Lifelong Learning Entitlement
Starting university or college in academic year 2025 to 2026
If your course or module starts on or after 1 August 2025 and you need student finance, you could apply for the Lifelong Learning Entitlement (LLE).
Having access to the LLE will allow you to develop new skills and gain new qualifications at a time that is right for you. This could be through a full or part-time degree, modular study, or other courses like higher technical qualifications (HTQs).
When studying you’ll have two main costs:
- Tuition fee costs
- Living costs
Your Tuition Fee Loan
You could access a Tuition Fee Loan to help cover the cost of your course. This’ll get paid directly to your university or college.
This money can be used to pay for:
- Most full courses from level 4 to 6 – this includes undergraduate degrees, and Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)
- Individual or groups of modules from technical level 4 to 5 qualifications
- Postgraduate certificates in education (PGCE)
- Postgraduate healthcare courses
- Integrated Master’s degrees (a 4 year programme which awards a Master’s degree on top of a Bachelor’s degree)
Find out more about what the qualification levels mean.
Flexible study with your Tuition Fee Loan
You could be eligible to use up to £37,000 (in today’s fees) throughout your learning journey. For most students this would be the equivalent of 480 credits worth of study.
Your Tuition Fee Loan can be used for a maximum of 180 credits in any 12 month period.
Check out our examples to see how you can use your loan:
Full-time course funding example
Part-time course funding example
Modular study example
You can also apply for a Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs. To calculate how much you can get, we’ll use your household income, your course details and where you’ll be living during the academic year.
We also offer extra support if you have children or an adult who depends on you financially, or you have a disability, a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. Our extra support includes:
- Disabled Students’ Allowance
- Childcare Grant
- Parents’ Learning Allowance
- Adult Dependants’ Grant
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for extra help from other sources.
It’s important to know that your student finance might not cover all of your living costs. Students are expected to make up the difference between the funding available to them and their total living costs.
You’ll be able access your LLE by applying for student finance for a course starting in the 2025 to 2026 academic year from spring 2025.
Keep checking this page for regular updates. There will be more information available throughout the year.