Fees & Finance

  • About Tuition Fees

    Undergraduate courses in the United Kingdom are subject to tuition fees. How much you pay for tuition fees depends on whether you are assessed as a home/EU or oversees student. We aim to keep tuition fees as low as possible and have put in place a number of schemes to benefit students, listed below.

    Tuition fees can be found on each course leaflet under Additional Information. If you have further queries, please email our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them  on ++44 (0) 208 268 2853.

    Please note Undergraduate tuition fees are subject to confirmation and are likely to rise each year with inflation.

    If your permanent residence is outside the UK or European Union you may need to pay a different fee. Please contact the International and Compliance Officer or call 020 8268 2925 or email the International department on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

  • Student Finance Loans

    Eligible students studying their first undergraduate degree do not have to pay fees up front.

  • Directly Funded Courses

    A ‘directly funded’ course means that tuition fees are payable to Kingston College. If you are not eligible for a student loan you will need to pay your fees in full at enrolment. If you have an existing debt with the College you will need to pay this before you will be able to enrol for further courses.

  • Already have a Degree?

    If you already have a degree and wish to do another one, you may not be eligible for any government loans for tuition fees or other costs, or any College-funded scheme such as the HE progression bursary.

     

    However, you may still get limited funding if, for example:

    • you change course
    • you leave your course but decide to start again
    • you’re ‘topping up’ a higher education qualification, for example you’ve finished an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree and now want to do an Honours degree
    • you hold an Honours degree or higher level of qualification and start a part-time Honours degree in engineering, technology or computer science (or a joint Honours in 2 of these subjects)
    • you already have a degree and you’re starting a healthcare course (except for dental hygiene or dental therapy) on or after 1 August 2017

     

    Further information on student loans and finance can be found at the Gov.uk website.

  • Sponsored Students

    If an employer or sponsor is paying your fees on your behalf please provide a letter from them stating that they will cover your fees and provide a contact name and address for invoicing. If you do not provide this information you will be liable for full payment of fees yourself.

     

    Support for Disabled Learners in Higher Education

     

    At Higher Education level the usual method of funding is the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) from your local authority. It is important that you start the process of applying for this as early as possible and when you apply for a student loan you will be directed to the DSA link.

  • Disabled Students' Allowance

    At Higher Education level the method of funding disability support is through the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) which is available through Student Finance. It is very important that you start the process of applying for this as early as possible and when you apply for a student loan you will be directed to the DSA link. Further information can be obtained at Direct Gov or by emailing the Head of Additional Learning Support, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone her on 020 8268 2548.

  • Higher Education Inclusion Fund Application Form Guidance

    What is the Higher Education Inclusion Fund?

    The Higher Education Inclusion Fund is a limited fund to support Kingston College Higher Education students who have exceptional or unexpected and unavoidable financial difficulties despite having received all financial support available to them.

     

    Am I eligible to apply for the Higher Education Inclusion Fund?

    To be eligible you must:

     

    • Be an enrolled student on a HE Course at Kingston College
    • Have applied for your FULL Student Loan Application and be able to show written evidence of this
    • Have received your first Student Loan instalment or be able to indicate the reasons for the delay (for example a late application)
    • Provide supporting evidence of your income, general expenditure and need for support with an additional cost
    • Be classed as a home student

     

    Please note that this is a limited fund and students must meet the eligibility criteria. This fund is intended to assist with exceptional or unexpected and unavoidable financial difficulties. Students are expected to have made provision for their living costs prior to commencing their studies. All students encounter costs for food, bills, leisure, clothes plus they may have to pay for accommodation, travel and course related costs however some students will choose to spend more than others and therefore students are expected to take responsibility in budgeting accordingly.

     

    Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

     

    How do I apply for support through the Higher Education Inclusion Fund?

    1. Complete this application form, answering all questions in full
    2. Provide evidence of your household income and student finance entitlement
    3. Return your completed application and evidence to the Student Support Services Team

     

    Can I apply more than once?

    You can only make one application per academic year. If your circumstances change during the year you can request a review.

     

    What Happens Next?

    Your application will be assessed and we will then write to you to advise you what support you are entitled to and how this will be provided. If your application is not successful we will write to you to notify you of this.

     

    Can I appeal against the College’s decision?

    You do have the right to appeal. If you wish to appeal please refer the College appeals process, available on the College website, or contact the Student Support Services Team.

     

    How will I be paid?

    The Higher Education Inclusion Fund is paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name.  If you cannot open a bank account please inform a member of the Student Support Services team (in very exceptional circumstances we can issue cheques) and there must be a legitimate reason for you NOT to have a bank account. 

  • Higher Education Progression Bursary

    What is the Higher Education Progression Bursary?

    For 2017-18 Kingston College is offering a limited number of Higher Education Progression Bursaries to four categories of applicants:

     

    Progression Bursary: to support students progressing from Kingston College Level 3 or Access courses to a full time Higher Education programme.  This bursary of £2000 is paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.

     

    School Leaver Progression Bursary: to support students from non-selective schools within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames progressing to a Kingston College full time Higher Education programme. This bursary of £2000 is paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.

     

    Creative Industries Bursary: to support student s on a full or part time higher Education course in creative industries subjects. For full time students, this bursary is £2000, paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year. For part time students, this Bursary is £1000, paid half as a fee discount and half as a cash bursary. 

     

    Part Time Student Progression Bursary: to support first year part time students who are intending to study at Higher Education level for the first time.  This bursary of £1000 is paid as a fee discount on first year fees.

     

    Am I eligible to apply for a Higher Education Progression Bursary?

    To be eligible for the Progression Bursary or the School Leaver Bursary you must:

     

    • Either be progressing from a Kingston College Level 3 or Access course or from a school within the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames or adjoining Boroughs (Richmond Upon Thames, Wandsworth, Merton and Elmbridge) 
    • Hold a firm offer to study at Kingston College, starting in September 2017
    • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students.
    • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of £25,000 or less.
    • Have not studied at university level previously
    • Neither of your parents should hold a university-level qualification.  By this we mean that neither parent holds a degree level qualification or Higher National Diploma (HND) or the applicant is a mature and independent student (over 21 years of age on 1st September 2017) or is under 21 and living independently (e.g. is a Care Leaver).

     

    To be eligible for the Creative Industries Bursary you must:

     

    • Be a new student to Kingston College (this Bursary is not available to Kingston College progressing students)
    • Hold a firm offer to study a full time or part time course in a subject area offered by the School of Creative Industries at Kingston College, starting in September 2017
    • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students.
    • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of £25,000 or less.
    • Have not studied at university level previously
    • Neither of your parents should hold a university-level qualification. By this we mean that neither parent holds a degree level qualification or Higher National Diploma (HND) or the applicant is a mature and independent student (over 21 years of age on 1st September 2017) or is under 21 and living independently (e.g. is a Care Leaver)

     

    To be eligible for the Part Time Student Progression Bursary you must:

     

    • Hold a firm offer to study at Kingston College for an HNC or Foundation Degree on a part time basis, starting in September 2017
    • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students.
    • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of £25,000 or less.
    • Have not studied at university level previously
    • Be a mature student- over 21 years of age on 1 September 2017

     

    Please note that these are limited funds; students must meet the eligibility criteria and submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

     

    How do I apply for support through the Higher Education Progression Bursary?

    1. Complete this application form, answering all questions in full
    2. Provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria (photocopies only)
    3. Return your completed application and evidence to the Student Support Services Team in G75.

     

    What Happens Next?

    Your application will be assessed and we will then write to you to advise you what support you are entitled to and how this will be provided. If your application is not successful we will write to you to notify you of this.

     

    Can I appeal against the College’s decision?

    You do have the right to appeal. If you wish to appeal please refer the College appeals process, available on the College website, or contact the Student Support Services Team.

     

    How will I be paid?

    Progression Bursaries and School Leaver Progression Bursaries: the bursary of £1000 will be paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year. The cash bursary element is paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name. 

     

    Creative Industries Bursaries: for full time students, the bursary of £2000 will be paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year. The cash bursary element is paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name.  For part time students, the Bursary of £1000 will be paid half as a fee discount and half as a cash bursary. The cash bursary element is paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name. 

     

    Part Time Student Progression Bursaries: the bursary of £500 will be paid as a fee discount on first year fees.

  • Advanced Learner Loan

  • Travel Information (Undergraduate)

    Make sure you apply for the correct student Oyster card or you could lose £20.

    You must re-apply before your current card expires on 31 September 2017.

    Visit TFL for more information/to apply.

    You may be eligible for support with travel costs through the College Bursary. See the College website for more information.

    Students aged 16–18 and living in a London Borough

    All students aged 16 or 17 who live in a London borough can get free bus and tram travel with a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard. This also gives you discounted pay as you go fares on the London Underground, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services within London.

    If you are aged 18 on the 31 August 2017 and you live in a London borough and you are in full time education (minimum of 15 hours per week) you can also apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster.

    A 16+ Zip Oyster card can also have a child rate 7 Day, Monthly or longer period Travelcard added onto it.

    Applying for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard is quick and easy. You must apply online and will need a credit or debit card for payment (£20). You should receive your card in 7-10 days of applying; however it can take longer during September. Visit TFL for more information and to apply.

    Information for Students aged 16-18 and NOT living in a London Borough

    Students who do not live in a London borough can use pay as you go at half the adult rate on all TfL services and most National Rail services in London with a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard.

    Applying for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard is quick and easy. You must apply online and will need a credit or debit card for payment (£20). You should receive your card in 7-10 days of applying; however it can take longer during September. Visit TFL for more information and to apply.

    Students should check with their Local Authority if there are any travel concessions available to students.

    Students living in Surrey should look at the Student Fare Card Scheme.

    Information for Full Time Students aged 19+

    If you are aged 19 or above on 31st August 2017, on a full time course (minimum 15 hours) and you live in a London Borough during term time, you may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard. The 18+ gives you 30% discount on weekly and monthly Travelcard. Unfortunately part time students are not eligible.

    Applying is quick and easy. You must apply online on the TFL website you and will need a credit or debit card for payment (£20). You will need to upload photo, have your Kingston College ID number, course start and end dates and an active email address. You should receive your card within 7-10 days of applying but may be longer during busy periods.

    If you have a 16-25 Railcard you can add the discount to your 18+ Student Oyster photocard to get a 34% discount on off-peak pay as you go fares and off-peak daily caps on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

    Information for Apprentices aged 18+

    You can save 30% off adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets with an Apprentice Oyster Photocard. To apply visit the TFL website.

    Please note that Kingston College’s only obligation is to confirm that a student is enrolled on a full time course. If you apply for the wrong Oyster card, the College is not able to offer a refund. All applications for student Oyster cards are administered by Transport for London.

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