We understand that there are a number of different reasons for returning to education and we have a variety of different courses to assist with this.
There are a number of funded courses that as an adult you may be eligible to study free of charge.
Depending on your circumstances and if you meet specific criteria, or if you are in receipt of benefits, you may not have to pay any tuition fees. If you are not in receipt of any benefits then don’t worry, there is funding available to help support you for those courses that require fees.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of a college level course. The loan goes directly to the college to pay for your course.
If you choose to study an Access to Higher Education programme, Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for that course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it. The higher education course must be eligible for student finance. You can find out more about programmes that are eligible on the gov.uk website.
If you choose another course, you won't start paying anything back until you are earning over £511 a week or £2,214 a month (before tax and other deductions). If you never earn this amount, you may never have to pay it back.
If you choose to study a degree programme, you may be eligible for a student loan. The money you borrow money to help with the cost of tuition fees and living costs. Extra help is also available for a range of individuals, including students with children or dependent adults. Further details are available on the gov.uk website.
Postgraduate loans are now also available for those studying a masters programme. Find out more.