UCC | Fees and Finance

Tuition FeesStudent FinanceBursariesTravel ScholarshipDiscountsDisabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Please see individual courses for fee listings.

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

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.

UCC Fee Policy 2018/19
If your employer is paying your fees you will need to bring a completed Employer Authorisation Form with you when you enrol:

Employer Instalment Plan
Employer Instalment Plan Terms & Conditions

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.


Hardship Funds

Late Funding Loans
Late Funding Loans Notes for Students
Late Funding Loan Application 17-18

The Late Funding Loan is used to assist home students whose funding, for whatever reason, is not available to them at the beginning of term (excluding the usual 5-7 day delay caused by registration and loan release

Students are required to complete a brief application form and provide evidence to show that they have applied for funding. This evidence can be a letter, online print-out of a screen shot or staff confirmation of online account. Telephone contact with funding provider is also acceptable if necessary.

Loan amounts are based on Income Support figures and are allocated in four week blocks.

Loan amounts for four-weeks are:

£260 for single students/couples

£330 for students with one child (an additional £60 to be added for each additional child)

All loans must be repaid by the end of the academic year, students will not be allowed to progress onto the next year of their course or receive transcripts or degree certificates while there are any outstanding loans.

Should you make a successful application to the main Hardship Fund, your Late Funding Loan may be deducted from your eventual award.

Application forms can be collected from Student Services, B Block Ground Floor.

Hardship Fund (HF)
Hardship Application 17-18
Hardship Fund Notes

The University Hardship Fund aims to assist students who experience unexpected financial difficulties due to circumstances which could not have been predicted at the start of their course.

Students must demonstrate the following in their application:

  • How their financial situation has changed since their studies began.
  • Why these changes are unexpected and could not have been predicted at the start of their course.
  • What steps they are taking to find alternative funding. Students in the early years of their course must demonstrate that they have thought about how they are going to fund the rest of their studies.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students can apply to the Hardship Fund (HF) if they are experiencing unexpected and unforeseeable financial difficulties.
  • Students must be enrolled on a University of Essex degree programme or a Pearson HNC/HND award.
  • Students must fulfil the residency criteria as described in sections A and B of the application form
  • Undergraduate students must have taken the full amount of student loan to which they are entitled before they can apply to the Hardship Fund – this means that they must have been financially assessed. The only exception to this is where students have not been financially assessed because their household income is over the income threshold for means-tested support.  In this case students must provide evidence of their household income (i.e. P60’s, wage slips, etc.)
  • Awards will not normally be made to students whose situation is financially unsustainable unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Panel needs to be assured that students have sufficient funding in place for the remainder of their course.

How does the Panel define unexpected circumstances?

The following circumstances are not considered unexpected and will not result in an award:

  • students who, in the opinion of the Committee, had inadequate funding at the outset of their course;
  • students who are unable to obtain paid employment unless a contract was in place prior to commencing their studies;
  • students who require assistance with childcare costs, where this has not been taken into account at the start of their studies. It is expected that all students will have made full provision for themselves and their family before beginning their studies. Assistance cannot be given to students who need to increase their childcare because they have underestimated their study needs;
  • students who need assistance in repaying debts which were in existence prior to start of their course. It is expected that students will have taken these into account when deciding whether they can afford their studies;
  • assistance will not normally be given to support maternity or paternity leave for children born whilst a student is on course, unless there are exceptional circumstances;
  • students who require funding to replace damaged or stolen belongings will be expected to report losses to the police and make any insurance claims before applying to the University Hardship Fund;
  • students whose parents or sponsors have allegedly withdrawn their support unless there are exceptional circumstances.

What is the application procedure and deadlines?

Students should contact Student Services to request an application form and discuss their application. Completed application forms should be submitted by the student to Student Services as soon as possible and by the appropriate deadline listed below.

Applications are considered by the Panel, which meets termly. The relevant dates are listed below:

Term Application deadline Committee meeting
1 24th November 2017 4th December 2017
2 16th March 2018 24th March 2018
3 11th May 2018 25th May 2018


 Submitting your application

Before Colchester Institute will consider your application to the Hardship Fund we require you to take the following steps:

  1. Seek advice and assistance from Citizens Advice Bureau about your financial situation
  2. Seek advice from the National Debt Agency (if you have debts)
  3. Research charities that may be able to help i.e. Turn2Us.org.uk
  4. Be in or able to evidence that you are actively seeking paid employment
  5. Complete the Money Management Development Modules available from Student Services

Please provide evidence of the above with your application. If the above steps are not evidenced in your application it will not be assessed and a decision will be delayed.

In addition to the evidence above, on the back page of the application form is a list of documents you will need to submit with your completed application form.


How are students notified of the outcome?

The outcome of an application will be sent via email to the student.  Payment of any award will be made directly to the student, to the account specified in their application.


If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of their application, they must submit an appeal in writing within 14 days of the date of the decision letter. Letters should be addressed to the Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality at Colchester Institute.

An appeal must either:

(i) Contain new or more detailed information relating to the applicant’s situation which was not available to them at the time of their original application.  Applicants must be able to provide compelling reasons why the information was not available in the first instance, or

(ii) Dispute the application decision by demonstrating that the decision was procedurally flawed, for example that the decision was not taken in accordance with the funding criteria.

The results of the appeal will be sent to the student within 28 days of receipt of the appeal.

Crisis loan/Award
Crisis Fund Application Form 17-18

It is possible, in urgent cases, to apply for a Crisis Loan/Award for the Panel to consider between meetings for the Hardship Fund.

Awards will be made in kind (e.g. bus pass). No cash awards will be made unless there are exceptional circumstances and in these instances approval will be required from the Panel.

Students must provide evidence from tutor confirming that the funds applied for are essential to student completing their chosen course.

Self-funded or Sponsored Students

We accept payments by instalment using recurring card payments. 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 speak to our registry 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.

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).


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

Extra money towards university and you don’t have to pay it back!

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

Full-time Students
For full time students the scholarship normally comprises a £500 travel payment in the first year of study.

Part-time Students
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.

University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship 2017 (pdf)

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 uccadmissions@colchester.ac.uk. For more information on applying for student finance please go to www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk

Postgraduate Discount

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:

  • PGCE
  • 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.

Employer Discount

 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

More information is available from the DSA website. The non-medical help services available from Colchester Institute, and their rates, are shown here

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