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Don’t let the cost of learning put you off studying.

As an adult student, there is lots of financial support available to help you return to study.

If you are thinking about studying with St Helens College, don't let the cost of studying deter you. You could qualify for some financial support and we have lots of flexible payment options.

If you have to pay course fees, you may be able to pay in interest-free instalments, by debit or credit card, your employer may pay, or for some courses, there are loans available to help cover fees.

The type and level of financial support/funding available to you may depend on your individual circumstances, such as age, level of study and financial situation.

If you join us on a full or part-time course, we want to make sure that you can make the most out of your College experience and that everyone is able to study, regardless of their financial position. It is important that you speak to us to see what financial support may be available to you.

Free course entitlement

You may be eligible to get up to 100% of your course fees covered if you:

  • earn under £17,062.50 and live within the Liverpool City Region, or earn under £16,009.50 and live outside the Liverpool City Region
  • are studying for your first level 1 or 2 or 3 qualification and are aged 19 - 23 years old on the day that the course starts
  • are studying up to level 2, who may be unemployed and in receipt of any of the following welfare benefits: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, or Disability Living Allowance.

Your employer may have access to an apprenticeship levy fund. If you would like to know more about apprenticeships, get in touch with our Business Development Executives on 0800 99 66 99 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find out more

For more information on the financial support available to you, contact our Student Support team by calling 0800 99 66 99. Alternatively, you can drop into College, Monday to Thursday, 9.00am - 4.30pm or Friday, 9.00am - 4.00pm.

Our Student Finance Manager is always around at our Enrolment and Information Events and can help provide advice based on your specific circumstances.

Please note that terms, conditions and exclusions apply. This information is updated regularly, but we cannot guarantee that the detail will remain accurate as Government policy often dictates changes.

What should I bring when I come to enrol?

  • You will need to bring proof of identity such as your passport or driving licence.
  • For some courses and qualifications, you will need to have knowledge of your current qualifications
  • You will need to bring with you your National Insurance number.

If you are paying course fees yourself:

After enrolling on your course, you will receive an email.  The email will confirm the course you have enrolled on along with your student reference number and a link.

  1. Visit the following website: https://www.sthelens.ac.uk/make-payment
  2. After entering the requested information, confirm the results by  clicking the “Select” link.
  3. You can then setup your payment plan (instalments or pay in full).
  4. After choosing your preferred option of payment, you will be  directed to WorldPay, follow the instructions and make your payment.

Not received your email? Simply visit https://www.sthelens.ac.uk/make-payment to either pay in full or setup a payment plan.

If your employer is paying your course fees:

If your employer is paying, please bring a letter confirming this on company letterhead.