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Whether you qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on your:

  • course
  • college or training provider
  • age
  • nationality or residency status


If your course starts on or after 1 August 2016

You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course.

Your course must be:

Your Nationality or Residency Status

You must usually:

  • be living in the UK on the first day of your course
  • have been living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
  • be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)

You may also qualify if you’re:

  • a UK national, or someone with settled status, but you live somewhere else in the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • an EU national or a family member of one
  • a refugee
  • a migrant worker
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

When you apply for your chosen course, Farnham College can confirm whether or not you will qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does getting a loan depend on my income or credit history?

No. Getting a loan doesn’t depend on your income and credit checks aren’t carried out. Repayments are based on your income and won’t begin until your income is over £25,000 a year.

Is there an upper age limit for someone applying for a loan?

No. There’s no upper age limit.

Which qualifications can I get a loan for?

You’ll need to be doing a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification which is approved for public funding, including A Levels and other Diplomas and Certificates. These Further Education loans don’t cover Degrees or other forms of Higher Education where separate student support arrangements exist. Existing entitlements to study for a first Level 2 and 3 qualifications remain so if you have not achieved a previous Level 2 or 3 qualification you will not need to pay. You can get further advice on which qualifications are eligible for loans from your college or training organisation.

Can I still apply for a loan for a qualification that’s not approved for public funding?

No. Only qualifications approved for public funding are eligible for loans. If you want to undertake a qualification that’s not eligible for a loan then you’d need to agree another method of funding the course with the College.


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