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Loans and financial help

Loans and financial help

In some circumstances you may be eligible for financial help.

24 + Advanced Learning Loans

Loans are available for learners aged 24 and over studying at level 3 or above.  You can apply for a loan to meet the tuition cost of your qualification.

More information is available on the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans pages of GOV.UK.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are studying for a qualification, you may be entitled to help with paying your course fees, exam fees, travel, resources and/or childcare. 

You will be considered if:

  • You are aged 19 or over and studying on an accredited course (up to and including Level 2) funded by the Skills Funding Agency    
  • You have been a resident or you are a family member of a UK/EEA/EU citizen living in the UK/EEA/EU for the last three years  
  • You live with parents and have a personal income under £12,500   
  • You live independently with a personal income under £18,500    
  • You live with a spouse/partner or as a lone parent with a total income under £24,500    
  • You are experiencing exceptional circumstances outside the income limits stated above (these will be assessed on an individual basis)    

You will not be considered if:

  • You are aged between 16 to 18    
  • You have previously received support for this qualification and not achieved the required attendance level of 85 per cent    
  • You are an overseas learner from outside the EEA    
  • You are in receipt of a grant from another source for the same items    
  • You have not been a UK/EEA/EU resident for three years    
  • You are a family member of a UK/EEA/EU citizen who has not lived in the UK for three years
  • You are aged 24 years or above and are enrolling on a Level 3 course

Please contact a member of the customer service team for more information and an application form.

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Last updated: 01/09/2015
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