Adult Course Fees

Wigan & Leigh College is delighted to be able to offer in the new academic year a range of courses that will be FREE of charge to adults who are employed, but on a low income.

The move comes following a government decision, by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), to offer fully funded study to learners on low wages.

This will benefit in particular those learners who take low-paid jobs to support them while they study. Under the current rules, only adults on benefits receive full funding to study.

The aim is to increase participation by adults in learning and lift social mobility barriers. Up till now, to receive fee remission (and not have to pay) for government-funded courses, you would need to be an unemployed adult, a young person aged 19 to 23 with skills below level 2, or an adult aged 19 and over without English and maths up to level 2. Now however, individuals who do not fall into one of these categories may also be eligible for free tuition.

Anyone earning less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary will be eligible for fee remission on courses up to and including Level 2, which will open up access to a much wider range of courses for low-earning adults.

Eligible students will need to bring in evidence of their gross annual wage e.g. a wage slip within 3 months of the course start date or current employment contract which should state gross annual wage