Advanced Learner Loan

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Eligibility

Whether you qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on your:

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

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 do not 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
  • be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)
  • have been living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course

You may also be eligible if you’re a UK national (or family member of a UK national) who either:

  • returned to the UK on or after 1 January 2018 and by 31 December 2020 after living in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • was living in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein on 31 December 2020 and has been living in the UK, the EU, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein for the past 3 years

If you’re an EU national or a family member of an EU national

You may be eligible if you’re an EU national, or a family member of an EU national, and all the following apply:

  • you have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • you’ve normally lived in the UK, Gibraltar, EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein for the past 3 years

You could also be eligible if you’re:

  • the child of a Swiss national
  • a resident of Gibraltar who is a UK or EU national, or their family member

Student finance for EU, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Liechtenstein nationals from August 2021

If you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

You need to have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline to apply was 30 June 2021 for most people. You can still apply if you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for being unable to apply by the deadline - for example, you had an illness or were the victim of domestic abuse.

Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme. They can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they wish to, for example, to apply on behalf of a child.

If you have a different residency status

You may also be eligible if your residency status is one of the following:

  • a refugee, or the family member of one
  • a migrant worker or a frontier worker, or a family member of one
  • you’re the family member of a person of Northern Ireland and you have pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • you’re not a UK national but you’ve lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half of your life)
  • under humanitarian protection or a family member of someone who has been granted it
  • the child of a Turkish worker
  • staying in the UK as a stateless person, or their family member, and your course started on or after 1 August 2018
  • granted ‘Calais leave’ to remain, or the child of someone granted ‘Calais leave’ to remain - if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020
  • a serving member of the UK armed forces, or their spouse, civil partner or a dependent parent or child living with them, doing a distance learning course from outside the UK that started on or after 1 August 2017
  • you’ve been given indefinite leave to remain because you’ve been the victim of domestic violence
  • you’ve been given indefinite leave to remain as a bereaved partner