Financial & Student Support

We have a wide range of financial and student support packages. See below.

Financial Support

Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

Discretionary Learner Support Fund (students aged 19+):
The fund for 2015/16 is now fully committed.  If you are looking at joining the College in 2016/17, and want to know more about the Discretionary Learner Support Fund, the types of awards available, eligibility & how to apply, please contact us.

Level 3 & Level 4 Courses

Discretionary Learner Support Fund (students aged 19-23):
The College has limited funding to offer students experiencing financial hardship to help with course related costs, including tuition fees, childcare, travelling to and from College, and essential course related equipment, materials and field trips. For more information about the Discretionary Learner Support Fund, the types of awards available, eligibility and how to apply, please contact us.

Advanced Learner Loan (24+)

Learners aged 24+ studying at Level 3 or  4 can apply for a loan to cover the cost of their tuition fees. For more information please contact us.

Access & Higher Education

A range of financial support is available. For more information, please visit our Access and Higher Education Finance page.

Overseas Students

Tuition fees quoted in the course list are for home students (UK/EU/Swiss Nationals who have resided in the UK, EEA or Switzerland for at least 3 years). If you are an overseas student, please visit the Home Office website for more information.

Fee Remission

Students who get means tested benefits* may be able to receive assistance with their fees.   *E.G. Income Support, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit, Universal Credit (mandated to do training), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA)  For more information please contact us.

Refund Policy

If you tell us in writing before the course starts that you will not be taking up your place we will issue a full refund.  If you withdraw after the start date, no refund will be due. If the College cancels a course, a full refund will be issued within 30 days of the cancellation.

Standing Orders

You can pay by Standing Order if tuition fees are over £200.

Please note: Standing Orders are instructions set up by the student and their bank to make payments to the College on scheduled dates. Unlike Direct Debits, the College is unable to amend the Standing Order instructions in anyway once they have been sent to the bank. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the bank sets up the Standing Order correctly. If any scheduled payments are missed, the student’s outstanding fees will become due in full at that stage. If a student withdraws part way through the course, the outstanding fees will become due in full.

Non Payment of Fees

Non payment of fees or failure to agree suitable terms of payment will result in physical access to the course, and its resources, being denied. It may also result in a County Court Judgement being taken out against the individual. the cost of any such action will be added to the outstanding debt.

24+ & HE Loans

Failure to provide written evidence of any loan approval within 30 days of the course start date will result in the student becoming liable for payment of the tuition fees directly and in full.

Terms & Conditions

Please download the Trafford College Financial Support Terms and Conditions below. Financial Support Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Student Support

We offer a wide range of support, including counselling & additional learning support.  For more information please contact us.


iTrafford gives you 24 hour access to course materials & resources from wherever you are. It is your gateway to:

  • News and events
  • Moodle (Trafford College’s Virtual Learning Environment)
  • Student support services
  • Enrichment information
  • Library & learning resources

Careers & Guidance

Our expert team of careers advice & guidance staff offer impartial advice about your next step after your college course, and can support with:

  • Choosing the right course for you
  • Supporting you with university applications through UCAS
  • CV writing & interview techniques
  • Financial support


Our professional counsellor offers confidential support & guidance with any issues you may have.

Disability Support

At Trafford College, we offer a range of services to all learners regardless of disability or learning difficulties. Support is confidential and is provided according to individual needs. The College enrolment form gives all learners the opportunity to disclose their disability and/or learning difficulty and mechanisms are in place to invite learners to discuss their needs more fully.

Whenever possible the College will access equipment and resources to assist learners with disabilities and learning difficulties. The College will endeavour to meet the needs of the Disability Discrimination Act and provide accommodation, access and learning resources to ensure equality of opportunity. Visit the Disability Discrimination Act website for more information. Equipment available includes:

  • Voice recognition software
  • Large PC screens
  • Tape recorders
  • Voice activated Dictaphones
  • Micro-link hearing systems
  • Roller balls

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

If you are concerned about how you will cope with your course, or simply want to improve your study skills, ALS can help. Support available ranges from:

  • Managing revision
  • Developing literacy & numeracy skills
  • Dyslexia support
  • Improving spelling & grammar
  • Special educational needs


Trafford College Chaplains are available to support you spiritually and emotionally. They are available to listen to your questions, hopes, concerns & problems, and help you explore faith issues, interests and questions.
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