If you are thinking of gaining some further education qualifications it might not be as expensive as you think. You can ask your local college or training provider what help is available, as you may be eligible for different types of assistance. These are some of the schemes that are available.
Many colleges and training providers offer their own schemes so they may differ slightly, but they follow the Governments guidelines.
Advanced Learner Loans
Advanced learner loans are available for individuals aged 19 or above to undertake approved qualifications at Levels 3 to Level 6, at an approved provider in England. Check with your provider and they will be able to provide you with a learning and funding information letter, which will give you the essential information needed to apply.
Advanced Learner Loans Bursary
Apply to your college or training provider – each one has its own application process. How much you get depends on the provider’s scheme and your circumstances. You may receive help for travel or equipment.
If you have childcare responsibilities and no one can help whilst you attend your course, then depending on your circumstances you may be able to receive childcare assistance.
Generally there are two schemes. If you are 20 years or over you may be eligible or if 19 you could apply to Care to Learn.
College – Discretionary Learner Support Funds
If you are studying a level 1 or 2 course, and depending on your financial situation and how far you travel, your provider may have discretionary funds that you can apply for. They are usually for travel support but sometimes can be used for equipment.
-Mike, Careers Adviser