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The Advanced Learner Loan is a student loan similar to degree study loans, but for the further education sector.

Loans are available to help you with the costs of studying a qualification from Level 3 up to Level 6. This does not affect your legal entitlement to full funding for your course if you are aged 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 3 qualification or above. Those who already hold a Level 3 qualification or above and all those aged 24 and over will need to either self-fund or apply for a loan.

You can apply for a loan to pay the tuition fees towards your course, which will be paid directly to the college on your behalf.

Unlike a bank loan, your monthly repayment will be based on your income and repayments will then only start once you are earning over £25,725 per year. Repayments start at as little as £9 per month (based on an income of £27,000 per year before tax) meaning that this is a great way to access courses that previously, for financial reasons, may have been out of your reach.

Where do I apply?

Find more details or apply via the GOV.UK site.

Advanced Learner Loan (GOV.UK)

Additional Financial Support

If you have a gross annual household income of £26,000 or below, you could be eligible for support with meals and travel at Harrogate College.

Awards may also be made to students in the following circumstances:

  • Students with a gross annual income of £ £16,009.50, based on the Social Mobility Commission's low pay threshold of £8.07 per hour in 2016 and on the assumption of a 37.5hr contract with paid statutory holiday entitlement) or less per year if a single person living independently.
  • Students with an annual gross income of £7,400 or less per year if single, not living independently but within a household such as with parents, carers, relatives or friends.


You may be able to receive assistance with the cost of travel to and from College if you live more than 1.5 miles from your campus of study. The shortest walking routes on Google Maps is used to calculate the distance.

Passes may be provided for use on First West Yorkshire buses, Arriva, Trans Dev and Metro. This is at the discretion of Harrogate College and the most suitable method of transport will be determined upon receipt of a successful application.

Discretionary Meals

By studying at Harrogate College, you may be eligible for a meal worth up to £2.75 for every day that you are timetabled to attend.

If you live in a household with an income below £26,000, your student ID card may also be used as a cashless card in canteens at Harrogate College.

Similarly, if you are attending a placement you may receive a cash-equivalent voucher to the value of £2.50 per day to be used in at a supermarket of your choice.

You may also be entitled to support with childcare costs.

To apply for the financial support, you must be enrolled on an eligible Harrogate College Course. Go to: