24+ Advanced Learning Loans

Key Facts

You can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of a college or training course if you’re 24 or older.

The course must start on or after 1 August 2013 and be eligible – eg a Level 3 or 4 course (such as an A Level) or an advanced or higher apprenticeship.

Loans have to be paid back. Repayments don’t start until April 2016 and you won’t have to pay anything back until you earn more than £21,000 a year.

Whether you qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan depends on your:

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

Your course

Your course must start between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014.

Your course must be one of the following:

Your college or training provider

You must be studying at a college or training provider in England approved for public funding.

Your age

You must be 24 or older on the first day of your course.

Your nationality or residency status

You must:

  • 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’s no restrictions on how long you can stay)
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