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    I'm an American living in NorthEast England. I have an ILR Visa and a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from West Virginia that I got 20+ years ago when I lived in the USA. I'm applying for a Student Finance Loan to return to school locally and retrain as an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant). My British husband wants to be sure that this is ok for me to ask for a loan because I already have a degree. I think I remember reading somewhere on gov.uk that it would be acceptable because this is a vocational degree, as opposed to my former academic degree. Did I read this correctly?

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    Hi there.

    Can you confirm exactly what qualification this course will see you obtain?

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    I'll be able to be a teaching assistant in a primary or secondary school, or be able to work with SEN students. Higher Level Teaching Assistants are more highly trained and have an earning potential of £21-£25K/yr, so I'll be able to pay back the loan as soon as I am gainfully employed. It is a Foundation degree, specifically: FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, 2 year course. Does that help?
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    Hi there.

    If the qualification is a Foundation Degree then due to the fact you have a higher level of qualification we will not be able to offer you full funding.

    We will only be able to offer our Grants for dependents (such as Childcare Grant) and Disabled Students Allowances' if those apply.

    Thanks.
 
 
 
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