Finance & Support

Frequently asked questions


    When are our Advice Sessions?

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    Where can I find information about the courses you offer?

    Details of all our courses can be found on our website, in our prospectus or at our Advice Sessions.  To view a list of programme areas and courses, click any of the 5 coloured areas on the homepage. If you have any questions about the courses we offer call 01228 822700. To download a copy of the Course Guide click here or University Level Course Guide here

    How do I apply for a course?

    You can  apply on-line or request and application from the College. To view our courses and apply click here.

    Is there a closing date for applications?

    There is no closing date but the sooner you apply, the sooner you will be interviewed and secure your place. Some places are limited due to the nature of the course, so if you are interested we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

    I have changed my mind about the course I want to do, but have already applied.  What should I do?

    Just ring Admissions on 01228 822895 and we will sort it out for you.

    I live a long way from the College.  Can I get any help getting there?

    Students 16-18 living in England

    Cumbria County Council will no longer be procuring transport for new Post 16 students.

    Free transport will continue to be available for Post 16 students from 'low income' families and for qualifying students who have a learning difficulty and/or disability.

    The College is working with the County Council to try to ensure that access to education is available for young people.

    If you do not qualify for a County Council travel pass as detailed above but the NET household income is less than £25,000 you can apply for help from the College Transport Fund.

    If you live in Northumbria and Carlisle College is the closest college to home you may be eligible to apply to Northumbria County Council for a travel pass if the student is from a 'low income' family and for qualifying students who have a learning difficulty and/or disability.

    If you do not qualify for a County Council travel pass as detailed above but the NET household income is less than £25,000 you can apply for help from the College Transport Fund.

    Students 16-18 living in Scotland

    The College has a fund to support students living in Scotland whose NET household income is less than £23,000.

    All Students 19+ (excluding students 19+ studying a level 3 qualification)

    If your NET household income is less than £25,000 then you can apply to the College Transport Fund for help with travel costs.

    Students 19+ studying a level 3 qualification

    The College has a fund to support these students whose NET household income is less than £25,000.

    If you would like help with any transport queries then please contact the Reception team on 01228 822700 for more information or alternatively email Julie Wright, Senior Receptionist at jwright@carlisle.ac.uk.

    Further Education free meals

    From September 2014 the Government extended the Free School meals scheme into further education. This means that if you were eligible for free school meals when you were at school you are likely to be eligible for a free meal at the College. To be eligible you must be under 19 years old on 31st August 2017 and you or your parents would have to be in receipt of certain benefits. Some older students may also be eligible.

    For more information click here or visit Student Services.

    Can I get EMA?

    Students living in Scotland may get EMA in 2017/18. Application packs are available from Student Services.  Contact Student Services on 01228 822895 for more information.

    Is there any help with books, equipment and trips which I need for my course?

    There is a fund in College which you can apply to for help with the cost of what you will need for your course.

    If you are 16-18 you can apply for help from this fund if your household income is less than £25,000.

    If you are 19+ you can apply for help from this fund if your household income is less than £25,000.

    I've heard about a Guaranteed Bursary.  Who gets that?

    To be eligible for this bursary you must be under 19 on 31st August 2017 and be looked after, a care leaver, in receipt of income support in your own name or disabled and receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.

    Click for further information: 16-19 Bursary Policy 2017-18.docx

    Will I have to pay tuition and exam fees?

    If you are under 19 you will not have to pay. Students over 19 may have to make a contribution to their tuition and pay their exam fees but there are ways the College can assist with this and very few students will have to pay both tuition and exam fees. 

    I have children.  Is there any help with the cost of childcare?

    If you are under 20 and live in England you should be able to get help through the Care to Learn scheme. For other students there is means-tested support through the Learner Support Fund.  More details from Student Services on 01228 822739.

    Adult Discretionary Learner Support Fund

    The Fund is designed to help adult learners with some of the associated costs of learning and includes 19+ Hardship Fund, 20+ Childcare and 19+ Residential Support Fund. Discretionary Support Fund Policy 2017-18

    I'm applying for a Higher Education course.  What will the fees be?

    Fees for higher education courses in 2017/18 are outlined here. Please note course fees are subject to annual review - please contact Student Services for the latest rates.

    Other useful information is available here www.gov.uk/unimoney

    19+ Advanced Learning FE Loans

    Information on loans for Adults aged 19 and over, studying at level 3 and above from 1 August 2017

    Click here for information

    Disciplinary Procedure

    To see our Disciplinary Procedure click here. You can also see out behavioural policy here