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If you're under the age of 19 (on 31 August of your starting year) and you meet the eligibility criteria, your course is FREE. You may be required to pay a resource fee and educational visit costs, however financial support is available for those who need it (subject to family income level).

For further information, please get in touch with Client Services by emailing us at or by calling 020 8651 1131.

Tuition Fees

All tuition fees are payable annually. Fees quoted will be for the current academic year. Further fees will be payable in subsequent years for courses of more than 1-year duration.

Material Fees

Material fees may be applicable for some courses; these fees are payable annually. Certain courses may require you to buy uniform, protective clothing, footwear and/or tools.

Active Benefits

You may be eligible for free tuition fees on some courses if you are aged 19 or over and satisfy one (or more) of the criteria below:

  • In receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and enrolling on a course to gain skills for employment
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance – Work Related Activity Group (ESA WRAG) and enrolling on a course to gain skills for employment
  • Unemployed and can provide current documentary proof of any state benefit and undertaking skills training that will help get you into work ("Employment Waiver") – specific rules apply Aged 19-23 and entitled to a Full Level 2 waiver
  • Aged 19-23 and entitled to a Full Level 3 waiver

If you are in receipt of these benefits, then please ensure you provide original documents at enrolment. Please note that any paperwork will be photocopied and held within your student record file. All other course related fees will still be payable.

Depending on the course that you apply for, you may be asked to contribute towards materials that you take away with you eg ingredients or flowers. You will be advised of any costs at enrolment.

Payment Methods

When do I have to pay the fees?

All fees are payable at the time of enrolment. For courses costing £400 or more, it may be possible to pay the fees by instalment, with the first instalment due at the time of enrolment. Instalment Agreements are available on request with at least 25% of the fee being due at enrolment.

In exceptional circumstances for example financial hardship, please speak to a member of the Finance team who will discuss with you possible alternative options.

How can I pay?

Payments can be made in cash, cheque (payable to John Ruskin College) or credit/debit cards.

Fee Remission

If you are receiving certain means tested benefits you may be eligible for remission of tuition fees. Proof of benefit will need to be supplied at enrolment.

Employer/Sponsor Undertaking Form

Please download and complete the Employer Undertaking form if your Employer/Sponsor has agreed to pay your tuition fees and/or examinations/registration fees.


The College operates a strict no refund policy. However, fees will be refunded in full if the College finds it necessary to cancel your course. Download a copy of the College Refunds Policy.

Financial Assistance

Financial Support

Funds are available towards costs for books, visits, childcare and materials, dependent upon individual circumstances. In some cases, tuition fees may be waived if you are on appropriate means-tested benefits. Before funding is approved you will need to complete an application form. Please contact the Client Services team on 020 8651 1131 for more information. All applications will be assessed on individual merit and there are no guarantees that all costs will be met.

Student Bursary Fund

John Ruskin College receives money from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to provide a bursary scheme to help support those with a total household income of £26,000 or below. Bursary funds provide financial support to overcome specific barriers to participation so you can remain in or return to education. The scheme can provide contributions towards your costs such as transport, lunches, essential kits or equipment, resource fees, educational visits and childcare for the days you attend college. Any support you receive will be subject to the conditions outlined on our bursary form.

16-19 Bursary Scheme

The bursary scheme is divided into two funds:

  1. A 16-19 Discretionary Bursary for those who have a total household income of £26,000 or below and are:
  • aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2021
  • or are aged 19 or over at 31 August 2021 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • or are aged 19 or over at 31 August 2021 and continuing on a study programme which you began aged 16 to 18
  1. Further Education Free Meals are available to those who meet the age criteria for a 16-19 Discretionary Bursary or have a parent/guardian that is in receipt of one of the following benefits:
  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit

Click here to download the 16-19 Bursary Form 2021/22


Click here to apply for a Bursary online

16-19 Vulnerable Bursary Scheme

A 16-19 Vulnerable Bursary of up to £1,200 a year if you are:

  • in care or a care leaver
  • in receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit in your own right
  • in receipt of Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments and Employment and Support Allowance/Universal Credit in your own right

Click here to download the 16-19 Vulnerable Bursary Form 2021/22


Click here to apply for a Bursary online

19+ Bursary Scheme

John Ruskin College provide a Discretionary Bursary to help you if you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course and have a total household income of £26,000 or below. If you are living independently, we will assess your income and if you are living with your parents, your application will also be assessed on their income.

Please note that if you are aged 19 or over and are in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan then you are not eligible to apply for this bursary funding. However, if this applies you may be eligible to apply for support from the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund.

Click here to download the 19+ Bursary Form 2021/22


Click here to apply for a Bursary online


All forms will need to be completed and returned to Client Services.

For more information and financial advice, you can contact our Student Bursary Adviser on 0208 651 1131 or email

Course Viability

The College runs courses in a cost-effective manner, and this will normally be determined by the number of students enrolled on a course. If at the start of the course the numbers are too low to make the course viable, the College reserves the right to cancel.

European Students

The full published fee will apply if you are aged 19 or over and have been ‘ordinarily’ resident in the UK or EEA for at least three years prior to the start of the course, unless you qualify for a concessionary fee. If the ‘ordinary’ resident criterion does not apply you may need to pay additional fees.

EU residents living outside the UK and overseas students will be required to bring their passports, visa and immigration documents to enrolment. All EU residents living in the UK will be required to bring their ID cards to enrolment.

For further information, please get in touch with our Client Services team by emailing us at 0208 651 1131 or email

International Students

The Government has introduced new legislation limiting the number of international students able to study in the UK. For further details, see At the present time we are not taking any applications from students who are currently residing overseas but will review this decision on a regular basis.

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