Further education (FE) courses include GCSEs, AS and 'A' levels (and their equivalents), NVQs, GNVQs, BTECs, and Access courses. The info below explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on courses of FE in England. Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or FE.
If you reside and wish to pursue a course of study in a devolved authority area, each devolved authority area has produced their own set of funding rules. You can access the relevant rules for each area by following the links below:
If you live outside of, and wish to pursue a course of study outside of a devolved authority area, The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are responsible for drawing up the funding rules that will apply to you. The ESFA's funding rules also continue to apply to continuing learners.
The information that we detail below is from the ESFA guidance. Further details of the ESFA's funding criteria can be found here
You will be eligible as a 'home' student in the 2023/24 academic year if you come within one, or more, of the categories below and you are:
- studying a FE course (which is not an Apprenticeship course) in England; and
- aged 19 years or over on 31 August in the funding year in which you start your course.
A 'funding year' runs from 1 August in one year to 31 July in the calendar year which immediately follows.