Advanced Learner Loans
Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?
You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by colleges and training organisations. Most learners aged 19 and over, studying Further Education at Level 3 to 6, will qualify for these loans from the UK Government. It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £26,575 a year*.
*For loan applications for courses that commence 1st August 2020 onwards.
To make an Advanced Learner Loan Financial Support application follow the link below:
Do I qualify for an Advanced Leaner Loan?
To qualify you must be:
- Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
- Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this unless you meet one of the exceptions detailed at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/eligibility
- Enrolling on an eligible course at Level 3 to 6 which includes Access to HE Diplomas and other vocational qualifications. Contact the Wakefield College Course Information Team to check if an Advanced Learner Loan is available to cover fees for your chosen course on 01924 789111
- You can use the Student Loans Company Eligibility tool to check if you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner loan
How much can I get?
The amount of loan you can apply for depends on your chosen course, the fees charged by the College and maximum amounts set by the government.
- The minimum loan amount you can apply for is £300.
- You can take out a loan for the maximum amount to cover the college fee or you can pay all or part of the fee yourself. Please note, there may be instances where the College fee is higher than the maximum loan amount available.
Can I get additional support to help with childcare and travel?
The Advanced Learner Loan only covers the fee you’re being charged for your course. However, the College may be able to provide financial support towards travel and childcare costs, but this is based on household income. Please contact Financial Support on 01924 789283 for more information.
You’ll begin making repayments to Student Finance England once you complete your course and your income is over £26,575*. Please note if you withdraw from your course early, you will still be liable to repay your loan.
*for loans applications on courses that start 1 August 2019 onwards.
For further information on repayments, please view this Quick Guide published by Student Finance England
Loans for Access to Higher Education Diplomas
If you’re undertaking an Access to HE Diploma and then go on to complete a HE qualification, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.
- To qualify for this write off you must have fully completed both courses.
- You do not need to take out a loan for the HE course. However, it must be eligible for funding by Student Finance England.
- The HE course does not have to relate to the Access to HE course you complete.
- You can only apply for one loan for Access to HE courses, so if you withdraw from the course, you are unable to apply for another loan for an Access to HE course if you wish to try again.
How do I apply for a loan?
Once you’ve identified the qualification you’d like to study you should apply for your chosen course with the College. Please contact our Course Information Team 01924 789111 for further details on how to apply for a course.
After you have been interviewed and offered a place on to your chosen course, we will provide you with Learning and Funding Information Letter. You’ll need the information set out in this letter to complete an Advanced Learner Loan application to submit to Student Finance England.
For further information on applying for an Advanced Learner Loan, please view this Quick Guide published by Student Finance England.
- Advanced Learner Loans – Key Facts
- Advanced Learner Loans – FAQs
- Further information and apply online at GOV.UK
If your child receives Nursery Education vouchers these should be used to fund your childcare while you are at college. Childcare funding from College will be a top-up only if you are in attendance more than the 15 hours you receive.