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Fees, concessions and refunds


Medway Adult Education provides many learning opportunities sponsored by the Skills Funding Agency. Eligibility conditions will apply to those courses.

Tuition fees

Fees are changed according to regulations relevant to particular courses. Some courses require full payment whilst many provide concessions on fees for people on benefits and for those over 60-years-old.


Many of our classes are subsidised by the Skills Funding Agency. This funding is available to 19-year-olds and older who have been living continuously for three years in the United Kingdom (UK), or are a European Union (EU) national (or spouse or child of an EU national) who has been resident continuously in an EU country for at least the last three years. You may still be able to enrol if you do not meet this criteria. Please enquire.

Examination fees

  • It is a requirement of the Skills Funding Agency that learners who are enrolled on courses with qualifications must be aiming to gain a qualification and therefore need to register with the relevant examination board at an early stage in the course. An examination fee may be payable - please enquire.
  • Any examination fees paid after the due date will be subject to an additional £5 administration fee.


You can pay fees by standing order if the course is 12 weeks or longer and costs more than £94. Download a Medway Adult Education standing order form (pdf 79KB).

Many courses involve additional costs which are detailed on the course information sheet.


  • Refunds are only issued to learners who withdraw more than two weeks before the start date of their chosen course. A £10 administration charge will be deducted from the amount refunded.
  • After the course has started, refunds are only given if the course is closed. The amount refunded will be a pro-rata amount calculated on the length of time the course ran.

Financial help

There is a fund available offering some limited financial support to learners who receive means-tested benefits and are studying for qualifications. The Discretionary Learner Support Fund offers assistance with childcare, travel costs, tuition and examination fees.

2017-18 course directory

The 2017/18 Course Directory from Medway Adult Education is now available. Alternatively, it can be collected from all adult earning centres, Medway libraries, leisure centres and various community venues.