Further education courses and funding (2023)

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Further education (FE) includes any study after secondary education that’s not part of higher education (that is, not taken as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree).

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Courses range from basic English and maths to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs).

FE also includes 3 types of technical and applied qualifications for 16 to 19-year-olds:

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  • level 3 tech levels to specialise in a specific technical job
  • level 2 technical certificates help get employment or progress to another tech level
  • applied general qualifications to continue general education at advanced level through applied learning


Many courses in reading, writing and basic maths are free, and you may not have to pay for tuition if you’re under 24 and studying for your first qualification equivalent to GCSE or A level.

Find out about financial support, for example for your course or day-to-day living costs.

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What are 3 different ways you can seek funding for higher education? ›

ED offers three kinds of grants:
  • Discretionary grants: awarded using a competitive process.
  • Student loans or grants: to help students attend college.
  • Formula grants: uses formulas determined by Congress and has no application process.
Aug 1, 2022

Why is it important to further your education? ›

Many professions require continuing education because they have specific training that is crucial to your success. Without this education, there's no way for you to qualify for or succeed in a position. Learning new skills through continuing education is key to being prepared for a career transition.

What are at least two realistic ways of funding your education? ›

5 Ways to Finance Your College Education
  • Federal Grants and Loans. Most colleges and universities will ask your family for the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. ...
  • State/Organizational Grants and Scholarships. ...
  • Work Study/Campus Jobs. ...
  • School Specific Scholarships. ...
  • Spend Wisely.

How has your education prepared you for your career sample answer? ›

1. My college education has exceptionally prepared me for a smooth transition from school to work by providing me with the skills necessary to succeed. On my first internship- I honed in on my marketing skills by developing useful strategies with a team.

How do students usually fund their education? ›

Students use financial aid to pay for 92% of college education costs. Scholarships and grants cover $7,500 of annual academic costs per student. $120 billion in federal student aid goes out each year in the form of grants, work-study, and loans.

How do you fund higher education? ›

Some types of financial aid are better than others, so use the following advice in this order when planning how to pay for college:
  1. Fill out the FAFSA. ...
  2. Search for scholarships. ...
  3. Choose an affordable school. ...
  4. Use grants if you qualify. ...
  5. Get a work-study job. ...
  6. Tap your savings. ...
  7. Take out federal loans if you have to.
Dec 7, 2022


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