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.
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.
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 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.