If you are aged 19 or over and thinking about a further education course, an Advanced Learner Loan could be right for you.
An Advanced Learner Loan will help you pay the course fees charged by your learning provider. The good news is that most learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 or above, will qualify for one of these loans from the UK Government. It’s easy to apply for, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You also won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 a year.
If you are aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of your course and you do not have a full level 3 qualification, you do not have to pay for your course or take out a loan.
However, if you do hold a full level 3 qualification and are aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of your course, you will need to pay the course fee. You can apply for an advanced learning loan to help you with your fees.
To qualify you must be:
You can find out further information by visiting this link: www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/further-education
The loan doesn't depend on your income and there are no credit checks. Any individual who meets the criteria will be able to apply for a loan whether they're employed or unemployed – the loan will then be paid directly to the college on your behalf.
You won't need to pay anything up front for your course fees and you won't have to pay anything back until you earn more than, £404 a week, £1750 per month or £21,000 a year.
You will need a Learning and Funding Information letter from us before starting your application online at: www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.
If you decide to apply for the loan, please complete your application form as soon as possible after enrolment.
If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education programme and you progress to complete a Higher Education programme, you will not have to pay anything back.
Make an appointment to see a member of our Learner Services Team. You can find their details here.
For any additional information about Advanced Learning Loans please visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans