The lowdown on Finance 2018/19

There is no charge for tuition if you are coming to Hartpury College to study a full-time course and you are under 19 years of age on 31st August of the academic year your course starts. Registration and examination fees for your main qualification are also free.

All you will be required to pay is a non-refundable £75 educational visits fee when you enrol.

You can download the tuition fee guide and the funding eligibility table to help you work out if you need to pay fees.

There is a range of support to help with any of the other costs that could be associated with studying at Hartpury. Below is a brief summary of assistance to students for the academic year 2018-2019 to help guide you.

If you have any finance questions, you can contact the Student Finance Officer on 01452 702103 or email


Financial help available

Students over 19 years of age:

Students aged 19 or over on 31st August 2018 now have a number of choices for paying tuition fees. Details of the fees for the 2017-2018 year are here.

Advanced Learner Loans 2018-2019

To qualify for the Advanced Learner Loan you'll need to be:

  • Aged 19 or over at the start of your course
  • Enrolling on a course at level 3 or 4, which includes: A levels, Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates, Advanced Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships
  • A UK resident at the start of your course and for three years prior to the start of the course. If you decide to apply for the loan, please complete your application form as soon as possible after enrolment. If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education programme and you progress to complete a Higher Education programme, you will not have to pay back your Advanced Learner Loan
  • Students over 18 could also apply for a Career Development Loan (CDL). This is similar to a bank loan except that the payments are deferred until you have completed your period of study or training. This source of funding is not means tested. For more information, call the National Careers line on 0800 100 900 or visit
  • You can check your eligibility for the Advanced Learner Loan at the Student Finance England website The loan doesn't depend on your income and there are no credit checks. Any individual who meets the criteria will be able to apply for a loan whether they're employed or unemployed – the loan will then be paid directly to the college on your behalf. You won't need to pay anything up front for your course fees and you won't have to pay anything back until you earn more than £21,000 a year. You will need a 'Learning and funding information' letter from Hartpury before starting your application online at: . The letter can be obtained from the College Admissions Office by e-mailing


Vulnerable Learner Bursary
Students who are classed as vulnerable learners will be eligible to receive a £1,200 bursary. To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must be in one of the defined vulnerable groups:

  • In care
  • Care leavers
  • In receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

Help available Discretionary Learner support

All FE full-time students regardless of age are eligible to apply for a Learner Support Fund award. Sometimes the cost of transport to College or essential books and equipment may be fundable. In addition, a daily meal allowance for non-residential students with a value of £4.25 will be made for all timetabled days. This amount will be added onto an account, which can be accessed by the student producing their student ID card at any College catering outlet.
The fund is means-tested and priority is given to those on low income who would otherwise find it difficult to attend College.

  • Under 16,190 Full Awards. Education Visits Fee, Books/Equipment, Meal award or Transport for non-residential
  • Over 16,190 up to 23,000 Part Award Education Visits Fee, Books/Equipment


Sports bursary

Hartpury has a limited fund available from sponsorship income to assist those students who would otherwise be unable to attend college and who, in the opinion of the appropriate Sports Academy Director, has the potential to excel in his or her chosen field.

Resident students on full-time sports courses at Hartpury College who believe they fulfil this requirement can apply for help with boarding fees from this fund.

Each applicant will need to apply directly to the appropriate Sports Academy manager. You can find out more on the Academy website pages.

Free Meals

Students aged 16 to 18 can apply for free meals at the college Students will be eligible if their parent/carer qualifies for one of the following benefits:

  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Income Support Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) provided the annual income, assessed by HMRC does not exceed £16,190 (please note: This amount is subject to change in April every year)
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


If you are aged between 16 and 19, you may be able to get some financial support from Jobcentre Plus. Some benefits depend on particular circumstances, for example, if you are disabled, not well enough to work or are a parent. Other benefits are paid to you if you don’t have enough money to live on. You can find out more about making a claim by visiting your local Jobcentre or


If you have a child and you are under the age of 20 on the day your course or learning programme begins. You can apply for childcare funding through Care to Learn. Apply online at  then type in care to learn or call the helpline on 0800 121 8989.

For those who are aged 19+ and undertaking a Level 3 or 4 course, you will be required to apply to the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan Fund. The 19+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund  is a very small fund provided to support learners in all  areas and the funds have to  be apportioned equally across all eligible requests.   

If you are aged between 20-23 and undertaking a Level 1 or 2 course you may be eligible to receive help towards the cost of your childcare. In order to receive support your child-minder or nursery needs to be registered with Ofsted. If eligible, the college will pay a percentage towards your bill for the days you are in college. Payments will be reduces for days that you are absent from college.

Support for Residential Further Education students:

Grants are available to provide students with financial help towards their accommodation costs where a course is not available within a reasonable daily travelling distance of their home. The same/similar course should not be available from another college, which is within daily travelling distance of their home (normally 15 miles). Support is not normally available to students who are on a college bus route. (For students on a designated course with a requirement to undertake duties outside teaching hours, these rules will not apply).

A-Level students will not be eligible for a help with their Residential costs; however, the college runs a unique A-Level course, Pre-Vet Where the criteria for the students will be assessed accordingly.

The higher the level of household income, the lower the level of award. The below tables show the maximum awards payable in 2017/18 for each band of household income, subject to the availability of funds.

Under 18 (On 1st September 2018)

Gross Household Income £

Support Award 2018/19 (Up to a maximum of) £

Under 16,191


16,191 to 20,000


20,001 to 23,000


23,001 up to 27,000


27,001 to 30,000


Over 18 (On 1st September 2018)

Gross Household Income £

Support Award 2018/19 (Up to a maximum of) £

Under 16,191


16,191 to 20,000


20,001 to 23,000


23,001 to 27,000


27,001 to 30,000


Application forms for the Discretionary & Residential support fund will be available online from April 2018. All applications will be means-tested to determine the level of award. If any more information is required, or there are any queries relating to what financial help is available, please contact the Student Finance Team by calling 01452 702 103 or email