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Please see individual courses for fee listings.

Tuition Fees for new students for the 2019-2020 Academic Year have been reduced from those previously published on all courses which show this symbol:

Continuing students can get their latest course fee information from Academic Services.

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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.

What if my employer is paying my fees?

If your employer is paying your fees you will need to bring a completed Employer Authorisation Form with you when you enrol:

For further information please contact Registry (01206) 712555.

Finance Overview

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.

Student Loans

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.

Full Time Study Loans (New Students)
Full Time Study Loans (Continuing Students)
Part Time Study Loans

Postgraduate Loans

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.

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ELCAS Credits

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).

http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/

Please speak to our team who are able to process the claim for using your credits at University Centre Colchester.

University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship Bursary 2019/20

The University Centre Colchester Travel Bursary has been created by University Centre Colchester to help eligible students from low income households with the costs of attending higher education study. The travel bursary is in addition to any other loans and grants that students might receive.

The Travel Bursary will be offered to new students commencing undergraduate courses in September 2019.

For full time students the bursary normally comprises of a £500 travel payment in the first year of study.

For part time students the scholarship comprises a pro-rata travel payment in their first year of study.

To apply for the Travel Bursary students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be ordinarily resident in England and eligible for UK home fees;
  • Have an annual declared household income of £25,000 or less;
  • Register for a Bachelors or Foundation degree, Cert Ed, Cert HE, Dip HE, or PGCE at University Centre Colchester with first enrolment in 2019/20;
  • Be enrolling for the first year of your higher education study at University Centre Colchester;
  • Apply to Student Finance England for student finance.

You are not eligible for the Travel Bursary regardless of meeting the above criteria if you are:

  • A student directly continuing from one course to another (for example from a foundation degree or HND on to the final year of your honours degree);
  • A student transferring to University Centre Colchester on any year of study other than year one from another institution;
  • Any student whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement or is in receipt of a fee waiver/discount.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The bursary is intended to provide support with travel to the college or other locations required by the course.
  • University Centre Colchester will provide the travel payment in the form of a bus pass, rail card or valid ticket reimbursement.
  • No cash alternatives will be offered for the travel payment.
  • Applicants must be able to provide evidence of meeting the conditions of the scholarship (household income).
  • Applicants will only be approved if they provide adequate proof to the Student Finance England regarding their household income and agree to share this with University Centre Colchester.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the 2019/20 University Centre Colchester Travel Bursary are now being accepted. You can download the application form below:

To apply please complete the UCC Travel Bursary application form and email a copy to uccadmissions@colchester.ac.uk

Or  post a copy to UCC Admissions, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LL

The final date for applications for the University Centre Colchester Travel Bursary is the 1st December 2019. No applications will be considered after this date for students commencing their studies in 2019.

If you have any queries about the UCCTB please ring (01206) 712432 or email uccadmissions@colchester.ac.uk

Postgraduate Discount

For 2019/20 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 2019/20 are:

  • PGCE
  • MA Education

The discount will be applied at the point of registration. For 2019/20 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:  20 %
  • 2:1 undergraduate degree:  15 %
  • 2:2 undergraduate degree:  10 %

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.

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

More information is available from the DSA website.

Colchester Institute Foundation Trust

Colchester Institute Foundation Trust (CIFT) is an independent charity which raises funds to benefit students residing in the catchment areas served by Colchester Institute, including students studying Further Education, Higher Education and Apprenticeships.

The principle purpose of CIFT is to benefit Colchester Institute / University Centre Colchester students who are experiencing financial hardship to the extent that they are struggling to participate at College / University and complete or achieve their qualifications.

In most cases students should first approach the College / UCC to see if funded support is available to them after which they can then submit an application to CIFT, see application form below,

Colchester Institute Foundation Trust awards can only be considered where a student can demonstrate commitment to their chosen course of study, some evidence of their financial circumstances, and that the impact of the award could mean the difference between them staying on the course or having to withdraw.

Please note that CIFT awards cannot be made for tuition fees.

Support for Apprentices

As apprentices are classed as being in full time employment, the College is unable to use government funds to support their expenses, this group of students are often the ones most in need of financial assistance as they, and their families, are unable to claim most state benefits. CIFT actively encourage applications from Apprentices.

Direct Solutions Travel Bursary

As part of the CIFT support for Apprentices there is a discrete bursary set aside for apprentices who would benefit from support with the costs of travelling to work and / or College. Please apply on the standard application form below.

Apply for an award from CIFT
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