Course Fees Policy
Information on course fees policies can all be found on this page, including information on funded and non-funded courses, payment options and details regarding refunds. Please use the links below to access information on each area of interest.
Higher Education Fees
The Higher Education tuition fee for the 2020/21 Academic Year will range from £7,200 to £8,200 for a full-time course. Please call the Information, Advice & Guidance Team on 01278 441234 for specific course fees.
Please ensure that the correct fee is quoted when completing application forms for Tuition Fee Loans or Grants from the Student Finance England.
These fees relate to the 2020/21 academic year only, there will be an increase for future academic years, of which notification will be given accordingly.
Fees are subject to review annually. The fees for existing students may be increased annually in line with the Retail Price Index.
Students who are in Receipt of Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance
Students receiving any form of funding towards their tuition fees should bring a letter of confirmation to enrolment. You will receive an assessment letter from the Student Finance England, showing details of any tuition fee loan you have applied for and been successfully awarded, this document needs to be seen by the Student Support Team at enrolment.
Students who do not have an assessment form at the time of enrolment will be invoiced in full for any tuition fee due and will be liable for payment direct to University Centre Somerset until they provide written evidence of a tuition fee loan from Student Finance.
If you are part-funded you will need to pay a minimum of 50% of your total contribution at or before enrolment.
Where a course is paid for by an HE Tuition Fee Loan and a student withdraws from study, the elements of the fee not paid by the Student Loan Company at the point of withdrawal will become a debt to the student.
General Finance Information
University Centre Somerset would like all their students to progress well academically with the minimum of distractions. When students experience financial difficulties we are willing to help.
We seek to be sympathetic and understanding of individual circumstances. However, for us to do so, students must inform us:
- If difficulties are academic students should contact their tutor or course leader within your curriculum area
- If problems are personal, the Student Support Team has a wealth of experience and can help you
- If problems are financial, students can seek help from Student Support Team who may be able to assist with an application to a Bursary etc.
- If you have a debt outstanding with us there is a lot we can do to help you and you should speak with the Finance Office at your earliest opportunity
If you have an outstanding debt and do not use the help available and ignore our requests for payment, you may find that:
- You are excluded from your course if you owe tuition fees
- You are given notice to quit your accommodation if you owe accommodation fees
- You face legal action for non-payment of any fees
- You will not be allowed to register for the following academic year
- You may not receive your certificates
Students are required to meet all payments in accordance with the instalment dates they sign up to at enrolment. Should you default on a repayment plan we make every effort to contact you by means of letter, telephone calls and emails. Please note that these are reminders only and students are contractually responsible for paying their fees and charges on time regardless of whether reminders were received.
Our debt recovery procedures include referral to an outside debt collecting agency which will incur additional costs, therefore we urge students:
- To contact the Finance Office immediately if you receive an invoice and you do not know what it is for on 01278 441226
- If you are experiencing any difficulty in meeting your payment obligations you must also talk to the Finance Office at your earliest convenience to explain your circumstances
- If you ignore our efforts to recover overdue sums and persist in not paying, it is our policy to refer our debts to an outside debt collecting agency and take legal action where applicable
Should we refer the debt to an outside debt collecting agency or take Court action against you resulting in a CCJ, it may affect your credit rating as your name will be recorded by the major credit reference agencies.
Free independent advice and assistance can be obtained from any of the following organisations:
- National Debtline, Consumer Credit Counselling Service (cccs), Citizens Advice and Community Legal Advice - -lease see below for contact information
- National Debtline, Tricorn House, FREEPHONE 0808 808 4000, http://www.nationaldebtline.co.uk, 51-53 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 8TP
- Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS), FREEPHONE 0800 138 1111, http://www.cccs.co.uk
- Citizens Advice, Check your local Yellow Pages or Thomson local directory for address and telephone numbers, http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Students Returning to Study
Students who have an outstanding debt and wish to continue with their studies will be prevented from enrolling on their course until such time that the debt is paid in full or an acceptable agreement has been reached.
Final Year Students and Students Leaving the College
Students leaving us are reminded that all Library books must be returned and any outstanding debts must be paid. Certificates may be withheld unless debts are paid in full.
Tuition Fees, examination fees and other fees are non-refundable from three weeks prior to the course start date, unless the course is subsequently cancelled by the College or is oversubscribed.
Once a course is cancelled by the Head of Department, Curriculum Manager, Commercial Manager or Operations Manager a refund will be authorised and sent to Finance to process.
Refunds will normally be paid by cheque within 28 days of authorisation of refund.
Please note that Refunds will only be granted if they adhere to our Refund Policy
Employer Paying Fees
If your employer wishes to pay your course fees, upon enrolment you will need to provide a completed Employer Agreement Form (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of this form or refer to the link below)
Fees are payable in full on receipt of an invoice.
Instalments are not normally available to employers paying student fees, however, consideration may be given please contact the Finance Office on 01278 441 226 if you wish to discuss further.