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Finance and funding

There are many finance options for students choosing to study Higher Education at West Notts. Find out about tuition fees, and whether you’re eligible for finance and funding whilst at college.

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Fees 2017-18

  • Full-time study: £5,950
  • Part-time study: £3,150

Fees 2018-19

  • Full-time study: £6,750
  • Part-time study: £3,500

Please note: The difference between full-time and part-time status depends on the number of credits that you will be expected to study each semester, not on days and hours you attend college. Some courses may also have an option for both full-time and part-time study.

Please review the course description and options for study.

Other costs

You may also be asked to pay other costs such as material costs, residential fees and library fines in line with your course and college policy.

Payment of fees

You are required to pay your fees on enrolment, unless:

  • you produce a letter from Student Finance England to evidence that tuition fees are being met
  • you produce a letter from your employer confirming that they will pay fees
  • you make arrangements to pay by direct debit instalments.

If at the time of enrolment you do not provide either evidence of sponsorship or acceptance through Student Finance England you will pay a refundable fee of £250. This fee will be refunded if evidence is provided within eight weeks of the date of enrolment. Requirements will be explained to you at enrolment.

Please note: the college does not offer fee remission for any of its HE courses. By enrolling on the course, you are accepting personal responsibility for payment of fees.

Please contact us for further information:

01623 627191

Student loans

If you require it, you are strongly encouraged to apply for student finance as soon as possible. You do not need to wait for a confirmed offer to do this. Student Finance England experiences a high number of applications during the summer months which can cause long delays, so you are advised to submit your application before 31 May.

All applications for Higher Education funding are submitted using the student finance website.

For information and to apply:

Student finance telephone: 0845 300 5090.


Full-time or part-time status

Full-time: 120 credits per year (foundation degree or HND completed in two years, or a top-up degree in one year).

Part-time: less than 120 credits per year (HNC completed in two years or an HND or foundation degree in three years).

Full-time course funding

Government loans

Full-time students joining Vision West Nottinghamshire College will be charged for tuition fees in line with government policy. Students will not have to pay the cost of this fee before or whilst studying.

There are government tuition fee loans to cover fees which will not have to be repaid until you have completed the course and are earning over £21,000 per year. Loans are then repaid at 9% of any income above £21,000 until the loan is repaid. Part-time students are also entitled to apply for government loans.

Maintenance grants

The amount of support you will receive will depend on household income. If that income is £25,000 or less, you will be eligible for a full grant worth £3,354 over a 3 year course, that’s over £12,000 which you won’t have to repay. Partial grants will be available for those with a household income of between £25,001 and £42,620.

Maintenance loan

As well as the loans available to cover your fees, there are loans available to help with living costs (called 'maintenance loans'). How much you can access depends on where you decide to live and study, as well as your household income.

If you are studying at Vision West Nottinghamshire College and living away from your parents’ home, the maximum Maintenance Loan you can receive is £5,740 per year. If you are studying with us and living with your parents, the maximum Maintenance Loan you can get is £4,565.

For the latest news on maintenance loans or grants, visit

Part-time course funding

The funding available for part-time students is to help with course fees only. To apply for this, go to the student finance website. Unfortunately Student Finance England (SFE) does not provide any financial support for living costs to part-time students.

Additional support

Support for disabled students

If you have a disability you may be entitled to a Disabled Students' Allowance, which is money to help with costs you incur in attending your course as a direct result of your disability. You won't have to pay any of it back. Please make sure you identify any disabilities or additional support needs to us as soon as possible. This will not impact on your application and there is extensive support available in many cases.

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Help if you have children or other dependents

Students with children may be able to get a Childcare Grant or a Parents' Learning Allowance to help with the cost of childcare. Students who have an adult who depends on them (other than their adult children) may be able to get an Adult Dependents' Grant.

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HE Discretionary Fund

This is a discretionary fund to help HE students who need short-term support to remain on their course. Students who meet the criteria may apply for additional help from the college’s HE Discretionary Fund for help with costs such as childcare, travel, materials and resources. Payments from the fund will usually be in the form of non-repayable grants. To access this fund a student must have received help from Student Finance England prior to application.

If you are currently studying an HE course at Vision West Nottinghamshire College and would like to make an application to the HE Discretionary Fund, please call the HE Team:

01623 627191

Other options to pay for your course

Your employer

We will need a letter on headed paper from your employer stating they are paying your full fees.

Paying fees by instalments

You can arrange with our Finance Department to pay fees by direct debit instalments if you are required to pay the full fees.

Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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