Advanced Learner Loan Bulletin – February 2020

February's ALL bulletin

28 February 2020

Learning Provider Portal training

We have completed our schedule of Learning Provider Portal training events throughout January. The presentation slides are available on the Training webpage.

We would like to thank those who attended for sharing experiences and contributing to the discussion, making these valuable and highly successful events.

 

Increases to your loan facility for AY 2019/20


The third ESFA performance management point (PMP3) is coming up in March 2020, providing an opportunity for increase and reduction of loan facilities.

ESFA will offer additional funding (within the growth limits) to good performers. This is subject to providers meeting the criteria set out in the performance management rules.

Consideration will only be given if the value of approved, attended and paid loans is at least 90% of your facility. We will complete a review of your compliance against service standards as part of the ESFA decision-making process.

If you do not meet the criteria but have an exceptional case, you should raise this with your ESFA territorial team lead ahead of the review point.

You can also contact the service desk, see details below:

Enquiry form: ESFA enquiry form
Telephone: 0370 2670001

Please note that you are responsible for monitoring your loan allocation to ensure that you do not exceed it. If you exceed your allocation ESFA will request that we block the approval of any new applications. You can find the Advanced Learner Loans: funding rules 2019 to 2020 on the GOV.UK website.

 

Access to HE write-off process upon completion of the higher education qualification


On completion of a higher education course, learners with an Advanced Learner Loan can have the balance of the loan for their Access to HE Diploma written off.

There will be no financial limit to the amount of loan we will write off. Therefore, the full outstanding balance amount of QAA Access to HE Diploma loans at the course end date will be written off.

We have included a high-level summary of the information about the volume and value of the write-offs attributed to this policy from academic year 2013 onwards.

Further detailed information is available on request. Please email our Partners Support Desk with the subject heading 'Access to HE' if you would like to see the summary information relevant to your organisation.

Chart showing high-level summary of the information about the volume and value of the write-offs attributed to this policy from academic year 2013 onwards.

£65 million written off for 18,970 learners in total.

FE Access to HE courses taken up at over 341 further education providers and HE courses taken up at over 325 higher education providers.