Part-Time Fees & Finance

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Part-Time Fees & Finance

ENROLMENTS FOR OUR 2018/19 PART-TIME COURSES OPEN 8AM, TUESDAY 22ND MAY. PLEASE NOTE WE OPERATE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

HIGHER EDUCATION (HE) / ACCESS COURSES

Tuition Fee/Examination Registration Fees must be paid on enrolment. Failure to enrol before the Awarding Body deadline may result in you incurring a late fee.

Pay in Instalments

The College offers a fee payment instalment plan for students who enrol on or before Friday 28th September 2018. If your fee is more than £150, you may pay a deposit and the balance in instalments as outlined in the table below:

Tuition FeeMinimum Deposit PayableMaximum Number of Installments
£151 – £400£1003Minimum monthly direct debit £50
More than £40025%4

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.

FURTHER EDUCATION (FE) COURSES

Tuition Fees and material fees (if applicable) must be paid on Enrolment. Examination/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
The College offers a fee payment instalment plan for students who enrol on or before Friday 28th September 2018. This applies ONLY to tuition fees. If your tuition fee is more than £150 you may pay a deposit and the balance in instalments as outlined below:

 

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%4

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 / AWARDING BODY REGISTRATION FEES

Exam/Registration Fees, if applicable to your course, may be subject to change from the fees published in the prospectus or other media. Please contact the College for guidance before you enrol if you have any queries. Exam/Registration Fees must be paid by the relevant College deadline. Failure to pay fees by the deadline may result in you paying additional late fees or you may be excluded from examinations and assessments.

If you are in receipt of an Education Authority (EA) Award, you must attach a copy of your approval letter from the EA to your examination entry form and hand into Reception before the stated closing date or you will be liable for payment of any associated late fees. Funding from the EA closes at the end of December, examination entry forms received after December will not be considered and you will be liable for the full cost of exam/registration fees.

If your employer is paying your course / examination / registration fees, then you must attach a Certificate of Payment of Fees Form (Employer to Pay Form) to your exam/registration form, alternatively you must have the form stamped and signed by the employer (if not already done so at time of enrolment).

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are entered/registered for an examination/award with an Awarding Body.

FEE REFUNDS

Fees are non-refundable except when a course is cancelled by the College due to insufficient enrolments.

UNPAID FEES

Any fee unpaid 90 days after the due date may result in your access to College facilities being withdrawn.

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
  • Email: studentfinance@nwrc.ac.uk
REDUCED FEES (CONCESSIONARY)

If you have lost or misplaced your TC602 form, you can request a new copy by contacting the HM Revenue & Customs helpline on 0345 300 3900 between 8am-8pm, seven days a week. You MUST provide a print-out of your Universal Credit Statement if you are in receipt of Universal Credits.

PLEASE NOTE: Only the evidence below can be accepted in order to be entitled to a reduced fee.

UK Students
People Entitled to Reduced FeesEvidence required – Enrolling by post or in person
Student over 19 years of age by 01/07/2018 and in full-time Further / Higher educationCurrent Student Card or Letter from School/College and appropriate fee.
Under 19 years of age on 01/07/2018Birth Certificate or Passport and appropriate fee.
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 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 (dated 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)
• Income Based Employment Support Allowance
A current letter (dated within the last three months) from your Benefit Office stating that you are in receipt of benefit or have the Authorisation Form completed and authorised, with appropriate fee enclosed.
Universal CreditThe Working Tax Credit threshold will apply to those in receipt of Universal Credit and who are working. A current letter/print out (dated within the last three months) of your Universal Statement. Proof of income required.
Republic of Ireland Students
People Entitled to Reduced FeesEvidence required – Enrolling by post or in person
Student over 19 years of age by 01/07/2018 and in full-time Further / Higher educationCurrent Student Card or Letter from School/College and appropriate fee.
Under 19 years of age on 01/07/2018Birth Certificate or Passport and appropriate fee.
• 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 (dated within the last three months) from the Department of Social & Family Affairs stating that you are in receipt of benefit or have the Authorisation Form completed and authorised, with appropriate fee enclosed.
• Old Age (Non-Contributory) PensionLetter (dated within the last three months) from Pensions Office and appropriate fee.

Further and Higher Education Finance and Grants

UK Students
LevelPart-time option
  • Higher National Certificate
  • Foundation Degree
  • Level 4
Fee grant and course grant available from studentfinanceni. A Student Loan is also available if your household income is over the threshold. Students should complete a PTL Application 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 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 Income (1 Child)
Maximum 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£985

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 an online application at studentfinanceni. The forms will also be available to download from  www.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 Grant Course Grant
Up to £15,000£465£265
£15,001 – £20,000£275£157
£20,001 – £25,000£185£105
£25,001 and overNILNIL

Childcare
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
Income
1 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.

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 exhausted all other relevant funding options
  • Demonstrate financial hardship

Payments
Payments are made each month and are paid directly into the Student’s 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 PTL Application specific for EU students.
  • 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.

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.

Applying for the Fee Grant

You should complete a PLT Application form which will be available from Student Services in August.

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

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

Student Finance

Student Services
Tel: 028 7127 6010
Email: studentfinance@nwrc.ac.uk

Student Finance NI

Part-time Office
Ballee Centre
Ballee Road West
Ballymena
BT42 2HS
Tel: 0300 100 0077

Education Authority

Omagh Office:

1 Hospital Road
Omagh,
BT79 0AW
Tel: 028 8241 1411

Ballymena Office:

County Hall
182 Galgorm Road
Ballymena,
BT42 1HN
Tel: 028 2565 3333

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