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.
You will be eligible as a 'home' student in either the 2020/21 or 2021/22 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.
Where a category has changed for the 2021/22 academic year, we have included details concerning the eligibility criteria for both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years. Where a category has remained unchanged for the new academic year, we have not made any changes to those respective categories as below.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for drawing up the funding rules. Further guidance on the ESFA's funding criteria can be found here.