Fees & Financial Support

UPDATE:

We aim to operate on a cashless basis and encourage all students to complete any payments by card or by a phone app. If you have any concerns, please contact studentsupport@nptcgroup.ac.uk.

Full-Time Further Education Course Fees

All full-time students at the College are required to pay a non-refundable administration fee of £25.

The administration fee covers a number of administration services including the issue of the Library Card, Student Identity Card, the processing of examination entries and access to all computer facilities etc. The fee must be paid during enrolment.

There may be additional course-related costs for items such as, but not limited to, textbooks, stationery, printing, and overnight educational visits.

Students who have enrolled in full-time courses are not required to pay tuition or initial examination fees for the main course on which they have enrolled.

If you wish to enter examinations outside this programme of study, however, you may need to pay additional fees. It is advisable that you check beforehand whether you will need to pay examination fees, as they can be a considerable sum.

Students on full-time courses may be able to apply for funding to help with the cost of learning. To find out more contact Student Services.

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Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) assists eligible 16-18-year-old students to attend College. You may be eligible for a £30 EMA every week if you are aged 16, 17 or 18 years old on 31st August 2019 and live in Wales, studying full time or at least 12 hours per week in College:

  • if you are the only young person in full-time education in your household and your household income is £20,817 or less, then you could receive £30 weekly.
  • if there are other young people in your household who are under 16 and are eligible for Child Benefit and your household income is less than £23,078, then you could receive £30 weekly.
  • if there are other young people in your household who are aged 16-20, in full-time education and are eligible for Child Benefit and your household income is less than £23,078 then you could receive £30 weekly.

Find out how to apply and download an EMA application form here

Read about the EMA rules here

Download the EMA Learning Agreement form here

You can email your completed Learning Agreement form to learningagreements@nptcgroup.ac.uk .

*You may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, this is a PDF application which will allow you to view and edit the document online.

EMA PAYMENT DATES 2020-2021

Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG)

You may be eligible for a WGLG if:

  • You are 19 or more by 31 August and are studying full- or part-time on a course of 275 or more contact hours per year, leading to a recognised, eligible, qualification.
  • You live in Wales and are progressing on your course.
  • You live in a household with an annual income of under £18,370 per year.

Find out how to apply and download a WGLG application form here

Read about the WGLG rules here

Download the WGLG Learning Agreement form here

You can email your completed Learning Agreement form to learningagreements@nptcgroup.ac.uk .

*You may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, this is a PDF application which will allow you to view and edit the document online.

Financial Contingency Fund

The FCF is a fund that may provide financial help to make it easier/affordable for you to attend College. The College is given an amount of money every year to spend (amount variable year to year). Once the money in the fund is gone, it’s gone. So application forms need to be handed in as early as possible.

What can the FCF help with?

  • childcare
  • meals in College
  • transport costs
  • College lodgings
  • course equipment

Who can apply?

You can apply for financial help from the FCF providing you are a student enrolled at the College, full-time or part-time, studying a minimum of 275 hours per year. You will need to apply and be awarded either an EMA or WGLG as these are your main sources of funding.

Download an application form here

Please email your completed application form to studentsupport@nptcgroup.ac.uk

*You may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, this is a PDF application which will allow you to view and edit the document online.

Eligibility for Reduced Fees

Students in receipt of state benefits or on a low household income may qualify for a reduction in course fees at the rate indicated for each course. When claiming reduced fees, students must complete and return an NPTC 36 Form and produce proof of benefits/income. Forms are obtainable from the Finance Office, Neath College.

Please note: Students can receive a maximum of two courses per academic year at the reduced fee rate.

Examination and Registration Fees

Part-time students are required to pay registration/examination/assessment fees where appropriate. For courses that attract additional fees, these are included in the total fee payable and must be paid at the time of enrolment.

Paying by Instalments

Where the course fee is in excess of £100, any student can request to pay by direct debit or instalments, please see the Fees Policy for details.

Please note that there is a £30  administration charge for this service payable with the first instalment.

Refunding Fees

Should the College cancel a course, the course fees, along with any other fees paid will be refunded. Please see the refund section of the fee’s policy for other circumstances where a refund may be requested.

Students wishing to withdraw from a course can only claim a refund under special circumstances. The £25  administration fee will be deducted from any refund due.

Any examination/registration fees not already paid to the awarding bodies, however, would be refunded.

Non-payment of Fees

If fees are not paid, the College will need to take the necessary steps to recover the outstanding amount, which may lead to debt recovery action. In the event of the third party (e.g. employer, failing to pay), the student will become liable for the cost of the course.