Whether you qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on your:
- college or training provider
- 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.