Further education (FE) courses include GCSEs, AS and 'A' levels (and their equivalents), NVQs, GNVQs, BTECs, and Access courses. The information below explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) funded FE courses in England. Check with your institution as to whether or not your course is funded by the ESFA. If not, then your institution should assess you under The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (see our HE info). Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or FE.
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 16-18 years 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.
In order to be eligible for funding, you must also have the legal right to be resident in the UK at the start of your course.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for drawing up the funding rules. Further guidance on their funding criteria can be found on the ESFA's website.