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13th June 2018

York College is delighted the government has announced that many more adult students will now qualify for free education as part of a one year trial being introduced for some courses starting on or after 1st August 2018.

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Under the current rules, adult students must be unemployed and in receipt of benefits to be eligible to study certain courses for free, but under this new scheme these courses will also now be free for most adults who are working and earning under £15,736.50 a year.

This extension of funding is great news for adults who want to study qualifications to help them further their careers or learn new skills but who cannot afford to pay tuition fees. The new funding is available for both day and evening courses and covers a wide variety of subjects at Level 1 and Level 2 including accounting, professional cookery, child studies, construction, health and social care distance learning, as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal at York College says: ‘We know that education is a springboard to better earnings and a better quality of life because we see this every year but frequently people working part time or on low full time wages are prevented from improving their chances because they can’t afford to pay the course fees. So we are delighted that this pilot has been announced and we think it could make a real difference for many people in York and the surrounding area. I would urge anyone on a low wage to contact the College to find out what courses are on offer that could make a difference to their career prospects, and to visit us at our Open Evening on 20th June. They will then be able to talk to expert staff who can advise them on their best next steps and how we can help improve their future prospects. ‘

Students may also need to meet other government-set criteria to be able to qualify for free education. Prospective students will benefit from attending the next York College Open Evening on Wednesday 20th June (6.00pm – 8.00pm) to discuss eligibility with one of the College’s friendly advisors.

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