if you are using registered or approved childcare. The amount you get depends on your household income. The table below gives you an idea about the support available:

Household Income1 child
(1-7 hours per week)
1 child
(8-14 hours per week)
2 or more children
(1-7 hours per week)
2 or more children
(8-14 hours per week)
Up to £21,330£33£65£56£110
£21,331 – £26,160£28£56£48£95
£26,161 – £31,580£20£39£34£67
£31,581 – £38,805£10£20£17£34
£38,806 +No Funding

Forms and Deadlines
To apply for the grant you should complete a Part Time Further Education Award form also available from Student Services.

To apply for childcare you should complete a CG2 form, also available from student services. There are no set deadlines for childcare applications, but it is advisable to get it in early to ensure prompt payments to childcare provider.

Hardship Funds
The Hardship Fund is intended to provide support to learners who are experiencing exceptional financial difficulty with meeting costs associated with learning such as fees; accommodation; books; materials; travel etc

Basic eligibility
Students must be:

  • Enrolled on a course that is more than 4hrs a week
  • Have been resident in NI for 3 years before the start of the course
  • Have exhausted all other relevant funding options
  • Demonstrate financial hardship

Payments
Payments are made each month and are paid directly into the Students bank account. Typically Students do not have to repay this, but may be asked to repay if they abandon their course.
The amount payable is primarily based on household income.

EU Resident (incl ROI)
LevelPart-time option
Higher National Certificate
Foundation Degree
Level 4
Fee grant available from EU Customer Services Team in Darlington. Students should complete an EUPTG1 form.
Level 2 Diploma
Level 3 Diploma
NVQ 1-3
Fee grant is available from studentfinanceni. Students should complete a part time Further Education Award form.

Part Time Funding for EU Residents (includes ROI students) 
Students studying part time higher education courses such as part time HNDs, Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4, Degrees may apply for part time funding through EU Customer Services Team in Darlington, to assist with tuition fees only.

Fee Grant for part-time higher education students
If you’re classed as an eligible EU student, you can apply for the Fee Grant if:

  • you’re studying in England, Northern Ireland or Wales
  • your course lasts for at least one year – and won’t take more than twice as long to complete as an equivalent full-time course
  • your household income is below a certain amount

How much you can get depends on your household income, personal circumstances and on the ‘intensity’ of your course – but the maximum available is £1,230 for and 2016/17.

Applying for the Fee Grant
You should complete a EUPTG1 form which will be available from Student Services in August 2016.

Working out course ‘intensity’
‘Intensity’ is how long the course takes to complete compared to an equivalent full-time course. Your university or college will be able to tell you the intensity of your course:

Household IncomeMaximum Fee Grant 2016/1
50-59% full-time intensity£820
60-74% full-time intensity£985
75% or more full-time intensity£1,230

Fee Grant for part-time further education students
Students studying part time further education courses such as part time NVQ 1-3 or National Diplomas level 1-3, may apply for part time funding through studentfinanceni, to assist with tuition fees only. You should complete a Part-Time Further Education Award form.

This is means tested so the amount you get depends on your household income. Please see table below for information:

Household IncomeFee Grant 
Up to £15,000£465
£15,001 – £20,000£275
£20,001 – £25,000£185
£25,001 and overNIL

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Student Finance
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emmet.rice@nwrc.ac.uk

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