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Course fees and payment

All courses will have a fee attached, but some courses are eligible for concessions, whilst others may be completely funded by an external body.

Some courses may have additional costs for materials which can sometimes be purchased from your tutor. Examination fees are normally included in the cost of the course, but if the examination fee is published separately it must be paid in full and any concessions or discounts deducted from the cost of the course will not apply. This is usually because the examining body is a separate organisation with their own fees.

You can pay your course fees:

  • By debit or credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
  • By PayPal
  • If the total cost of the course is more than £70, you can pay a 25% deposit and pay the rest in instalments
  • Standing orders will also depend on your enrolment date and the course end date. Therefore it may not always be possible to pay for your course by this method as we require sufficient time for the standing order mandate to reach your bank/building society and for all instalments to be paid and received before the course end date

Pay As You Go

Some courses operate a Pay As You Go system.

Find out more about Pay As You Go courses

Terms & Conditions

Learners must abide by the regulations of Kent County Council and Kent Adult Education. Enrolling means a learner is responsible for the whole cost of the course even if they do not finish (including outstanding balances).

The Education and Skills Funding Agency require us to collect certain information about our learners which you will be required to provide.

Find out more about how your information is used and your Individual Learner Record (ILR)


If for any reason we have to cancel a course any fees paid will be refunded - learners should contact their local centre for advice.

We make every effort to keep our prices as low as possible and cannot return payments to learners who withdraw from a course. You have 14 days to change your mind from the day you pay in full or make your first payment. After this time a refund is not available unless the course is cancelled by KAE.

Transfer between courses is sometimes possible. However, unless this is on the advice of Kent Adult Education, a £10 administration charge will be levied.

Concessions and funding

Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a concession or discount on selected courses. To see if you are eligible check our concessions guide.

You will need to provide documentary evidence to prove your eligibility for a concession. This must be shown to a member of the Customer Relations Team on or before the first session of the course.

Additional financial support may also be available if you cannot meet the costs of your course, including the course fee and cost of exams, travel, books, equipment and childcare. Please speak to a member of staff who will be able to advise you further and support your application.

We have launched 'Positive Steps', a dedicated social prescribing package. The scheme has been specifically designed to address some of the barriers to learning that people may face, therefore helping to make the first step into learning more achievable. The scheme includes a distinct set of pathways, onto which we will accept referrals via a link worker, community connector or any health professional. Find out more about Positive Steps.