Applicants for entry to Higher Education (HE) should be aware of the costs related to their study, the types of funding that may be available and their liability for fees, before enrolling on a course. (Full details are available on the course descriptions on the College website or from the Campus Services Team).
The following process applies:
1 Apply for funding available
Student Loans Tuition Fee and Course Grant
A Student Loans Company tuition fee grant of up to £1,230 and a course grant of £265 may be available to those students who earn less than £16,843 and are progressing to a course above Level 3. The tuition fee grant and course grant are not repayable. Students should complete a PTL application by applying online via the Education Authority website: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
SLC Tuition Fee Loan for Part Time HE (September 2021)
New and continuing part time HE students can also apply for an SLC tuition fee loan of up to £3,022.50 to cover tuition fees. The loan is non means-tested but it is repayable. Students who already hold a qualification which is equivalent or higher than the new qualification being undertaken will not be eligible for the part time undergraduate grant or loan. Students must apply online via the Education Authority website: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
All HE students will be required to commit themselves to the payment of the full fee due and must provide evidence that they have sufficient finance to pay course fees or have made a genuine commitment to access financial assistance.
The payment of fees is the responsibility of each student and they may be paid by cash, cheque, credit/debit card or other method approved by the College.
Students will be required to pay all course fees at enrolment unless they provide evidence that they have made an application for a tuition fee grant or loan. Course fees are normally collected during enrolment at the beginning of the academic year, but where appropriate, additional fees may be collected at enrolment throughout the year – these additional charges are highlighted within each course’s information section.
Tuition Fee Grant
Students who obtain a grant award notice from SLC for full course fees will not have to pay any fees at the point of enrolment. The award notice will be sufficient to confirm that fees will be paid through SLC.
Students who obtain a grant award notice from SLC for partial course fees will have to pay remainder of fees at the point of enrolment.
Students who have applied for a grant from SLC and have an acknowledgement letter confirming they have made an application will be charged a minimum of £100 or 25% of the full course fee (whichever is higher) at the point of enrolment. Household income must be less than £16,843 and evidence must be provided.
Students who have not applied for a loan or grant must pay full fees at enrolment.
The College will reimburse the amount paid at the time of enrolment when it receives evidence from SLC that the means tested grant amounts cover the cost of course fees.
Tuition Fee Loan
Students who obtain a loan award notice from SLC for full course fees will not have to pay any fees at the point of enrolment. The award notice will be sufficient to confirm that fees will be paid through SLC.
Students who obtain a loan award notice from SLC for partial course fees will have to pay remainder of fees at the point of enrolment.
Students who have applied for a loan from SLC and have an acknowledgement letter confirming they have made an application will pay a minimum of £100 or 25% of the full course fee (whichever is higher) at the point of enrolment.
The College will reimburse the amount paid at the time of enrolment when it receives evidence from SLC that the loan and means tested grant amounts cover the cost of course fees.
Students who have not applied for a loan or grant must pay full fees at enrolment.
3 Fee Liability
All students must complete a fee liability form at the time of enrolment. If the Student Loans Company withdraws support for a student as a result of the student’s withdrawal or other change in circumstances, a student will be liable for any recalled amount in addition to any outstanding tuition and exam fees as per the following tables:
|Year 1 Attendance dates||Course Fee Chargeable||SLC Maximum Contribution||Student Fee Liability if SLC Pay Maximum Contribution|
|Year 2/3 Attendance Dates||Course Fee Chargeable||SLC Maximum Contribution||Student Fee Liability if SLC Pay Maximum Contribution|
Please see our section for EU Students who are studying in Northern Ireland.
Part-time HE students are eligible for funding for tuition fees and living costs just like their full-time peers. Part-time HE is designed to be flexible, and so are your finance options!.
To download the Quick Guide to Part-time HE Finance, please click here.
These are supplementary allowances available to students who may have extra expenses, as a direct result of their disability, arising from attending a higher education course. The allowances are to help students benefit fully from their course; they are not based on household income.
To apply, you must first make contact with the DSA officer at your EA regional office They will determine your eligibility and provide details of where you can choose to have your Needs Assessment carried out. You should then contact the Learning Support Officer at the college, this person will make arrangements to assess your needs, arising from your disability, in following the course.
The application for DSA will then be made through your adviser to the Education Authority. It must be supported by evidence (e.g. from a doctor or educational psychologist), recommendations on the form of support needed and costs. Further details are available at Student Finance NI.
If a full-time or part-time HE student is in hardship and needs extra financial support, SRC can provide financial assistance through its Support Funds.
All students over 18 years on 1 July 2021 or turning 18 during the 2021/22 academic year who are in financial hardship, may apply to the Hardship Fund for financial assistance.
Part-time HE students may receive a Fee Grant of up to £1,230 depending on how intensive the course is and a course grant of up to £265 towards books, travel expenses and other course costs. This is means tested on household income. EU students may only get a fees allowance. Students should complete a PTG1 Form which is signed by the College and returned to their local Education and Library Board. This form can be obtained from any SRC Campus Reception or online via www.studentfinanceni.co.uk. New tuition fee loan introduced for new and continuing part time HE students of up to £3,206.25 for academic year 2021/2022. Applications available from May 2021.
Where a student is sponsored by an organisation, a letter of confirmation, or the appropriate employer liability form (EF1), is required to enable enrolment and registration to take place. Organisations and employers who sponsor students are liable for the full cost of the course fee – there are no concessions. Late payments may be charged interest and non-payers will have legal proceedings taken against them to recover outstanding fees together with any administrative costs incurred.
If the student leaves the sponsor’s employment after the start date of the course, the fee liability remains with the sponsor. If the student leaves the sponsor’s employment before the course starts, the sponsor should notify the College in writing, before the course starts, to withdraw their support. In these cases, the course fee liability will transfer to the student. If the College is not notified in writing in advance of the start date the fee liability remains with the sponsor. The one exception to this concerns the payment of the part-time tuition fees by Student Finance NI which by regulation is only liable to pay the reduced tuition fee if applicable
SRC part-time HE course fees for 2021/22 are calculated as indicated below:
- £2.10 per hour x Number of taught hours per week x Number of weeks
These course fees are reviewed annually and are normally calculated in line with inflation but may also be subject to charges applied by central government and awarding bodies. The tuition fees for Southern Regional College HE part-time courses 2021/22 are listed on the individual HE course information pages from the end of May each year.
Full fees are due at enrolment but part-time HE students with a household income below £16,842 may pay a minimum of £100 or 25% of the full fee. Students on a low income who are not eligible for any other source of funding can discuss alternative arrangements, including instalment plans, with the Student Finance staff. If the student is not eligible for support they must pay the full fee at enrolment. When the College receives payment from the Education Authority (EA), then a refund will be processed for the deposit to be returned to the student. If the College does not receive payment from the Education Authority (EA), the student is still responsible for the payment of the outstanding fees.