Fees and Funding

Payment of fees must be arranged prior to course commencement. Fees indicated on this site apply only to UK residents and those having EEA Migrant Worker status (EU). Those who are not in these categories must contact Central Admissions for the appropriate fee. Fees are payable every year of a two or three year programme and may vary depending on the fee set for any particular year. All additional charges are highlighted within the course page information.

All full-time Higher Education students may be eligible for a Northern Regional College bursary up to £250 per academic year, subject to assessment.

Part-time Higher Education fees for 2020/2021 will be published in January.

Higher Education Full-Time Students Options for Payment of Fees 

The tuition fees for Northern Regional College Higher Education courses for 2020/2021 are £2,500 per annum.  These may be subject to change.

The options for payment of these fees are detailed below.

Option 1 – Payment by Student Loan
You may apply to Student Loans Company for a Tuition Fee Loan for payment of your fees. Application forms are available from reception on all sites or can be downloaded from the Student Finance website www.studentfinance.co.uk.  It is advisable to apply as early as possible. The College requires a copy  of the letter you receive from Student Loans Company confirming that you will be receiving a Tuition Fee Loan.

Option 2 – You do not require a Student Loan
a) Fees may be paid in full by cash, cheque or credit/debit card. 
b) Fees may be paid in instalments by direct debit. This means that you will be required to pay a 25% deposit and an additional £10 administration fee (admin fee is payable at enrolment).  Up to three subsequent payments will typically be collected from your bank account by direct debit in December 2020, January 2021 and February 2021.   

Any refunds will only be considered when the College has cancelled the course or in exceptional circumstances such as medical.  All students enrolled in the College must pay a deposit or produce evidence of an application for a tuition fee loan.

Part-Time Students Payment of Fees
Fees may be paid by cash, cheque, credit card or debit card.
Where the total composite fee for a course exceeds £200 remittance may be collected using a direct debit payment plan arrangement which consists of a deposit payable (minimum of £100 or 25%, whichever is greater) at enrolment and up to 3 subsequent direct debit payments (minimum of £100).  All fees for courses commencing in the autumn term must be collected by 1 February 2021.  The initial deposit payable at the time of enrolment will be a minimum of £100, or 25% of the value of the composite fee, whichever is greater; up to 3 subsequent payments will become due on 2 November 2020, 1 December 2020 and 4 January 2021. Default on any payment will result in enrolment on the course/programme of study becoming invalid.  Any exception or departure to these dates in exceptional circumstances requires prior approval of a Vice-Principal.

This arrangement will apply to both Home and Overseas students who have a valid UK bank account. 

Please note:

  • The direct debit arrangement is only available for enrolments on or before the second week of the class
  • A £10 administration fee is applicable to the direct debit arrangement. This must be paid in full at time of enrolment
  • Default in any payment will result in enrolment on the course/programme of study becoming invalid.

Part-time HE students applying for funding may avail of the following enhanced arrangement:

  • £75 deposit to be paid at time of enrolment alongside evidence of funding application such as acknowledgement email or confirmation from Student Finance NI.  Liability form and direct debit mandate must also be signed.  
  • Confirmation of funding received must be submitted to the College. If application for funding is unsuccessful the student is liable for payment of fees in full. All fees to be collected by 1 April 2021.

Queries regarding Student Loans

Contact: Student Finance
T: 028 2563 6230

Queries regarding payment by direct debit
Contact: Credit Control Officer
T: 028 2566 4248

Financial Support and Funding

Find out further information on what financial support is available to help you when studying for a Higher Education course.

Glossary of Terms

Fee for 2020/21 academic year: This includes tuition fee, plus an exam/registration fee for that academic year. This can either be paid in full at enrolment or through the payment plan by instalments – see below for further details.

* Terms and Conditions may apply.

Reduced Fees

Reduced rates apply to the tuition fee only and are calculated as 50% of the tuition fee for the course. This rate can only be claimed by applicants in the following categories. Please note: this does not apply to leisure courses.

People Entitled to Reduced Fees Evidence Required
Universal Credit A current letter/print out of your latest Universal Credit statement. Proof of income also required (i.e. P60).
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance Current letter of entitlement or an enrolment form stamped by the Benefits Office.
Income Support Current letter of entitlement or an enrolment form stamped by the Benefits Office.
Working Tax Credit (must have an annual household income of <£16,000) A current TC602 form (Final Tax Credit Award Notice) showing annual household income.

A provisional TC602 form will not be accepted.
Child Tax Credit (must have an annual household income of <£16,000) A current TC602 form (Final Tax Credit Award Notice) showing annual household income.

A provisional TC602 form will not be accepted.
Pensions Credit A current letter stating that you are in receipt of Pension Credit.
Rates Relief/Housing Benefit Notification letter or an enrolment form stamped by the Benefits Office.
Means Tested Employment Support Allowance (ESA) Current letter of entitlement or an enrolment form stamped by the Benefits Office.
Other Means Tested Benefits Current letter of entitlement or an enrolment form stamped by the Benefits Office.
Northern Regional College Full-time Students Students must be currently enrolled on a Full Time course at time of enrolment.

* All circumstances are at time of enrolment. Only one discount or fee reduction may be claimed for each individual enrolment.


The College will make every endeavour to run courses and programmes which are advertised. All courses are, however, required to have a viable number of students in order to contribute to operating costs. In some circumstances, classes may be combined to achieve viability and in some cases the College regrets that classes may have to be cancelled due to lack of demand.

Students enrolling on any course can cancel within 14 days of enrolment (booking the course) and will receive a full refund of payments made.

For any course cancelled or changed by the College, a full refund of the total fee paid to date will be issued to the student, unless other exceptional circumstances prevail (eg. transfer of course).  If you are unable to continue with your course for medical or Access NI reasons, then a refund may be allowed.  Other refund applications shall be considered only in exceptional circumstances by the Vice-Principal Teaching & Learning and the Head of Finance, in this case a £10 admin fee may be charged.

Requests for refunds must be received in writing from the student on the designated refund form

No form is required where the College cancels the programme.