Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re aged 19 or over and thinking about returning to 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 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 £21,000 a year. want to study 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, you’ll need to pay your 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.

Here are some key facts about the loan:

Learner Support Fund

Learner Support Funds are available to assist students who are:

Learner Support Funds can contribute towards any of the costs associated with your studies, including childcare, college meals, exam fees, course books and materials and in some cases, travel. There is a limited amount of funding available for tuition fees.

Your application to the fund will be means tested and proof of household income will be required. Please contact us below for further information.


Students under 20 years old can get financial help with their childcare costs from Care to Learn. Care to Learn will pay for:

For further information, please contact the Helpzone Team at South Devon College, on  or Freephone 08000 380 123.


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