Advanced Learner Loan

Have you heard about the Advanced Learner Loan?

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners pay their tuition fees.

It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

To check if your course is eligible to be funded by an Advanced Learner Loan please contact us.

Adult Discussion


What are the key facts I should know about the loan?

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £25,000 a year. Your repayments will stop if your income drops below £25,000 a year.
  • Your annual repayment amount will be 9% of any income you earn over £25,000, so your monthly repayments would be:
    • £15 a month – if you earned £27,000 a year
    • £37 a month – if you earned £30,000 a year

Can I apply for an Advanced Learner Loan?

If you’re aged 19 or over and want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you’ll need to pay your college for the cost of your course.

If you are still not sure, whether the loan is suitable for you, take a look here:

eligibility criteria

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Is there anything else I should be aware of?

  • You will not be eligible for a loan if you have already taken one to complete the same type and level of qualification.
  • If you are aged 19-23 and are applying for your first Level 3 qualification, this may be free. Please contact us to check your eligibility.
  • If you are taking out a loan for an access course, you will not have to repay it if you then go on to complete a higher education qualification.
  • Loans are available irrespective of your current employment status and will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.

Already Applied?

Watch this film to find out about how Katrina, Jodie and Geoff used the Advanced Learner Loan to fund their studies.


For further information visit the National Careers Service website.

Also have a look at the Money Advice Service website.