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Advanced Learner Loan

Home students aged 19 or older can apply to cover their tuition fees.

The rules for those starting in 2022/23 have not been confirmed yet, however, we expect them to be:


  • studying on the Foundation Diploma Art and Design in 2022/23
  • be aged 19 or over on 5 September 2022
  • be living in the UK on 5 September 2022
  • have been living in the UK, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man for three years prior to the first day of the course
  • be a UK national or have ‘settled’ status in the UK.

EU nationals

Please refer to the section below.

You may also be eligible if:

  • you are a UK national that has been living outside of the UK, or
  • Are an EU national or family member of an EU national, or
  • have different residency status in the UK.

The eligibility rules are complex so please see the detailed information and criteria on the Advanced Learner Loan: Eligibility - GOV.UK page.


Cover your tuition fees for a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Find out what your tuition fees are: Further Education Tuition Fees


Before applying you must have an offer of a place on the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.

  1. In May you will receive a Learning and Funding Information Letter from the University which you need for the loan application.
  2. Apply for the Advanced Learner Loan at Student Finance England.
  3. If successful, you'll receive a letter from Student Finance England confirming that your loan has been approved.
  4. Enrol at your College showing your loan confirmation letter from Student Finance England.
  5. Your tuition fees will be paid directly to the University by Student Finance England.

Visit GOV.UK to find out:

  • what you'll get
  • when to repay your loan
  • eligibility
  • how to apply
  • extra help.

Advanced Learner Loan


Contact the Student Advice Service for further information and support on financial matters related to your course.