Money for learning 16+

Full-time courses at Level 3 and below are usually free for 16 to 19 year olds. You will have to pay for your travel, books and on some courses, specialist equipment.

Students aged 19+ may have to pay some or all of the costs depending on the course level, the level of qualification you have and your circumstances. Students aged over 24 can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. From August 2016, they will be replaced by Advanced Learner Loans, which will be available to students aged 19 or over and studying an approved course at Level 3 up to and including Level 6

Apprentices get at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices and many get more.

Trainees may get help with travel and meals and may be able to apply for other learning support.

Up to your 20th birthday, your parents or carers will get Child Benefit and may get support through Universal Credit for you.

Other help includes...

  • 16-19 bursaries
  • Discretionary Learner Support – schools, colleges and training providers may help with some costs if you're struggling, so ask them
  • Care to Learn for young parents
  • Residential Bursary Fund if you're course isn't available locally – see individual college websites
  • Residential Support Scheme if your course is too far away for you to live at home
  • Dance and Drama Awards for courses at one of 19 specialist colleges
  • Help from charities:
     - Turn2Us - sources of charitable grants for anyone facing financial hardship
     - Stand Alone - support for anyone estranged from their family

You can also contact your local council:

In Calderdale T: 01422 399367

or visit financial assistance for post 16 education

In Kirklees T: 01484 22100

for information about Kirklees Passports, which offer help to eligible students studying on a full or part-time post-16 education course


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  • 'Money for learning and work' and our guides to options after Y11, which have more information

Get Organised 2017Get Organised - career and learning options at 16

Get Ahead 2017Get Ahead - career and learning options at Entry level and Level 1 

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Page updated September 2016

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