Most courses at all levels are free. If not, and you’re aged 19 or over studying an eligible level 3 course, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan with nothing to pay upfront and no repayments till you’re earning at least £25,725 a year. We also offer a whole range of financial support that you don’t need to pay back.
Non-repayable financial support
Studying towards your dream career has never been more affordable – take a look at what you could be entitled to:
- £60 monthly bursary payment to help with course-related costs*
- Help with childcare costs*
- Help with accommodation costs (if you need to move away to study)*
- FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass*
- FREE circular bus service linking our Bispham Campus with Poulton-le-Fylde
- FREE healthy breakfast
Applying for funding:
You need to apply for funding as soon as you can before your course starts. Application forms will be available soon. If you have any questions about the financial support available, please email SSFunds@blackpool.ac.uk
*Eligibility is based on household income – read our 19+ Financial Support Policy 2018/19 for details. Our 2019/20 policy will be published soon.
The Advanced Learner Loan
If you’re aged 19 or over studying at level 3, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan (ALL).
Nothing to pay upfront:
Getting the ALL doesn’t depend on your household income and there’s no credit check. There’s nothing to pay upfront and you don’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,725 a year. Even then, you only pay back 9% of what you earn above this amount. After 30 years, your loan is written off entirely.
Roll your loans into one:
If you take out an ALL and later go on to do a degree, you can take out a separate student loan for this. The two loans will then be rolled into one, meaning you only need to make one monthly repayment. If your ALL is for an Access to Higher Education course and you go on to complete a degree, the ALL gets written off.
Applying for the ALL:
You need to apply for your chosen course first. You will later receive a learning and funding information letter, which you will need to fill out your ALL application. If you don't receive this letter, please contact the Admissions Team on T 01253 504 322 or E firstname.lastname@example.org
When you’re ready, apply online at gov.uk/advancedlearnerloan
Fees and payment information for international students can be found in our International Student Fees Policy.
Student case study:
"The Careers and Finance Team fully supported me"
When out-of-work painter and decorator Darren Middleton decided to train as a chef, he needed all the financial support he could get. Happily, the Advanced Learner Loan meant nothing to pay upfront, and Darren also received a laptop, our £60 monthly bursary and a FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass.
“My bus pass and laptop have been a great help. The bursary is good – it pays for books and other things you might need in College. The Careers and Finance Team fully supported me - I just had to bring some bank details in with evidence of my earnings. Talk to them – they’ll do everything they can to get you what you need.”
Our advisers are here to help with all aspects of funding. Contact us on T: 01253 504224 or E: SSFunds@blackpool.ac.uk.