On most courses, discounted fees are available for eligible learners.
The fees shown on our website and in our brochure are subsidised by a grant from the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
You will qualify for the subsidised fees if you are aged 19 years or over and are a national of any European Union (EU) country or are the spouse, civil partner or child of an EU national and have been continuously resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for at least the three years before the start of your course.
Please note that for the below:
- Discounts only apply to Community Learning.
- Discounts will not be given for courses of one or two days or full cost recovery courses of any length (course codes ending 'NZA').
- Discounts only apply to the Basic Course Fee. Sundries, Technician and Model costs do not qualify for a discount.
- Only one of the below discounts is applicable at any one time.
Means tested benefits
If you are over 19 years of age, you may claim a 50% discount off of the tuition fees on a maximum of two courses at the same time if, at the time of enrolment, you are in receipt of any of the following:
- Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support
- Carer's Allowance
- Working Tax Credit (with a household income of less than £15,860)
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Universal Credit
We will need to see proof of receipt of your benefits. They must be dated no older than 6 months and valid for the duration of your course.
The 50% discount may also apply to the unwaged partners or dependants of benefit claimants. To qualify, you will need to supply proof of co-residence, eg council tax statement, when you enrol.
We are sorry but this discount cannot be redeemed online.
65 and over discount
If you are 65 years of age or over and not in full-time paid employment on the first day of your course, you may claim a 15% discount off of tuition fees on eligible courses.
Financial Support Fund
The Surrey County Council Surrey Adult Learning Financial Support Fund is a small bursary fund. Grants from the fund are issued on a first-come first-served basis for a maximum of one course, per learner, per term. Since the Financial Support Fund takes into account the 50% benefits discount, successful applicants will only be able to receive one additional course per term using the 50% benefits discount.
All applications will be means tested against the criteria and a decision on entitlement will be made when we have received a fully completed application form and relevant supporting evidence.
To find out if you are eligible and for more information, please call our customer service team on 0300 200 1044. If you are eligible, we will send you a copy of the application form. Proof of income and outgoings will be required.
Surrey Young People's Fund
For those up to the age of 25 financial support from the Community Foundation for Surrey may be available if you are enrolling on a course that will improve your employability skills.
If you require any further advice on our course fees or eligibility for discounts, the staff at our centres or customer service team will always be happy to help.