The Government has introduced student loans to enable people aged 19 and over to return to education. If you are aged 19 and over and studying for a qualification at Level 3 or above, you may be able to apply for the Government's new Advanced Learner Loan, which means no upfront costs for your course. Your household income is not taken into account and there is no credit check. You won't pay anything back until your income is over £21,000.


Apply for your loan in plenty of time before your course start date as your place might be at risk if you do not have your funding in place before the course starts.


Excluded courses
Some courses are not eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan - see list at bottom of this page.


Bursary Fund
If you take a loan for your fee and your household income is under £40,000* you may also be considered for support with childcare, travel and other course related costs. Please note that funds are limited and early applications are advised.

Please click on the following links for further information:

Prioritisation for Support Funds

Criteria for Support Funds


Excluded courses

The courses listed below are not currently eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan


Courses at levels lower than Level 3 are excluded
Apprenticeship courses are excluded
University level (degree/HNC) courses are excluded (these are eligible for Student Finance instead)
'Business Development' courses are excluded (normally employer sponsored)
Non-qualification leisure courses excluded
Aircraft - part-time EASA course excluded
Automotive Refrigerant Handling course excluded
Personnel (HR) courses excluded
Teaching – PTLLS and DTLLS courses excluded
TESOL courses (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) excluded

Contact The Student Financial Support Office:


Drop In: The Student Financial Support Office is located at The University Centre Worthing (West Durrington Campus) - opening hours are 9am–5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am–4.30pm on Fridays.


Telephone: 01903 273014