A student who is already approved for funding from Student Finance NI, in the form of a FE Award, must submit their award letter at the point of enrolment. The amount of the award will be deducted from the total fee and if a balance remains this must be paid in full at enrolment, unless the criteria for payment by instalment is satisfied.
A student who does not have funding in place at enrolment will be required to pay the full course fee at the point of enrolment, unless criteria for payment by instalment is satisfied.
Once funding has been approved by Student Finance NI the student must present their award letter to Customer Services.
If the award covers the total fee, the College will refund the amount already paid. The College will cancel any direct debit agreement and issue the refund prior to 1 December 2018.
If the award does not cover the total fee, the student remains liable for any balance remaining. If paying by instalments, the College will proceed with the direct debit for the remaining fees on the notified dates.
In all instances, the College will refund to the student any overpayments that have been made to their account and owed to the student.
In the event of Student Finance NI not releasing the full amount of their award (for example by reason of student withdrawal), the student will be required to pay the remaining balance of the total fee.
Part Time Higher Education students can apply for assistance in the form of a means tested tuition fee grant and a course grant, dependent upon household income and course intensity. Tuition fee grants are paid directly to the College. A non means tested tuition fee loan has also been introduced.
A student informing Customer Services of their intention to apply for a part time fee grant or loan can avail of the following enhanced arrangement at enrolment:
- Deposit of £100 payable by the Student
- Liability form and direct debit mandate signed by the Student
- Completion and submission of PTL form to SFNI
If approved for funding the award letter must be submitted to Customer Services as soon as it is received. If the Award letter is not submitted to Customer Services prior to the first direct debit instalment date the College will proceed with the direct debit.
If the application for funding is unsuccessful or does not meet the full course fee then the student will be liable for the outstanding fees.
In all instances, the College will refund to the student any overpayments that have been made to their account and is due to them.