Fund your qualification through an Advanced Learner Loan

Aged 19 or over and thinking about undertaking one of our qualifications?
You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you to pay the cost of the qualification. Most learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 to 6, will qualify for these loans from the UK Government. It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over the repayment threshold. Find out more at www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan


Do I qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan?

To qualify you must be:
• aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
• living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this unless you meet one of the exceptions detailed in the ‘Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Learners’ below.
• enrolling on one of our eligible courses at Level 3 to 6.

Does getting a loan depend on my income or credit history?

No. Getting a loan doesn’t depend on your income and credit checks aren’t carried out. Repayments are based on your income and won’t begin until you’re earning over the repayment
threshold. Please visit www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan to find out more.

Is there an upper age limit for someone applying for a loan?

No. There’s no upper age limit.

How do I apply for a loan?

Once you’ve identified the qualification you’d like to study you should contact us either through the enquiry form on our website, by calling 0151 257 6969 or emailing info@real-skills.co.uk. We can then discuss the course with you, answer any questions you have and let you know when the next start dates are. Once your happy to start, we issue you with an application form and give you a Learning and Funding Information Letter. You’ll need the information set out in this letter to complete an application and submit this to Student Finance England.

Can I get impartial advice about managing my finances?

If you’re unsure about taking out a loan and want to seek advice then you’ll have the opportunity to do so. If you want advice on managing your finances, the Money Advice Service, established by the UK government, can offer free, impartial money advice. Visit their website at moneyadviceservice.org.uk

How long will it take me to hear the outcome of a loan application?

Applications submitted online that don’t require any further supporting evidence (because you’ve provided your valid UK passport details) will be processed quickly and you should hear back within two weeks. If you don’t apply online or you don’t send the evidence that is needed it will take longer.

What happens if I change my mind before I start my course?

If you decide before the start of your course you no longer want to undertake your course or you don’t want to take out a loan for the course, log onto your online student finance account and follow the instructions. Your loan application will be cancelled and you won’t have any loan to repay. Once you’ve done this – contact us on 0151 257 6969 or email info@real-skills.co.uk to let us know that you no longer wish to undertake the course so we can allocate your place to someone else.

For further frequently asked questions, you can download the FAQ’s created by the Student Loans Company or call us on 0151 257 6969 and one of our team will do their best to answer your questions.

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