Higher Education Finance
Please find below the tuition fees for Higher Education courses. Scholarships will be available for some students.These fees do not apply to existing students. Continuing students can get their latest course fee information from HE Operations.
All University Centre Colchester (UCC) students should confirm their eligibility for new or continuing student fees by referring to the University Centre Colchester (UCC) Fee Policy below. The Fee Policy also contains information with regards to payment schedules.
For further information please contact Registry (01206) 712555.
If you are attending, or are hoping to attend, a Higher Education course and you require advice on any of the following; the Student Services Finance Adviser may be able to help you.
- Applications to the Student Loan Company for Loans and Grants
- Advice on student funding including University Centre Colchester scholarships
- Hardship Funds
- Self-financing or work supported study.
We encourage you to apply for a full-time loan as soon as possible, even if your place is not yet confirmed.
To learn more about loans and how to apply for a loan please see Student Finance England.
These downloadable guides include information on:
- Money you may be entitled to
- How and when your money will be paid
- Repayment examples an example of repayments rates for when earn above the threshold after graduating.
Student Finance England’s new Postgraduate Loan application service is now open! If you plan to take a postgraduate master’s course from 1 August 2016, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.
The loan isn’t means tested, so is not dependent on your income or your family’s income. The quickest and easiest way for students to apply is online at: https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
For further information on Postgraduate Loans, students can visit SFE’s student finance zone on The Student Room which has been updated with a dedicated Postgraduate Loan section and includes answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Under current government legislation Hardship Funds have been established to provide discretionary support to certain categories of student. If subsequent to starting your course you find that financial circumstances may prevent you from continuing to attend a full-time or part-time higher education or sandwich course, then you may be eligible for financial support from the Hardship Fund.
Further information can be obtained from the Student Finance Adviser at University Centre Colchester.
Self-funded or Sponsored Students
We accept payments by instalment using FlexED. This is ideal for students who may be doing a 2nd degree, a self-funded postgraduate course or who is being sponsored by their employer.
Please click here to find out more about FledEx or speak to our team, for more information about out how this method of payment can work for you.
Career Development Loans
If you do not qualify for student finance, e.g 2nd Degree or post graduate study you may be able to apply for a Career Development Loan.
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans used to pay for courses and training that may help with your progressing your career or helping get you into work.
A government initiative, you may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Subject to terms and conditions.
Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview for more information on terms and conditions.
We also accept the ELC credits from the Ministry of Defense The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.
ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England and Wales).
Please speak to our team who are able to process the claim for using your credits at University Centre Colchester.
University Centre Colchester Support Bursary
New students commencing a degree programme with University Centre Colchester are eligible for a £1,000 cash support bursary per year (pro rata payment for part time students). The cash support bursary, which is linked to continuing attendance and success on programme, will be awarded for each year of study for a maximum of three years (totalling £3,000).
In 2017/18 the cash bursary will be paid in three equal instalments during November 2017, February 2018 and May 2018.
More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.
University Centre Colchester Further Education Progression (FEP) Bursary
From 2017/18 students progressing from Level 3 programmes at Colchester Institute in 2016/17 onto a degree programme with University Centre Colchester will be eligible for an enhanced progression bursary of £1,500 per year (pro rata payment for part time students). The progression bursary, which is linked to continuing attendance and success on programme, will be awarded for each year of study for a maximum of three years (totalling £4,500).
In 2017/18 the bursary will be paid in three equal instalments in November 2017, February 2018 and May 2018.
More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.
University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship
The University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship (UCCTS) has been created by University Centre Colchester to help eligible students from low income households with the costs of attending higher education study. The UCCTS is in addition to any other loans and grants that students might receive. Applicants will be required to meet qualifying criteria and apply through their student loan application.
Travel Scheme Benefits
For full time students the scholarship normally comprises a £500 travel payment in the first year of study.
For part time students the scholarship comprises a pro-rata travel payment in the first year of study.
To find out further information about the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship, including eligibility criteria please see the link below.
How to Apply
To apply for the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship complete the application form and send to the University Centre Colchester (UCC) Admissions Department. The final date for applications for the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship is the 1st December 2017. No applications will be considered after this date for students commencing their studies in 2017.
Travel Scholarship Application Form 2017/18 (pdf)
If you have any queries about the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship please ring 01206 712777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on applying for student finance please go to www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk
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For 2017/18 University Centre Colchester is offering discounts for new students on its postgraduate courses.
The discount will apply to all those holding a full Bachelor’s Degree (gained at either University Centre Colchester or any other UK degree awarding provider).
Eligible courses for the Postgraduate Discount in 2017/18 are:
- MA Education
The discount will be applied at the point of registration. For 2017-18 this will represent the following reduction on the annual tuition fee for the first year of full-time study, or first two years of part-time study, only:
- First Class undergraduate degree 33 per cent
- 2:1 undergraduate degree 25 per cent
- 2:2 undergraduate degree 10 per cent
The discount is not awarded in combination with other University Centre Colchester discounts. If a student is eligible for more than one University Centre Colchester discount, the discount with the greater value will be applied.
NB A copy of degree certificate will be required to obtain the postgraduate discount and University Centre Colchester reserves the right to remove the discount in the event of any fraudulent claim being discovered.
Any learner where there is a commitment from their employer/sponsor to pay their tuition fees in full and have provided a Colchester Institute Employer Authorisation Form to this effect at Registration will be entitled to a tuition fee discount up to 20%.
The fee discount will be removed from the set tuition fees at the point of registration and cannot be used in conjunction with any other fee discount. If said employer/sponsor fails to pay in full the tuition fees owed the student will become liable for payment and the discount will be removed and added to the fees due.
The discount is not awarded in combination with other University Centre Colchester discounts. If a student is eligible for more than one University Centre Colchester discount only the greater is given.
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:
- long-term health condition
- mental health condition
- specific learning difficulty, eg dyslexia
You can get help with the costs of:
- specialist equipment, eg a computer if you need one because of your disability
- non-medical helpers
- extra travel because of your disability
- other disability-related costs of studying