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How much will my course cost?

On each individual course listing, you can see how much the course costs and whether funding is available. You can also find details of any additional equipment you may need. 



What does the course fee cover?

Fees comprise of a tuition fee and examination/registration fee for first attempts, in line with College fees policy. You will be required to meet the costs of any re-sit examinations or additional exam-related costs that you incur. In certain circumstances, remission or help with the fees/costs may be given to you. 

How do I pay for my course?

Fees are due at the time of enrolment, and can be paid by cash, cheque (payable to Milton Keynes College), or credit card. You may be able to pay fees in instalments by standing order where the total due is over £600, or you are in receipt of a student loans company letter (Advanced Learner Loan). 


 Funding your study

There are a number of options available to assist you in financing your studies. Check what you could be entitled to below. 


 Level 1 entitlement:  Applicants who do not hold a Level 2 qualification but wish to do so in the future may be eligible to free tuition to achieve a Level 1 qualification. You may be eligible if you are:

  • Aged 19-23
  • A home fee payer
  • Intend to commit to a full Level 2 qualification
  • Do not currently hold a full Level 2 qualification
 Level 2 entitlement:  Applications aged 19-23 who do not already have a Level 2 qualification** or equivalent, may be entitled to free tuition to achieve a full Level 2 qualification. 

**Level 2 qualifications include: 5 GCSE's grade A-C, 5 O Levels, 2 AS Levels/1 A Level, 5 CSE's grade 1, NVQ Level 2, Edexcel or BTEC First Diploma, OCR/RSA Diploma, GNVQ Intermediate, City & Guilds Part 2 qualifications or equipment. 

 Level 3 entitlement: Applicants aged 19-23 who do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, may be entitled to free tuition to gain a Level 3 qualification. 


If you think you may be eligible, please contact the Admissions and Enrolments team on 01908 684551. Please note that all funding is subject to change as per the ESFA funding rules. 

Study now, pay later

Have all the benefits of gaining the qualification without any of the upfront fees. (Not subject to means testing or credit checks.)


Advanced Learner Loans can be taken out if you are:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • A UK resident for over three years
  • Studying a Level 3, 4, 5, or 6 qualification 

You will only have to pay the loan back when you are in full-time employment and earning over £25,000 per year. In the event that you have a loan and leave the course you will be responsible for paying the remainder of the course fees. 


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Funding University-Level study

When studying a University-Level qualification there are two main associated costs; tuition fees and living costs. Tuition fees are dependent on the qualification you study and the tuition fees charged by the College can be found on the individual course listing. Living costs are the associated costs of studying and include expenses such as books, rent and travel. Although higher education may seem expensive, there are lots of funding options to help you while you study. 


Tuition Fee Loans are available to UK and EU full-time and part-time students from Student Finance England and are only repayable after you graduate and earn over £25,000 a year. This loan is paid directly to the college or university in instalments throughout the year to cover your course fees. Outstanding loans not repaid will be written off after 30 years from when you're due to start making payments.


A Maintenance Loan is available from Student Finance England to help with living costs such as rent, food, books, travel and such expenses while studying. The amount available depends on where you live, where you study and your annual household income. You don't pay it back until after you graduate and earn over £25,000 a year. An extra Maintenance Loan may also be available to individuals that meet certain criteria. 


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Progress your career with a Professional Career Development Loan (CDL)

CDLs are a bank loan of £300-£10,000 that may help pay for work-related learning. They help support the costs of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work.)


The government pays the interest on the loan during your course and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees, or costs, such as living expenses. They can also be used to supplement other forms of support, such as grants and bursaries. 


CDLs are a commercial loan product and therefore should only be considered once all other student funding options have been investigated. Find out more at

Sponsorship & Refunds 

If you are looking to request funding from your organisation for training, we are happy to support you with this. From help writing a business case, to supporting you to showcase the benefits training could bring to your organisation, get in touch by submitting an enquiry form  here to find out more. 


If your organisation is funding your study with us, you will need to provide a company headed letter or a company cheque at enrolment. 


When it comes to refunds, we hope that we won't have to issue them but occasionally the College may need to cancel a course for reasons beyond our control. In the event of this, any payment made will be refunded. If you choose to leave a course, you will be liable for the fees for the whole course, including the balance of any Advanced Learner Loan tuition fees. 


College bursaries

At Milton Keynes College there are a range of financial support options awarded on the basis of need, including help with financing childcare and travel.

A bursary could be available to students aged 19+ whose annual income does not exceed £28,000* (parental income will not be taken into account, but the income of any spouse or co-habiting partner will be.)


This bursary may be available to assist with the cost of travel, meals kit and other associated course costs. A childcare bursary may be available to assist you with childcare costs if you are aged 20 or over. 


*Please note that the qualifying criteria for bursaries are not fixed and can change each academic year based on available funding. 


For further information please contact the Student Funds and Bursary team on 01908 684364 / 637326 or The Student Funds and Bursary team can also advise on a range of issues such as benefit claims, accommodation queries, financial matters and sources of help. 

Looking to get back into work?

If you're seeking employment, we have a range of courses available to support you to develop the skills needed to get back into the workplace.


From English and maths to distance learning courses in care, customer service and business admin, get in touch to discuss your options by submitting an enquiry form online  here  or contact us on 01908 684 548. 


Need support with your studies?

Support is available for students with medical, sensory, physical conditions, learning difficulties and disabilities. We are happy to discuss any personal requirements to ensure that support is provided. To ensure you receive the right level of support, disclose a support need when applying.


To contact the Additional Learning Support Team call 01908 684119 or make an enquiry  here

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