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What is an Advanced Learner Loan?


What is an Advanced Learner Loan

If you are studying on a full-time Level 3 or 4 programme or apprenticeship, you are eligible to apply for a loan to help you pay your tuition fees. These loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks, and you start repaying the loan when you earn over £25,725 per year.   

Loans for Access to Higher education programmes are cleared if you go on to complete a higher education programme with the support of a higher education student loan.   

For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please visit


Paying your fees  

Payment may be made in person, over the phone or electronically  

The preferred methods of payment are:  

  • Most major credit and debit cards excluding American Express  
  • Bank transfer. Please use Student ID as reference. 
  • Online via payment portal 
  • Advanced Learner Loan  
  • Direct debit as part of an instalment plan, if eligible 

In certain circumstances, other payment methods may be used including:  

  • cheques

Please note: Due to the risks associated with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to accept cash payments at this time.


Paying by Direct Debit 

You may request to pay course fees by Direct Debit instalments subject to the following conditions:  

  • 40% of the course fee is paid at enrolment 
  • A £10 instalment administration fee is payable at enrolment 
  • A direct debit mandate is completed at point of enrolment and given to the enrolment personnel 
  • You must have a UK bank account 
  • The course must be delivered over 15 weeks or more 
  • The course fee must be: 
    1. £250 or over for a short plan, or 
    2. £500 or over for a long plan 
  • The remaining 60% of the course fee is paid over: 
    1. Six equal instalments of 10% each for a long plan 
    2. Two equal instalments of 30% each for a short plan 
  • These instalment plans can only be offered if the full course fees will be paid in full prior to the course end date 
  • If a student withdraws from the course, they will remain liable for any outstanding balance 


Employer payments  

If your employer is paying your fees, we will need a letter on your employer’s headed paper, confirming they agree to pay your course fees. We will then raise an invoice to them.

This letter should include: 

  • Your / the students name 
  • Course name 
  • Academic year 
  • Value being contributed 
  • Invoice address 
  • Email address for submission of invoice 
  • Be signed by a manager 


Invoice terms are 30 days from date of invoice, and full invoice value must be paid.

Instalment options are not available (except apprenticeship courses). 


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