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Part-time and full-time government-funded courses may be free depending on your circumstances.

Financial support for things like childcare and transport may also be available through the Learner Support Funds. Please contact Student Services if you have any questions on the below!

Could you study for free?

You must be classed as a permanent UK/EEA resident and be on a funded full-time or part-time course. These funds are not available to waged apprentices or HE students (there are other funds for Higher Education students, please contact Student Services for more information).

The funds are for students in a low-income households and financial hardship, income thresholds determine how funds are allocated. If your household income is less than £30,000 you may eligible. We can take individual circumstances into account, please contact us if your household income is over £30,000 but you are in financial hardship. We can only process your application if all sections are fully completed and evidence is provided. Incomplete or unevidenced applications will be returned to you.

A bursary of up to £1,200 may also be available if you are under 19 and are a young person in care, a care leaver, in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit or in receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re planning to study at Level 3 to 6, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. The loan is easy to apply for, doesn’t involve a credit check, and you don’t have to pay it back until you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £25,000 a year.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan you need to be:

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course
  • Resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course
  • Enrolling on an eligible course at Level 3,4,5 and 6

How much can I access?

The amount you can get depends on your course, the tuition fees and the maximum amounts available for your chosen courses set by the Government. The minimum loan amount is £300, and you don’t have to borrow the full cost of your course - you can pay for some of it yourself.

How do I repay my loan?

Repaying an Advanced Learner Loan is straightforward:

  • Monthly repayments are calculated based on your income, not what you borrow.
  • You’ll only start making repayments when your income is more than £25,000 per year.
  • Your repayments will stop if your income drops below £25,000 a year.
  • Your annual repayment amount will be 9% of any income you earn over £25,000.
  • Monthly repayments are made directly to the Student Loans Company through the tax system.
  • You have the right to make payments or to pay back your loan in full at any time without incurring penalties.
  • Any balances outstanding are written off after 30 years.

How do I apply?

Once you have identified the qualification you wish to do, you’ll need to contact Kendal College's Student Services to apply for the course. We will provide you with a ‘Learning and Funding Information Letter’ that will be required when submitting a loan application.

> Download a copy of our 19+ Advanced Learner Loans Information Booklet (PDF)

Bursary & Learner Support Funds

Degree-level student finance

Government Loans & Grants

Please see the government website for full information on Student Finance.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan and for part-time students a tuition fee loan to pay for your course. Maintenance loans help with living costs. You have to pay back loans when you earn £21,000 or more.

Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education.

For more information, please contact Student Services:

T: 01539 814700

College Bursaries

The College will be offering 2 x £2,000 bursaries to new full-time undergraduate students. Please contact Student Services for more information.

Payment options

Payments can be made via cash, cards and cheques (made payable to Kendal College). If the course fees are more than £200 and the course runs for 15 weeks or more, you can pay by instalments. The direct debit forms are below. If your employer is paying, a representative of the company (who has the authority to agree to pay your fees) needs to send a confirmation email to

Fees Policy & forms