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If you're aged 19 or over and you are thinking about Further Education or training you may be eligble for an Advanced Learner Loan (previously known as the 24+ Advanced Learner Loan). Students who want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 (Level 3 or 4 only if your course begins before 1 August 2016) vocational qualification, will be required to pay their college or training organisation for the cost of your course.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

What are Advanced Learner Loans?

The Advanced Learner Loan covers your tuition fees and can cover all or part of the fee. The loan is for the full duration of your course and covers a range of Level 3 to Level 6 courses.

Katrina, Jodie, and Geoff all applied for Advanced Learner Loans to help with the cost of their studies. The video below from the National Careers Service tells their stories:

How much will I be entitled to?

The minimum loan is £300. The amount of loan you get depends on the type of course you take and how much the fees are, you can take out a loan to pay all your course fees or just part – it’s your choice.

Who is eligible?

To qualify you must be:

  • Studying at an approved college or training provider. Bradford College is an approved venue.
  • 19 years of age and older on the first day of your course.
  • Studying a Level 3 to 6 qualification.
  • a UK Resident or be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)

You can use this eligibility tool from Student Finance England to assess whether you may be eligble.  

Which courses qualify for a loan?

The loans are for full and part-time Further Education students at Level 3 or above.
This could be:

  • A Levels (4)
  • Certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships
  • Access to HE Courses

How and when will I pay back the loan?

Repayments will automatically be deducted from your salary once you've started earning over £21,000 a year, repayments will paid at 9% of your income. Any outstanding balance is automatically written off 30 years from your last payment.

How do I apply?

You’ll be able to apply online or by post to Student Finance England. To complete the application, you will need a Course Offer Letter from the College.

Please note: 

On receipt of your loan confirmation please sign it and return it to Student Finance England, without the signed confirmation your loan will not be activated.  The loans company will cancel your application without the confirmation and you would be liable for full fees.

Contact us

Contact us on 01274 433172 for more information.

Bradford College
Great Horton Road
West Yorkshire

To find the latest information go to the UK Government's Advanced Learner Loans Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

It’s important to get advice before you take out a loan. You can get independent financial advice from the Money Advice Service.

For more information and help, contact our FE Registry team to discuss other alternatives by phone on 01274 433172 or e-mail [email protected].