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What is the Adult Learning Grant and am I Eligible

By: Sarah O'Hara BA (hons) - Updated: 15 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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The Adult Learning Grant, or ALG, is in place to help adults who want to study be able to afford to do so. It is a non-repayable grant of up to £30 a week and is intended to help adult learners with the costs associated with returning to education.

It is available to adults studying on all sorts of courses and training programmes.

Who Qualifies for the Adult Learning Grant?

A wide range of adult learners are eligible for the Adult Learning Grant but there are restrictions relating to:

  • Age: To be eligible for the ALG claimants must be aged 19 or over.
  • Location: Applicants for the ALG must be studying for a course in England.
  • Income: There is an upper income threshold for eligibility for ALG and those that have earned above it can’t claim. Currently these thresholds are £19,513 for a single person and £30,810 for someone who lives with a partner or is married.
  • Course Being Studied: Not all education courses qualify for the ALG, although many do. Firstly, in order to be eligible the college or institution that you’re studying at must be recognised by the Learning and Skills Council. Individual colleges can advise as to whether they are approved.The course being studied for must also lead to the claimant’s first full Level 2 (equivalent to five or more A to C GCSEs or NVQ 2) or Level 3 qualification (equivalent to two A-levels or NVQ 3).
  • Study Hours: For an adult learner to be eligible for the ALG their course must be full-time and include attendance of at least 12 hours per week (or 150 hours per term).

The Adult Learning Grant and Benefits

Those receiving benefits because they’re out of work are not eligible for the ALG. These disqualifying benefits include Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support.

Other types of benefit and part-time work don’t usually affect eligibility for the ALG but there are some exceptions.

The ALG: How Much Could You Receive?

The amount of Adult Learning Grant students are eligible to receive depends on their income. Single applicants earning under £11,810 are eligible for the full amount of £30 per week. This amount then decreases in increments up to the income of £19,513.

Those who live with their partner or are married will be eligible for the full £30 if their combined income is less than £20,817. This amount then decreases in increments up to the combined income of £30,810.

What can the ALG Be Used For?

The Adult Learning Grant can be used for costs related to studying including:

  • Books
  • Equipment
  • Travel
  • Learning materials

Applying for the Adult Learning Grant

The ALG can be applied for through colleges and learning institutions or by requesting an application pack from the Learner Support Helpline on 0800 121 8989.

Guidance is provided on how to fill in the application form and payments are made directly to adult learners’ bank accounts. It is best to apply for the ALG before courses actually start but it’s possible for ALG payments to be backdated.

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Helen - Your Question:
Hi I've just left my job not able to claim benefits due to me handing my notice in would I be eligible for a grant as I want to continue with education to gain more qualifications to move onto higher acehivements to get into a good paid job thanks

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here for more information which should answer your question.
FundingEducation - 12-Apr-17 @ 1:54 PM
Hi I've just left my job not able to claim benefits due to me handing my notice in would I be eligible for a grant as I want to continue with education to gain more qualifications to move onto higher acehivements to get into a good paid job thanks
Helen - 11-Apr-17 @ 11:38 PM
Hi i am currentlt doing a level 5 diploma in education and training and looking to see if i could get any sort of grant for help with my costs i am currently recieving benefits as i have 1 child aswell.
GULNAAR - 21-Nov-16 @ 9:46 PM
Hi !!! I am doing one of the course in my areas, but due to financial problem I am unable to pay the fees, kindly provide some financial help for me ...... my contact no. is +91 8879101141
pintu - 29-Oct-16 @ 4:07 AM
Hi, I'm 35 studying an electrical course and I am in receipt of benefits, I have been to my local job centre and they have been of very little help. I am in need of tools and equipment to complete the course and I am struggling to pay, am I entitled to any grants? Thanks
Lee - 27-Oct-16 @ 4:26 PM
Hello I'm doing a part time teaching assistant level 2 course and wanted to apply for the ALG as I receive benefits I'm single parent with two children under 2 going to a library with them to use computer is not easy
Star - 11-Oct-16 @ 11:42 PM
I am 25 yrs a Ugandan from Northern Uganda,i come from a poor family,my parents are both peasants, i have been admitted in Busitema University Faculty of Health Science to study bachelors in medicine and surgery in eastern Uganda, i am in my second year but i don't have some one to support me, my parents cannot support my education now because they are poor and have exhausted everything they had,am about to drop out because i don't have money to pay the tuition, i was admitted on private,i come from northern Uganda which is the poorest region because of the war which happened here,I would wish to study and become a doctor in my place and help the people because most doctors do not like working in my region,i am really in need of your help,or any one who can help me out of this situation.
OPS - 5-Oct-16 @ 9:17 AM
Hi, I am 23 years old and will be studying a access to higher education in animal management course from the 13th of September. I have been looking for financial help to help me with the cost of my travel, I still live with my mum and help care for my older sister who is disabled and has Austism. We are a low income family who is already struggling, my college is unable to offer me help for travel.
Tessarg - 1-Sep-16 @ 12:25 PM
am Kenyan 18 years of age from a family of 4children, did well in final exam and already gotten a calling letter to join one of the universitiesin Kenya , to my surprise due to low economic kind of life in our family, my parents are requesting me to let the chance go because my followers are also in high school they are unable to manage. I am kindly appealing to your organization to help me per-sue this golden opportunity,i believe that if given chance ill make use of my time well to assist the coming generation. I have a calling letter to join for bachelor of arts special education, ready to submit ifneed arises for confirmation.
shem ricky ogutu - 10-Jul-16 @ 5:24 PM
Would I be entitled to one to pay for my home courses
sophie - 18-Apr-16 @ 2:22 PM
Hi Im 26 and would like to get funding for a barber course nvq level 2. I asked at my local job center where I receive universal credit benefits as I'm unemployed and they told me they didn't think I'd be able to get funding for it, what do you think? How could I receive funding?
Daddyyankee - 16-Apr-16 @ 2:41 AM
Hi I am 26 years old single parent to a 9 year old boy I am not currently working I want to go back to collage am I entitled to any help thankyou
Vex - 15-Apr-16 @ 6:52 PM
sophie - Your Question:
Hi I'm 19 an going through bad social anxiety I had to give college up because I couldn't handle it but I want to learn beauty at home but it cost an I don't have any money to pay for it or the equipment I'd need am I entitled to a grant to pay for my home learning an equipment etc

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. I'm not sure there are any learning grants for equipment, you may have to approach your college directly to see if they can point you in the right direction.
FundingEducation - 15-Apr-16 @ 12:07 PM
Hi I'm 19 an going through bad social anxiety I had to give college up because I couldn't handle it but I want to learn beauty at home but it cost an I don't have any money to pay for it or the equipment I'd need am I entitled to a grant to pay for my home learning an equipment etc
sophie - 14-Apr-16 @ 3:07 PM
I'm in part time work, a ingle parent on working tax credit. Would I be able to get als for a nvq level 3 barbering course ?
Sarah - 4-Mar-16 @ 3:09 PM
@Diamond - I have included a link to Turn to Us here which should tell you all you need to know.
FundingEducation - 9-Jul-15 @ 12:31 PM
Hi im about to start a plumbing course, im on income support with 1 child amd was wondering if i would be eligible for help with funding ?
Diamond - 6-Jul-15 @ 6:17 PM
@toniyeo93 - have you thought of training via an apprenticeship? There is little free training these days, so by combining your study with an apprenticeship means you will get free on the job training and a small wage. Please see Equine apprenticeship Gov.uk link herewhich may help.
FundingEducation - 3-Feb-15 @ 10:14 AM
hi I am wanting to persue a career within the equestrian industry and need to complete several educational courses. Im 21 and currently unemployed would I be eligible for financial help?
toniyeo93 - 31-Jan-15 @ 7:10 PM
@BEE - Unfortunately, sometimes the fees for distance learning can be more expensive than the fees for on campus learning at certain universities. I suggest you talk directly to the university study support tutors if you are struggling, as there may be something they can do to help. I hope this helps.
FundingEducation - 27-Oct-14 @ 11:57 AM
Iam 44 with 2 children and at the moment at full time in level 4 at the uni, but i am struggling to copeas i have to travel from manchester to leeds every day, so i have decide to do full time distant learning. will get help financialy Thanks
BEE - 25-Oct-14 @ 8:59 AM
Hi I am starting my Level 3 Humanities course this year. I have been told conflicting things as to whether I can apply for ALG. I am currently in receipt of ESA. Can you please advise me. Thanks
nadolig - 20-Aug-14 @ 5:34 PM
Hi I'm looking at applying for the adult learning grant. I live in Lincoln and I will be commuting to Hull to study a degree in midwifery. The university don't pay commuting fees or money towards placements as I'm out the catchment area. I have applied for a bursary and looking at a student loan too. I have an adult dependant in me (my spouse has a brain injury) and two children under 6yrs. I will be entitled to child tax credits but will loose working tax credits as I won't be classed as 'working'. Between me and my spouse we will get pensions up to £16000 per year combined will this affect applying for this ALG? If not, could I request an application pack. Kind regards.
Mumsworld - 20-May-14 @ 6:32 PM
Hi. Im a 25 year old, stay at home, mother of 1. He is in primary school and his dad works full time. I would like to start a childcare course, working from home with ics. Am I entitled to an ALG loan at all. Thanks in advance.
Sam.M - 23-Sep-13 @ 4:18 PM
Ive just phoned up, ALG has stopped you need to talk to the college or learning provider about discretionary award or something like that
Andeey - 22-Aug-13 @ 4:41 PM
Hi, Im 37 year old married mum of 4 and I have started Uni this week on a BSc Adult Nursing Degree, I live in Wales but Im in Uni in Manchester.My husband gets £12,000 a year Gross I have applied for a student loan would I be able to apply for ALG too or instead?
pinkie - 21-Mar-13 @ 2:20 PM
Hi I am 40 years old and want to do my level 3 professional cooking course at my college, where i have achieved level 2 C&G Diploma in professional cooking and got distinction. I completed this in July 2012, my tutor wanted me to continue on to level 3, but I was unable to due to living finances. I really want to do this, but am at moment on esa as recovering from a broken ankle which i did at work in september 2012. I have a partner who earns £14000 on average a year but he is paying all the bills and i use my benefit to help with getting food. I am scared to go for this as I dont want to stay on benefits but dont think i can afford to do it. Please can some-one help
Angel - 6-Mar-13 @ 5:09 PM
I am currently on maternity leave with my second child I'm 25 and looking to start collage doing a NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering would I be eligible for the grant mine and my husbands combined income is lower than £20,000
Vicky - 20-Nov-12 @ 10:43 AM
I am a full time mature student,because of extenuating circumstances,I have to resubmit my modules this year,without attending lectures. Student finance have only deposited loan in a/c,I have sent evidence of situation? I have been issued with a court hearing for rent arrears,I have nothing to live on. I desperately need help.
Blonde - 23-Sep-12 @ 3:59 PM
"The Adult Learning Grant, or ALG, is in place to help adults who want to study be able to afford to do so. It is a non-repayable grant of up to £30 a week and is intended to help adult learners with the costs associated with returning to education." "Those receiving benefits because they’re out of work are not eligible for the ALG. These disqualifying benefits include Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support." So the very people who most need this help the most are not eligible, what a country we live in!
FBlogs - 21-Sep-12 @ 11:39 AM
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