Advanced Learner Loan
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What is an Advanced Learner Loan?
The government is introducing loans for all students aged 19 and above in further education and training studying accredited courses recognised by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at level 3 and above.
The only course offered by the WEA that the Advanced Learner Loan apply to is the Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting.
Please click here to see the step by step guide to applying for your loan.
How do I know if I am eligible for a loan?
You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course.
Your course must be:
- a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification, eg A Levels or graduate certificate
- at an approved college or training provider in England
Ask your college or training provider if you don’t know if your course is eligible.
Please note: Getting a loan doesn’t depend on your household income and there’s no credit check.
How much will I receive?
The amount you’ll get depends on the type of course you take and how much the tuition fees are. The minimum loan you can get is £300. You don’t have to borrow the full cost of your course. You can pay for some of it yourself.
How will the loan be paid?
The money will be paid directly to your college or training organisation, once they’ve confirmed you’ve attended the course for 2 weeks.
When will I have to repay the loan?
You won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £21,000 a year. If you are on an Access to Higher Education course and go on to complete a degree, you won’t have to repay the loan for your Access course.
Please click here to see further information about loan re-payment.
When do I need to apply for a loan?
Once you have applied and been accepted on your course, your college or training organisation will send you a Learning and Funding Information Letter. This will provide you with all the information you will need to apply for a loan. It is your responsibility to apply for the loan and you will not be able to start the course until it has been approved. We would advise that you apply for your loan as soon as you receive your Learning and Funding Information letter.
How many loans can I receive?
You can apply for up to 4 loans and you can get more than one at the same time.
You can apply for another loan to take the same level of a course, eg the same level qualification in History if you’ve already had a loan for the same level in Maths.
You can only apply once for an Access to Higher Education course.
You can apply for a loan to fund each course you take towards your A Levels - up to a maximum of 4 A Levels.
This means you can have up to 8 loans if you’re taking each A Level as 2 separate courses.
The courses must be in the same subject to qualify for a full A Level.
You can get 3 more loans for non A Level courses either before or after your course of A Levels.
What if I need extra financial assistance with my course?
The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund is a scheme to help support students who are eligible for a Advanced Learner Loan and need extra financial support. The fund does not cover tuition, registration and exam fees.
Students should note that the Bursary Fund is an extremely limited pot of money and so only those students who are facing the most severe financial hardship will qualify for financial support.
Please click here to see the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund Statement .
Please click here to download our Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund Application Form .
Where can I get more information?
Please visit the following websites for further information: