Advanced Learning Loans
The Advanced Learner Loan will be available to people aged 19+ from 1 August 2016.
The loan is easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check. It will fund your college course at Level 3 and above, including Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships.
You only start to pay back the loan once you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000. Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
In addition, students who progress from an Access to Higher Education Diploma course to complete a Higher Education Degree can have their outstanding 19+ Advanced Learning Loan for the Access course written off.
You can download an application or complete it online on
Financial Support for Students 19+
The College offers help for students who are aged 19 + through the Discretionary Support Fund or the College Charity BTAS.
In order to get financial support you need to be a student aged 19+ where a lack of money will prevent you beginning or continuing with your studies.
We can give help in many areas including:-
- payment for course trips
- exam fees
The Discretionary Learner Support Fund can be used by students who are aged 19+ and are studying for a government funded course which will lead to a qualification or accreditation. Funded, accredited courses are marked in our course brochures with a ★
The Fund can also be used to help those who are not eligible or do not wish to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan, for example a 25 year old who is studying for a level 3 or above government funded course.
Students on non-accredited courses can apply to the College Charity BTAS for support.
In order to be eligible for either fund you need to:
- have a household income of less than £25,000 (including all waged income and benefits e.g working tax credits, child tax credit, income support, Universal credit, pension credit, council tax benefits etc)
How to Apply
Download the Application for Learner Support Fund Form on the right.