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Advanced Learner Loans

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Don't let the cost of a course stop you from following your dreams

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.

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.

Sound like a plan?

To qualify you must be:

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there's no upper age-limit) and starting your course on or after 1 August 2016
  • Enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 or level 4, which include; A levels, access to HE diplomas, other diplomas and certificates, advanced apprenticeships or higher apprenticeships.
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three or more years immediately before the first day of your course.
  • Studying with a college or training organisation in England approved for public funding.

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.

How to apply

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.

Where can I get more information?

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

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