Part-time Higher Education
SRC part-time HE course fees are calculated using an hourly rate. These fees are reviewed annually and any increase in costs are normally in line with inflation but may also be subject to charges applied by central government and/or awarding bodies.
The tuition fees for part-time HE courses for 2022/23 are listed on the individual HE course information pages.
Full fees are due at enrolment but part-time HE students who obtain an award notice (grant or loan) from the Student Loans Company (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 have applied for a grant or 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.
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 EA, the student is still responsible for the payment of the outstanding fees.
Students who have not applied for a loan or grant must pay full fees at enrolment.
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 ‘PTL1 Form’ which is signed by the College and returned to their local Education Authority. This form can be obtained from any SRC campus reception or downloaded online at www.studentfinanceni.co.uk.
New and continuing part-time HE students can also apply for a Student Loan Company Tuition Fee Loan of up to £3,120 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 aged 18 years or over whose circumstances have changed since enrolment and find themselves in Financial Hardship, may receive help from the SRC Hardship Fund only if they have exhausted all other sources of finance. Students should complete a Hardship Fund application form and return to Campus Services on their campus. Applications will only be accepted when fully completed and supported with all the relevant evidence attached and signed off by the course tutor. Hardship Fund is an exhaustible fund.
Part time students may be entitled to a partial refund of fees for Certified courses if they meet the criteria below:
- Student aged 18 years old or over can apply, or students can apply on or after their 18th birthday.
- Must not be repeating and show academic progression. All forms must be signed by the course tutor.
- Household income between £22,930 and £33,950 could be eligible for assistance with fees paid and also maintenance support.
- Student must pay tuition and exam/registration fees at time of enrolment. Student can complete a Part-Time Fees Assistance Form to claim percentage refund for fees paid.
- In exceptional circumstances where a student cannot pay fees upfront, the student must speak with the Campus Services Coordinator.
- Courses that are 6 hours or more per week, may receive money towards travel. Students must fully complete the course related needs assessment section of the application.
- HE students may be entitled to travel costs only from the Hardship Fund.
- Students in receipt of EMA may be eligible for equipment costs for their course.
- Receipts must be provided and verified by your tutor, for equipment purchased for your course i.e. Hairdressing and Beauty Kits.
Please note, hardship payments are dependent on student attendance.
Find out more at http://hardship.src.ac.uk/ (link only available within College).
Full-time and part-time HE students who seek additional support as a result of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty are required to make an application for ‘Disabled Students’ Allowance’ (DSA) before the College can put support arrangements in place.
Please note, it is essential that you apply for DSA prior to commencing your course so that your support can be made available upon commencement of your course.
Students must apply for DSA to their local Education Authority. DSA can help with the cost of a non-medical helper (e.g. mentor or note taker), items of specialist equipment, travel and other course-related costs.