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Adult Fees

Adult Money

Some of the adult courses available at Sunderland College require you to pay a fee. If you’re unable to cover the cost of this up front we offer a range of options to help you pay for your course.

Fee Remission

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If the course you would like to study has a in the ‘help with costs’ column, then the course could be FREE through fee remission depending on your circumstances.
If you are unemployed, on a low wage and plan to seek a job after the course, or wish to progress onto more sustainable employment, then you may qualify for fee remission, provided you satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • In receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance in a Work Related Activity Group
  • In receipt of Universal Credit and earn less than £330 a month or less than 16 times the national minimum wage a week
  • In receipt of another state benefit not listed above and earn less than £330 a month or less than 16 times the national minimum wage a week
  • Aged 16-18 years of age (undertaking training not related to an Apprenticeship)

If you’re not eligible for Fee Remission, you may be entitled to a Advanced Learner Loan. To find out more about Advanced Learner Loans please click here.

GCSE Maths and English

All GCSE Maths and GCSE English courses are now free to adults.


Free Level 2 and 3 Courses

If you are 19-23 and do not already have a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification you will be able to study on one for free.

Alternatively if you need to attend an Entry/Level 1 course as an essential progression step to your first full Level 2 course, this will also be free.


Payment by Instalment

Where the tuition fee is over £250 and the course lasts more than 20 weeks, instalment options are available. Please bring your credit/debit card to the enrolment session in order to set up your instalment plan.


Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans help people aged 19 and over undertake vocational, technical and professional qualifications in further education at Levels 3 and above. Loans provide a source of fees support for learners, enabling then to reap the personal and financial benefits of their study, which in turn will support the economy.

Most learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 and above, will qualify for these new loans. However, if you are aged 19-23 and have not already achieved a full Level 3 qualification then you may be entitled to full funding for a Level 3 course. Click here to find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.


Other Financial Support

At Sunderland College we also offer financial support for adult students through our Learner Support Fund.

Got a Question?

If you have any further questions about help with adult course fees you can get in touch with our guidance team through the LiveChat system on this page, call our Welfare Team on 0191 511 6000 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) or email studentservices@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk.

The Sunderland College fees policy should be read and understood by all students undertaking a course that incurs a fee.  It is important that all students understand the financial implications detailed in the policy, particularly if they should they fail to organise a student loan or decide to leave their course early.  The policy can be downloaded using the link below.

Please download our full fees policy here.