Published: 27/05/2021 · Last Updated: 27/05/2021

ALL bulletin – May 2021

Preparing for launch

Your learners will only be able to apply from 28 June if you have returned your AY 2021/22 loans contract to ESFA. Please check that this has been done and is visible on the Learning Provider Portal before service launch.

When you issue Learning and Funding Information Letters (LAFILs) to learners, please check that the learning aim is approved for funding in AY 2021/22. Please let learners know that they can only submit applications once the service launches on 28 June. We will mark any applications submitted before this as ineligible.

ESFA has updated the suggested LAFIL template for this year. You can view and download the template from GOV.UK.

You can find further information and guidance on our practitioner website. This includes useful tools and materials to help you and your colleagues. Learners can find further information on GOV.UK.

ESFA Advanced Learner Loans Funding Rules for AY 2021/22

ESFA has published the updated Advanced Learner Loans Funding Rules for 2021 to 2022.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact your ESFA territory manager.

Loan allocation monitoring

You are responsible for monitoring your loan allocation so that you do not exceed it. If you exceed your allocation, ESFA will request that we put a block on approving any new applications.

You can use the financial reports on the Learning Provider Portal to monitor your loan allocation. You can find guidance for this on the LP Services website. If you have any questions about how to use these reports, please contact your FE account manager who will be happy to help.