Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans are student loans similar to higher education (HE) loans, but are for further education (FE)/college courses.

Applying for an Advanced Learner Loan

You can apply for a loan to meet the upfront tuition costs of your qualification and these will be paid directly to the college on your behalf. If you do not take out a loan then you will be expected to meet the course tuition costs yourself.

If you are aged 19 or over and were previously entitled to free tuition, you will not be eligible anymore as the old fee remission entitlement does not apply. You will have to take out a loan for any Level 3 course.

Fee remission

If you are aged between 19 and 23 you may not need to pay for your course, if you do not have a level 3 qualification.

Our customer services team can advise you on this.


Financial Support team

01484 437191

Who is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?


Whether you qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on your:

  • course
  • college or training provider
  • age
  • nationality or residency status

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2016

You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course.

Your course must be:

  • a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification, eg A Levels, graduate certificate or foundation degree
  • at an approved college or training provider in England

Contact the college’s Financial Support team on 01484 437191 or email if you don’t know if your course is eligible.

You can also use Student Finance’s online eligiblity tool, by clicking the link below, to see if you are eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Your nationality or residency status, must:

  • be living in the UK on the first day of your course
  • have been living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
  • be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)

You may also qualify if you are:

  • a UK national, or someone with settled status, but you live somewhere else in the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • an EU national or a family member of one
  • a refugee
  • a migrant worker
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

Advanced Learner Loans were previously for 24+

From the 2016/17 academic year, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills are expanding advanced learner loans to include those aged 19-23 years old as well as those studying at level 5 and level 6.

Further information will be released in due course. But if you have any questions about the changes to the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan then contact:

Financial Support Team
0800 804 6134

When do I need to apply?

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan online.

The loans application process will begin in March/April 2018 for the 2018/19 academic year.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

You might be eligible to apply to the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary for support with course costs such as travel.

Please contact the Financial Support Team for further information or visit the following VLE page


Financial support team


0800 8046134

Financial and career benefits

People with the highest education qualifications tend to earn more. Those whom are educated to a level 3 standard earn approximately 15 per cent more per hour than someone without.

Those who progress on to a higher education course can earn 45 per cent more per hour compared to someone with a level 2 qualification.

A degree qualification can also improve your likely earnings by 85 per cent per hour.

What does it mean for me?

You will not have to pay anything up front for your course fees and you will not pay anything back until you have completed your course and are earning £25k or more.

If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education course and you progress on to and complete higher education study, then you will not have to pay back your Further Education (FE) loan.

Kirklees College