Adult Learners – Further Education Fee Payment Options

Payment Options for all Further Education Fee Payers

The College is delighted to be able to offer a choice of how you pay your course fees.

Course fees are payable in advance so that the services which we provide shall have been paid for prior to the provision of those services. All students are advised to read the Colchester Institute Further Education Fee Policy prior to enrolment for full guidance regarding fees, payment methods and the refund criteria.

The 2021/2022 Further Education Fee policy can be found at

Payment in full in advance

Payment should be made in full at the time of enrolment. Acceptable payment methods include Debit Card and Credit Card (excluding American Express). Please note that we are no longer able to accept cash or cheque payments.


If your total course fees exceed £200 you may choose to pay your fees on a monthly payment plan basis. You must sign an official agreement with Colchester Institute to arrange a monthly payment plan, with a clearly stipulated timetable ensuring all fees are paid in full within six months of the start of your course. If the duration of the course is less than six months all fees are to be paid prior to the planned end date.

In order to set up a monthly payment plan, you will be required to pay 40% of the course fee at the time of enrolment or £500, whichever is the lower. The monthly instalment payments will also be set up at the point of enrolment, or if you are enrolling using our online enrolment process, a member of our Finance team will contact you to set up the instalment plan after you have submitted your online enrolment.

Failure to fulfil any terms and conditions of an instalment agreement shall result in you becoming immediately liable for the full outstanding balance and you may not be entitled to pay any future fees by instalments. Please download and save the form below, then fill it in and sign it. These forms can either be emailed to prior to enrolment, or if you are completing an online enrolment you can upload these documents during the enrolment process.

Advanced Learner Loan (Students aged 19+ and studying a Level 3 or 4 qualification) 

If your chosen course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, we will provide you with a Funding and Information letter, with all of the details on how to apply.

Further details are available at

If you have already applied for an Advanced Learner Loan and received confirmation from the Student Loan Company that the loan has been approved, please bring this with you to enrolment.

If you have not received confirmation of your approved loan by enrolment, you will be required to pay a non-refundable £50 deposit to secure your place on the course. Once your loan is approved, the £50 will be offset against your loan amount (excluding learners studying Access to Higher Education courses).

Employer paying

If your Employer is paying your course fees, 40% of the fee or £500 (whichever is lower) will be payable at enrolment, or prior to enrolment via the Online Store.

This can be paid by clicking on the following link and selecting Employer Deposit. Please note that your employer will be required to enter your student number (which can be found on your enrolment information letter) or your name and date of birth.

On your enrolment day, you must bring with you an Employer Authorisation Form and Terms & Conditions completed by your Employer, along with the Deposit Payment, or receipt of an online deposit payment in order for your enrolment to be processed. Please download and save these forms then fill them in and sign them. These forms can either be emailed to prior to enrolment, or if you are completing an online enrolment you can upload these documents during the enrolment process.