Advanced Learner Loans 2021-22

  • If you are over 19 years of age and are starting to study the Foundation Art and Design course, you may be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan and/or the Bursary Fund. 

    Tuition Fee loan

    The Advanced Learner Loan gives you access to financial support for tuition costs similar to that available in Higher Education and are administered by Student Finance England.  In 2021/22 you can borrow up to £5,421 and your course fee will be fully funded.


    In most cases, all of the following must apply. You must be:

    • Studying on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course
    • Aged 19 or over on the first day of the course
    • Living in the UK on the first day of your course
    • A UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)
    • Living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course.

    For the full eligibility criteria, please visit

    How to apply 

    • In order to apply you will need a Learning & Funding Information Letter from the University which gives you all the details for your application.  Please email our Student Funding team to request this letter for your application.

    • For further information on the loan and how to apply please visit this page.  

    Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund

    In addition to the Advanced Learner Loan, you may also be eligible to apply to the Loan Bursary Fund.  The Bursary Fund can help pay for things like:

    • accommodation and travel
    • course materials and equipment
    • childcare
    • classroom assistance for a disability or learning difficulty - once you’re assessed by the University.


    You may apply for the Loan Bursary Fund after you’ve received a letter approving your Advanced Learner Loan.   You can apply even if you get other types of funding, for example:

    • Professional and Career Development Loans
    • Disability Living Allowance

    You cannot apply if you’re:

    A link with more details on the level of the bursary and the application process will be published by August 2021

    June 2021