Advanced Learner Loan

2. What you'll get

How much you get depends on:

  • the type of course
  • your course fees
  • the maximum loan available for your course

The minimum loan you can get is £300 and is paid directly to your college or training provider.

You don’t have to borrow the full cost of your course - you can pay for some of it yourself.

Number of loans you can get

If your course starts before 1 August 2016

You can apply for up to 4 loans but you can only get one loan at a time.

You can’t apply for another loan to take the same level of a course, for example the same level qualification in French if you’ve already had a loan for the same level in Italian.

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2016

You can apply for up to 4 loans and you can get more than one at the same time.

You can apply for another loan to take the same level of a course, for example the same level qualification in History if you’ve already had a loan for the same level in Maths.

You can only apply once for an Access to Higher Education course.

A Levels

You can apply for a loan to fund each course you take towards your A Levels - up to a maximum of 4 A Levels.

This means you can have up to 8 loans if you’re taking each A Level as 2 separate courses.

The courses must be in the same subject to qualify for a full A Level.

You can get 3 more loans for non A Level courses either before or after your course of A Levels.