Advanced Learner Loan

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

If you are aged 19 then you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

As long as you are aged 19 or over on the first day of your course, are a UK resident, enrolling onto an eligible course, at Level 3 or above, then you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

The Advanced Learner Loan will cover the cost of your course, so you do not have to pay upfront.

How do I qualify?

You qualify for the loan if you are:-

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age-limit)
  • 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 prior.
  • If you are aged 24 or over and enrolling on an eligible course at Level 3 or above.


  • If you are aged between 19-23 and this will be your second Level 3 course or above, which includes A Levels, Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates.
N.B If your loan is not approved by Student Finance England (SFE) before the start date of your course you will not be able to enrol/continue with your studies.

More details can be found in the leaflet below, or if you would like to apply please click here.

Can I get support from the Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Fund?

Please note that you need to have the Advanced Learning Loan to be eligible to access the Bursary Fund. If you or your employer pay your fees then you will not be eligible for the Bursary.

The Bursary fund provides support for those of you that are disadvantaged and vulnerable students. Those of you that have had a loan approved by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and have registered for their course are potentially eligible, dependant on need. To download a copy of the policy please click here.