4. How to apply
Check with your college or training provider that the course qualifies.
Ask them for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter - you need this to complete the application. It contains the details about your course.
Apply online - you’ll need to register first. You can apply by post if you can’t apply online.
You’ll get a letter confirming your loan - usually within 2 weeks if you apply online (postal applications take longer).
What you need to know
You can’t apply until you get a ‘learning and funding information letter’ from your college or training provider.
You can apply for a loan without a National Insurance number but you must have one before the loan can be paid.
Apply by post
If you can’t apply online, apply by post - the address is on the form.
Proof of identity
Include your UK passport details in your application as proof of identity. If you forget, use the ‘UK passport details form’. If you don’t have a UK passport (or it has expired), send your birth or adoption certificate using the ‘Birth or adoption certificate form’.
Use the ‘Evidence return form’ if you need to send extra information to support your application, such as proof of residency status.
Change an application
Once your application has been approved you can log in to your account to make a change online.
If you just want to change your loan amount you can use the loan request form instead.