Advanced Learner Loan


If you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2016 you may qualify for a Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by colleges and training organisations. Most learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 to Level 6, will qualify for these new loans from the UK government. It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 a year.

Key facts

Read this fact sheet along with the ‘Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Learners’ which you’ll find at

Do I qualify?

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
• living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this unless you meet one of the exceptions detailed here.
• studying with a college or training organisation in England approved for public funding
• enrolling on an eligible course at Level 3 to Level 6 (which includes A levels, Access to HE Diplomas
and other Diplomas and Certificates).

These loans do not cover Degrees or other forms of Higher Education (HE). For information on funding for
HE go to