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Funding Places for 19-to 25-year-olds

Funding places for 19 to 25 year-olds


Young People aged 19-25

Local authorities should be ambitious for children and young people with SEN, raising their aspirations and promoting high expectations about what they can achieve in school, college and beyond.

Local authorities should ensure children and young people have access to the right support and opportunities that will prepare them successfully for adulthood by helping them achieve the agreed outcomes in their EHC plan. 


If you have an EHCP

19- to 25-year-olds with EHC plans should have free access to further education in the same way as 16-to 18-year-olds.  This also applies to Apprenticeships. 

Colleges or training providers must not charge young people tuition fees as this is funded by the local authority and the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)


If you don't have an EHCP


If you have SEN but do not have an EHC plan, you can still choose to remain in further education.

Colleges are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for all students aged 19 and over who do not have an EHC plan (including those who declare a learning difficulty or disability).

Colleges are able to charge fees for these students, but must use their best endeavours to secure the necessary special educational provision that they need.