You may qualify for the Advanced Learner Loan to help pay for your course tuition fees.
This scheme has been introduced by the government to help learners over the age of 19 study for qualifications at Level 3 and above that will improve their employability and develop high-level skills and knowledge.
The availability of loans at Level 3 does not replace an individual aged 19 to 23’s legal entitlement to full funding for a first full Level 3.
This page covers the key information and frequently asked questions in relation to the loan, eligibility and how it works.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan you must:
- be aged 19 and over at the start of your course
- Be studying an eligible course to Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 (including QCF Certificates and Diplomas, Access to Higher Education, A Levels (maximum of four), Advanced and Higher apprenticeships
- Be a resident in the UK (meeting Student Finance England nationality or residency status)
When can I apply?
You can apply for a learning loan once you have received your ‘Learning and Funding Information Letter’ from college, which gives you the course information you will need to apply for a learning loan.
You will also be required to provide personal information.
Further information is on the gov.uk website or you can contact Student Finance England online or by telephone on 0300 100 0607.
How do I apply?
The easiest way is to apply online or you can download an application form to complete and send to Student Finance England, however, this can take longer.
Download an application form
Before applying for a loan you may wish to seek advice from the following sources:
How much can I borrow?
The Skills Funding Agency determines the maximum loan amount for each qualification it funds.
In some cases there may be a shortfall which you will have to pay if the cost of the course exceeds the maximum loan amount.
This information will be in your 'Learning and Funding Information Letter'.
The minimum amount you can borrow is £300.
Can I get additional financial support?
The Advanced Learner Loan bursary may be able to provide additional financial support and also help with childcare costs whilst you study.
Financial support for adult learners
How many loans can I take out?
You can only take out one loan at a time, but you can have up to a maximum of four loans in total.
Please note: You cannot take out a loan to repeat a similar course at the same level.
How do I repay the Advanced Learner Loan?
You won’t have to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 a year, and the loan will be written off after 30 years. Interest on the loan will be at the rate set by the Student Loans Company which will be lower than anything available from the high street.
Learners who take out an Advanced Learner Loan for an Access to HE course may be able to get the balance of the Advanced Learner Loan for the Access course written off after completing a designated and prescribed Higher Education course.
Further information is available at studentloanrepayment.co.uk.
How much will my repayments be?
9% of your income over the £21,000 threshold. For example, if your income is £25,000 a year then your loan repayments would be around £360 a year (or £30 a month).
|Income each year before tax
|Up to £21,000
More information on the Advanced Learner Loan is available from the Government website.