Learner support funds

Learner support funds

Support funding for learners falls into two categories. Funding is provided by the Skills Funding Agency to assist learners who are not able to pay for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These categories are:

  • Discretionary Learner Support Fund
    For accredited courses up to and including level 2.
  • The 24+ Adult Learning Loan Bursary
    For learners who are in receipt of an Adult Learning Loan for the full fees of the course from the Student Loans Company. For more information please go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/bursary-fund.

    These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of less than £20,962 gross per year (resident in London), or £17,004 gross per year (resident outside of London, but resident in England).

    Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will.

    Proof of low income must be attached to your application. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview. 

    Students must submit a separate application for each course. (This information is subject to change)

What costs can be claimed?

  • Course fees (up to 20%, but only in exceptional circumstances)
  • Course books
  • Travel costs
  • Childcare - must be registered with Ofsted
  • Essential equipment or materials required for the course
  • Registration fees (for professional bodies)

How to apply?

Before you can apply for Learner Support Funding, you must attend an interview and enrol on your course.

Further information and application forms are available for download below.

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