Auburn College

Tuition & Refund Policies

(As of 01/05/2014)

The following policies apply to current and prospective students of Auburn College.


Tuition Fees

All fees are due and payable in full at the time of enrolment

The exceptions to this rule are:

  • If a student is paying via a Career Development Loan
  • If a student has agreed staged payments with the Head of School in advance of enrolment
  • If the student is being financed via a Higher Education Loan


Staged Payment Arrangements

Tuition fees can be paid in monthly instalments if agreed with the Head of School. In these cases an administration charge of 10% of course tuition will be added. The revised total fee will then be spread evenly over the agreed number of months. The maximum number of installments is dependent upon the course duration and total fees; the first installment must be paid before commencement of the course.


In all instances of payment arrangements, a Direct Debit mandate must be completed and authorised at enrolment, students need to provide their bank details to conclude the authorisation. Students must be made aware that any amount outstanding will be payable in full in the event of the cancellation of the Direct Debit (this information will be included on the direct debit mandate). The direct debits will be taken on the 1st of each month (or closest working day thereafter).


The first instalment date will be the month following enrolment if the enrolment is prior to the 15th of the month e.g. the student enrols by the 15th of August, then the first instalment date will be the 1st of September.


Employer/Sponsor Paid Fees

Students must bring a valid authorisation letter from their employer/sponsor at time of enrolment. The student cannot sign the letter themselves unless they are the director or duly authorised individual for the organisation.


An invoice will be raised by the finance department and will be payable 30 days from the invoice date.


The school reserves the right to charge interest on outstanding balances beyond the due date at 4% above the prevailing Bank of England recommended base rate.


Acceptable Payment Methods

  • Cash
  • Direct Debit
  • Mastercard/Visa Online
  • PayPal Online
  • Building Society Cheque
  • Bankers Draft
  • Cheque with Bankers Guarantee Card

Where a student wishes to pay by cheque their cheque guarantee card must cover the full amount of the cheque, and the drawers address must be written on the back of the cheque. Moreover, if the cheque is returned due to insufficient funds said student assumes full responsibility for any bank charges incurred.


Withdrawals and Tuition Refunds

As a general rule Auburn College does not adjust fees for withdrawals or provide refunds, and all refunds must be applied for in writing. The exceptions to this rule are as follows:

  • Where the school decides to close the course a full refund will be given. Students will be automatically reimbursed for the fees they have paid and will not have to apply personally.
  •  Course fees are only refundable for extenuating personal circumstances, examples being severe illness, changes in work commitments, moving out of area and etcetera. In these circumstances a personal application must be made to the Chief Executive, consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis. An administration fee of no more than 25 per student will be deducted from all refunds except those relating to personal illness.


Sponsored Students

Where a sponsor/employer pays the fees and the student leaves the course a refund is only available if extenuating personal circumstances apply (see above). If a student leaves the sponsors employment no refund is available to the employer.

Refunds will normally be given by bacs although in exceptional circumstances it may be made via cheque or Visa/Mastercard, where a credit will be raised directly to the originators card.

Where a student pays in cash and is entitled to a refund, this will need to be highlighted to the Business Manager at the time of approval of the refund.


Refund of Registration and Examination Fees

These fees will only be refunded if the school can secure a refund from the Awarding/Examining body concerned.


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