Due to me being over 24 when I enrolled on my Access course, I was able to apply for funding through Student Finance England called the 24+ learner loan.
From August 2016, there have been some changes made to the loans and I thought I would provide some information on these for anyone looking to apply.
The 24+ loan is now known as the Advanced Learner loan and is available to anyone aged 19+. You are able to apply for up to 4 loans, including more than one at the same time. You are also able to apply for a loan to take the same level qualification even if you already have a qualification at this level.
There are a number of criteria you must meet to be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan but one of the most important is that the course must result in a level 3,4,5 or 6 qualification.
You need to apply and be accepted for a place at your chosen education provider before you can apply for the loan. You will need a letter from the college confirming the funding amount, which you then send onto Student Finance with your application details.
I found the application process really easy, I had to provide forms of id because I hadn’t had any previous funding but I was sent these back quickly after my application was processed.
You can find full details of the changes and eligibility criteria here: