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Finance and funding

There are many finance options for students choosing to study Higher Education at West Notts. Find out about tuition fees, and whether you’re eligible for finance and funding whilst at college.

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Fees 2019-20

  • Full-time study: £7,000
  • Part-time study: £3,610

Please note: The difference between full-time and part-time status depends on the number of credits that you will be expected to study each semester, not on days and hours you attend college. Some courses may also have an option for both full-time and part-time study.

Please review the course description and options for study.

Other costs

You may also be asked to pay other costs such as material costs, residential fees and library fines in line with your course and college policy.

Payment of fees

You are required to pay your fees on enrolment, unless:

  • you produce a letter from Student Finance England to evidence that tuition fees are being met
  • you produce a letter from your employer confirming that they will pay fees
  • you make arrangements to pay by direct debit instalments.

If at the time of enrolment you do not provide either evidence of sponsorship or acceptance through Student Finance England you will pay a refundable fee of £250. This fee will be refunded if evidence is provided within eight weeks of the date of enrolment. Requirements will be explained to you at enrolment.

Please note: the college does not offer fee remission for any of its HE courses. By enrolling on the course, you are accepting personal responsibility for payment of fees.

Please contact us for further information:

01623 627191

Student loans

If you require it, you are strongly encouraged to apply for student finance as soon as possible. You do not need to wait for a confirmed offer to do this. Student Finance England experiences a high number of applications during the summer months which can cause long delays, so you are advised to submit your application before 31 May.

All applications for Higher Education funding are submitted using the student finance website.

For information and to apply:

Student finance telephone: 0845 300 5090.



The following fees are payable if a student is paying their own fees, or they are being paid by a sponsor:

Date of WithdrawalFees payable
Before 30 Sep£25 Admin fee
1 Oct-31 Oct25% of total fee
1 Nov-29 Feb50% of total fee
After 29 FebFull fee

For students not funded through a sponsor or through the Student Loan Company, an option to pay full time or part time fees in four instalments will be available with equal payments due for collection bi-monthly following payment of a 25% deposit at the point of enrolment.

Students funded through the student loan system via Student Finance England will not receive any refund of monies paid to the College by SFE and will not be liable for any unpaid fees. However, if SFE recovers any amounts received by the College, the College reserves the right to recover those fees from the student.

Exceptions to the policy for the amount of fees liable by the student in the event of withdrawal will only be made on production of a medical certificate which evidences the inability of the student to complete their studies.

Full-time or part-time status


120 credits per year (foundation degree or HND completed in two years, or a top-up degree in one year).


Less than 120 credits per year (HNC completed in two years or an HND or foundation degree in three years).

Full-time course funding

Government loans

Full-time students joining Vision West Nottinghamshire College will be charged for tuition fees in line with government policy. Students will not have to pay the cost of this fee before or whilst studying.

There are government tuition fee loans to cover fees which will not have to be repaid until you have completed the course and are earning over £25,725 per year. Loans are then repaid at 9% of any income above £25,725 until the loan is repaid. Part-time students are also entitled to apply for government loans.

Maintenance loan

As well as the loans available to cover your fees, there are loans available to help with living costs (called 'maintenance loans'). How much you can access depends on where you decide to live and study, as well as your household income.

As an example: For students attending in the 2018-19 academic year, studying at Vision West Nottinghamshire College and living away from your parents’ home, the maximum maintenance loan they can receive is £8,700 per year. If you are studying with us and living with your parents, the maximum maintenance loan you can get is £7,324.

For the latest news on maintenance loans or grants, visit

Part-time course funding

The funding available for part-time students is to help with course fees only. To apply for this, go to the student finance website. Unfortunately Student Finance England (SFE) does not provide any financial support for living costs to part-time students.

Additional support

Support for disabled students

If you have a disability you may be entitled to a Disabled Students' Allowance, which is money to help with costs you incur in attending your course as a direct result of your disability. You won't have to pay any of it back. Please make sure you identify any disabilities or additional support needs to us as soon as possible. This will not impact on your application and there is extensive support available in many cases.

To find out more, visit

Help if you have children or other dependents

Students with children may be able to get a Childcare Grant or a Parents' Learning Allowance to help with the cost of childcare. Students who have an adult who depends on them (other than their adult children) may be able to get an Adult Dependents' Grant.

To find out more, visit

HE Discretionary Fund

This is a discretionary fund to help HE students who need short-term support to remain on their course. Students who meet the criteria may apply for additional help from the college’s HE Discretionary Fund for help with costs such as childcare, travel, materials and resources. Payments from the fund will usually be in the form of non-repayable grants. To access this fund a student must have received help from Student Finance England prior to application.

If you are currently studying an HE course at Vision West Nottinghamshire College and would like to make an application to the HE Discretionary Fund, please call the HE Team:

01623 627191

Other options to pay for your course

Your employer

We will need a letter on headed paper from your employer stating they are paying your full fees.

Paying fees by instalments

You can arrange with our Finance Department to pay fees by direct debit instalments if you are required to pay the full fees.

Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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