Advanced Learner Loan

3. Eligibility

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 before 1 August 2016

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

Your course must be:

Ask your college or training provider if you don’t know if your course is eligible.

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:

Ask your college or training provider if you don’t know if your course is eligible.

Your nationality or residency status

In most cases, all of the following must apply. 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 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
  • not a UK national but you’ve lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half of your life)
  • a refugee
  • a migrant worker
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker
  • under humanitarian protection or a relative of someone who has been granted it

From 1 August 2017 you may also qualify if you’re not resident in the UK but you’re a serving member of the UK armed forces (or their spouse, civil partner or a dependent parent living with them).