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

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
  • 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