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Applying for an Advanced Learner Loan

End to end Advanced Learner Loan application

This factsheet contains images of the Advanced Learner Loan online application journey so you can see how the application is structured. 

You may want to show this to your learners so they know what to expect when applying.

Applying for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) schemes are both funded by Student Finance England (SFE) and are hosted on GOV.UK.

Learners’ eligibility for FE is based on them being 19 years or older on the first day of their course. The  online application system checks the age of an applicant when they register their personal details. They can only complete an Advanced Learner Loan application if they are over 18 years old and will turn 19 before the end of the current academic year.

If the learner will not be 19 on the first day of their course, the application system will deem them ineligible immediately. The application will never be approved. 

If a learner applies on paper, we will get their date of birth from their identity evidence. Once we add the data into the system, it will perform the same age check as the online application.

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