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Higher Education at York College

Find out more about the costs and funding involved with HE.


Our fees are £7,200 for a full time course and between £5750 - £7,200 for a HNC or HND programme. So you could save £5,000 in tuition fees over the three years of an Honours Degree course compared with some universities.

For specific HNC/D course costs please contact the InfoZone on 01904 770770 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Finance, Fees & Funding

Tuition fees go towards the cost of your course and allow the College to provide the resources, staff contact and support you need and deserve. Fees are for the academic year 2018/19 unless otherwise stated.

Student Maintenance Support

Full-time undergraduate and PGCE students may be entitled to government support in the form of a maintenance loan, the maximum you are eligible for will be dependent on household income. There is no student maintenance support available through student finance for students on Access courses.

Please note: you will not receive your funds before the start of term, so you will need to have sufficient funds available to cover all your expenses during this time and until your maintenance support has cleared in your bank account.

Undergraduate Higher Education students

Depending on your previous qualifications and residency history, you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to help with the fees for your full or part-time higher education degree. If you choose to take out a tuition fee loan, you will not have to pay any upfront fees. Student Finance will pay the tuition fee on your behalf directly to the College. If you are a full time or part-time student, you should have already applied for a tuition fee loan for the academic year 2018/19 via Student Finance:

  • Student Finance England
  • Student Finance Wales
  • Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
  • Student Finance NI

Student Finance will send you a financial notification letter to confirm your funding. You may apply, if you wish, for a partial tuition fee loan and in this case, your financial notification letter will tell you how much you will need to pay to the College.

Access students

Depending on your residency history, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees for your Access course. If you choose to take out an Advanced Learner Loan, you will not have to pay any upfront fees. Student Finance will pay the tuition fee on your behalf directly to the College. Details of how to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan are included in your Learning and Funding Information letter and you can visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan for information about the loan and to apply. You may apply, if you wish, for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover part of your tuition fees, and in this case, you will need to arrange to pay the balance to the College.

Paying Tuition Fees

If you do not have a tuition fee loan or are ineligible for one, you will be required to pay your tuition fees in accordance with the payment terms of the College. Your fees can be paid by direct debit, cash, cheque or credit/ debit card and you can pay:

  • In person at the Finance Desk (08.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday)
  • By calling 01904 770495 to pay by credit or debit card (08.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday)
  • By post; please make cheques payable to York College and send to us at the address on the back of this guide

Please write your name, telephone number, student reference and course name on the back of any cheques.

Can My Employer or Other Organisation Pay My Tuition Fees?

Yes. If your employer or other organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees, York College will invoice them for the appropriate amount. (Please note that parents, family and friends are excluded from this category. If they assist with your fees, you are classified as self-financing and must pay the fees accordingly).

What Happens if I Have Not Yet Received Confirmation About My Loan From Student Finance?

If you have applied to Student Finance for a loan, but you have not received your confirmation by the time of your enrolment, you just need to bring the latest correspondence you have received. If you have not yet applied, or you need help with the application process, please contact the Funding Team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01904 770443.

Hardship Funding

If you find yourself facing financial difficulty during your course, you may be able to apply to the College for additional support. Please contact the Funding Team if you would like more information.

Failure to Pay

Failure to pay your fees will delay your enrolment and could jeopardise your place on the course. Opting to pay in instalments commits you to paying for the full course even in the event of you being unable to continue your studies. If you are experiencing difficulties paying your fees you must contact the Finance Department straight away on 01904 770495 and they will make every effort to help you.

Whatever you do, if you have financial problems, do not bury your head in the sand! Face up to any problems as soon as possible to stop them from growing into financial monsters. If you have money worries, you can book an appointment with the Funding Team or access an advice agency such as the Citizens Advice Bureau www.yorkcab.org.uk.

York College Bursary

York College has committed to providing a Bursary Scheme which all eligible higher education students starting their course in September 2019 can apply to. If you are successful, you will receive a one-off payment of £600 to help with the initial costs of settling into your programme, for example, you could use your bursary to help pay for travel costs or buy essential equipment for your course.

The Higher Education Bursary is split into three separate bursaries:

  • Care Leavers Bursary
  • Student Carer Bursary
  • Financial Assistance Bursary

Eligibility for the Care Leaver and Student Carer bursaries are not based on your household income, but you will need to provide evidence of your situation. The Financial Assistance bursary will normally be assessed alongside your application to Student Finance England and you will not need to complete an additional form.