Advanced Learner Loan

Eligibility

Whether a learner can qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on their:

  • course information including what they're studying and where
  • age
  • nationality and residency status
  • previous study

 

Course information

The learner must be 19 or older on the first day of their course.

The course must be:

Course Length

The course must be at least 2 weeks to be eligible for funding, but there's no maximum time limit in which a learner has to complete their course. However, there are maximum limits on how long we can pay a loan for. 

Learning Aim Maximum Time Limit
A Level 2 years
Access to HEI 2 years
Certificates 2 years
Diplomas 3 years

Nationality or residency status

Learners must usually:

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

 

They can also apply if they’ve been living in the UK, the EEA, Gibraltar or Switzerland for the past 3 years and are:

 

  • the child of a Swiss national and the learner and their Swiss parent have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • an EEA or Swiss worker, or the family member of an EEA or Swiss Worker, and the learner, and their family member where applicable, have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • a UK national, or the family member of a UK National, both the UK national and their family member, where the learner is the family member, have lived in the UK, EEA, Gibraltar or Switzerland for the past 3 years and were living in the EEA or Switzerland on 31 December 2020, or living in the UK on 31 December 2020 after returning from the EEA or Switzerland on or after 1 January 2018
  • An Irish citizen and living in the UK on 31 December 2020
  • the child of a Turkish worker and both the learner and their Turkish worker parent were in the UK by 31 December 2020.

 

They can also apply if they have one of the following Home Office statuses:

 

  • Humanitarian protection or the family member of someone with this status
  • Stateless status or the family member of someone with this status
  • Refugee status or the family member of someone with this status
  • Calais leave and dependent child granted ‘leave line’
  • Classed as ‘leave to remain’ under the section 67 of the Immigration act or the dependent child of someone with this status
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK as the victim of domestic violence or abuse
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain as a person who has been a bereaved partner

 

They could also be eligible if they’ve been living in the UK for at least half their life or at least 20 years.

 

To be eligible for support under the long residence category, they must have limited Leave to Remain (including Discretionary Leave to Remain) and have lived in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for three years before the first day of their course. They must also live in England on the first day of their course.

 

They may be eligible if they've been living in the UK, the EEA, Gibraltar or Switzerland for the past 3 years and have:

 

  • pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and are an EU national or a family member of an EU national;
  • pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and are a family member of an Irish citizen or Person of Northern Ireland;
  • Gibraltarian status as an EU national or family member, or
  • been living in Gibraltar as a UK national or family member.

 

They may also be eligible if they’ve been living in the UK or Ireland for the past 3 years (with part of that time spent in Ireland) and have Irish citizenship.

 

Learners whose courses start before 1 August 2021 will continue to get student finance for the rest of their course.

 

Find out more on GOV.UK.

 

Learners who live outside England may also be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan if they're:

 

  • a serving member of the UK armed forces
  • the spouse/civil partner of a serving member
  • a child, step-child or adoptive child living with a member of the UK Armed Forces serving outwith England
  • a dependent parent living with a serving member

 

We’ve created an eligibility tool for learners considering an Advanced Learner Loan.

 

Previous Study

Learners can usually get a maximum of 4 Advanced Learner Loans.

The exception to this is if they're studying an AS or A level where they can apply for up to 8 Loans, and can still get a further 3 loans for courses that are not AS/A Levels. Previous educational study will not affect a learner’s entitlement to their first FE loan.

Learners will be able to get up to 4 loans for the same type of vocational qualification. However, they'll still only be entitled to one loan for a programme for A Levels or Access to HE Diploma.