Fees and Funding

Paying Your Course Fee

Further Education Courses

If you are in receipt of one of the benefits listed below, there may be no course fee to pay:

  • Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group only.

Courses may also be free if you are in receipt of one of the benefits listed below provided you are unemployed and looking to gain skills which will help you enter the workforce:

  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit (not single person’s discount)
  • Working Tax Credit (but not in employment)

(Evidence of your benefit will be required at the time of enrolment)

There are also full course fee discounts available based on the level of qualification held for these groups:

  • Level 2 Entitlement 19 – 23 year old learners studying for their first full level 2 qualification
  • Level 3 Entitlement 19 – 23 year old learners studying for their first level 3 qualification

To qualify for this fee discount you must not already hold the following qualifications:

Level 2 Entitlement

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-1/ A*-C, 5 ‘O’ level passes, 5 GCSE Grade 1
  • 2 AS levels or more, 1 A level or more
  • NVQ 2, 3 or 4
  • Access course
  • First degree/Higher degree
  • Edexel/BTEC 1st Diploma or higher
  • City & Guilds Craft part 2
  • Intermediate GNVQ or higher

Level 3 Entitlement

  • NVQs at level 3
  • One or more A levels
  • OCR National Diplomas and Extended National Diplomas
  • Access to HE certificate
  • One or more A level double awards
  • International Baccalaureate


Financial Support Available

Stockton Riverside College’s Learner Support Fund can help those who need support to be able to attend their chosen programme. Funds may be available to assist with essential books  and equipment, travel and childcare. The fund is means tested and application forms can be accessed by contacting Student Finance on 01642 631 337.

Full Cost Fees
A small number of courses are not funded and are not eligible for fee remission. Where this is the case it will state ‘no fee remission available’.

Higher Education Courses
Fee remission is not available on any course highlighted as Univ. fee and the course fee is payable in full.

Workplace Learning
For courses that are delivered in the workplace, in some instances the fee payable will be higher due to changes in funding legislature. Our staff will be able to advise you.

Please contact our Information and Guidance Team on (01642) 865566 for further information.


Madeleine Mary Walker Foundation

How can the Madeleine Mary Walker Foundation help you?

The Foundation has limited funds to support people with their education, for instance with the purchase of books, equipment or tools, such as musical instruments, as well as providing help with tuition fees and travel costs.

To apply for support please write to:

1 Levington Wynd

or Email m100pfb@yahoo.co.uk

Please include as much information as possible about the course you will be studying, and the cost of materials/equipment you are hoping to purchase to help you complete your course, supplying evidence of costs where possible.

Find out more about the Madeline Mary Walker Foundation by clicking here.