4. How to apply

  1. Check with your college or training provider that the course qualifies.

  2. Ask them for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter - you need this to complete the application. It contains the details about your course.

  3. Apply online - you’ll need to register first. If you can’t apply online you can download the forms below.

  4. 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.

Your course must start between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2015.

You can apply for a loan without a National Insurance number but you must have one before the loan can be paid.

Application forms

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’.

Supporting information

Use the ‘Evidence return form’ if you need to send extra information to support your application (eg proof of residency status).

Signature form

Use the ‘Signature form’ if you’ve sent your application but not signed the form.

Change an application

To change:

  • the amount of loan you’ve applied for, use the ‘Loan request’ form
  • your personal details (eg contact details), use the ‘Change of circumstance’ form - not currently available

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