If you are aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of your course and you do not have a full level 3 qualification, you do not have to pay for your course or take out a loan.

If you do hold a full level 3 qualification and are aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of your course, you can apply for an advanced learning loan to help you with your fees.

To qualify you must be:

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there's no upper age-limit) and starting your course on or after 1 August 2016
  • Enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 or level 4, which include; A levels, access to HE diplomas, other diplomas and certificates, advanced apprenticeships or higher apprenticeships.
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three or more years immediately before the first day of your course.
  • Studying with a college or training organisation in England approved for public funding.

You can download our Advanced Learning Loans information pack with the link below:

pdfAdvanced Learning Loans Information Pack

You can find out further information by visiting this link:


The loan doesn't depend on your income and there are no credit checks. Any individual who meets the criteria will be able to apply for a loan whether they're employed or unemployed – the loan will then be paid directly to the college on your behalf.

You won't need to pay anything up front for your course fees and you won't have to pay anything back until you earn more than, £404 a week, £1750 per month or £21,000 a year.

How to apply

You will need a 'Learning and funding information' letter from us before starting your application online at:


If you decide to apply for the loan, please complete your application form as soon as possible after enrolment.

If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education programme and you progress to complete a Higher Education programme, you will not have to pay anything back.

For any additional information about Advanced Learning Loans please visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans

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