24+ Advanced Learning LoanWatch
I have finished my first year at a university and decided I would like to study different subject. To be able to get a place I have to do an Access course (I have done different Access course before, which I didn't have to pay for), which will cost me about £3000, as I am 24. My question is if I get the 24+ Loan will it be considered as one of my four eligible years SFE can fund? In this case I would have to pay in advance either the tuition fee for the Access course or my last year at a university. Finance department staff at my college claims that level 3 courses, like Access, have different funding and I will still be able to get a loan for another three years at a university, even though I would have already applied for two years finance. On the other hand the gov.uk website says that the 24+ Loan will be written off only after I complete a higher education course, which means I would exceed the limit of four years funding. Could you please make it clear to me as I wouldn't want to end up with paying £9000 up front for my final year at a university.