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What is the Adult Learning Grant and am I Eligible

By: Sarah O'Hara BA (hons) - Updated: 8 Dec 2018 | 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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Hi I am 39 and am looking to do an nvq in beauty therapy level 2 and 3. Would I qualify for help with this? I am a full time carer on carers allowance and have mental health problems also.
Stephen - 8-Dec-18 @ 9:00 PM
I am on esa can I apply to do a course and get funding.
Marj - 26-Nov-18 @ 2:31 PM
caz - Your Question:
Hi, My daughter is 22 years old and has been accepted on a full time Science Access to Higher Education course. She has mental health issues and therefore is currently on ESA/PIP. She does not have to pay for this course as she has no education higher than GCSE's.However, she needs a lap top and several expensive text books. She also will have to pay for essential day trips etc.Is she eligible to get a grant for her educational equipment?

Our Response:
You would have to speak to the course organisers directly. Turn2Us may be able to help also, please see the link here .
FundingEducation - 7-Sep-18 @ 11:27 AM
Hi, My daughter is 22 years old and has been accepted on a full time Science Access to Higher Education course. She has mental health issues and therefore is currently on ESA/PIP. She does not have to pay for this course as she has no education higher than GCSE's.However, she needs a lap top and several expensive text books. She also will have to pay for essential day trips etc. .Is she eligible to get a grant for her educational equipment?
caz - 5-Sep-18 @ 5:46 PM
Hi, I’m 29 currently on maternity leave, planning to go back to work part time and with a joint household income of around £45,000. I am wanting to do at least a level 2 course in childcare is there any help I can receive to help me manage achieving this a juggling having kids?
D1989 - 29-Aug-18 @ 2:59 AM
I am married and earn £11000. My husband earns £50000. Am I eligible please?
Jo - 15-Aug-18 @ 1:37 PM
Hi, I did not complete my secondary education and I am 37 yrs now, I felt left out by the time because of my education, I want to educate my self, Please give me some advice, I want to complete my education..
Na - 20-Jul-18 @ 12:46 PM
Rhiannon - Your Question:
Hi I am 21 years old and I am going back to college in September to study an access to Higher Education course. I am currently on Universal Credit but this will be stopped when I attend college as it is Full time Education. I am very confused to what help I can receive towards equipment and travel costs whilst I find a part time job.

Our Response:
The Turn2Us link here may help answer your question (as you have not given any background information regarding your particular circumstances).
FundingEducation - 19-Jun-18 @ 9:43 AM
Hi I am 21 years old and I am going back to college in September to study an access to Higher Education course. I am currently on Universal Credit but this will be stopped when I attend college as it is Full time Education. I am very confused to what help I can receive towards equipment and travel costs whilst I find a part time job.
Rhiannon - 18-Jun-18 @ 12:10 PM
Jen - Your Question:
Hi, I'm starting a GCSE science course in September. I'm 41 years old and a single parent to two kids. I work part time, I'm wondering what help I can get to cover the cost of the course which is £800.

Our Response:
Unfortunately, there are no loans for GCSEs. If you're 24 or over, you can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with college or training tuition costs in England. However, you'll need to be studying a Level 3 or 4 course - these include A Levels and Access to Higher Education Diplomas, please see link here .
FundingEducation - 12-Jun-18 @ 2:47 PM
Hi, I'm starting a GCSE science course in September. I'm 41 years old and a single parent to two kids. I work part time, I'm wondering what help I can get to cover the cost of the course which is £800.
Jen - 11-Jun-18 @ 11:19 PM
Hi, I'm 40 and unemployed I'm looking at going back to college and doing and plumbing course, I have to start at level 2 which there is a cost to, level 3 and above quality for advanced learner loans is there funding available for the level 2?
Joe - 18-May-18 @ 3:54 PM
TINA - Your Question:
I am single 56 year old professional work full time no dependents. I am in a low paid job with no prospects and want to undertake additional qualification ie counselling degree.i cannot afford to give up my job as I have a mortgage. Any advice on how to achieve this qualification please

Our Response:
You would be able to train part-time or in your spare-time. Much depends upon what type of counselling you wish to do. You can see more via the likes of relate via the link here , which may help. Or you can look online to see whether there are any courses that fit your requirements.
FundingEducation - 26-Mar-18 @ 11:22 AM
I am single 56 year old professional work full time no dependents. I am in a low paid job with no prospects and want to undertake additional qualification ie counselling degree....i cannot afford to give up my job as i have a mortgage. Any advice on how to achieve this qualification please
TINA - 24-Mar-18 @ 7:34 AM
Zoe - Your Question:
I'm a stay at home mum my husband works part time I really want to study for my nvq level 3 from home will I be eligible to study for this for free as I have no idea where to even start looking.

Our Response:
You can see the Open College link here, which may help you further. However, these courses do cost. You would have to speak to your Jobcentre Plus if you wish to see whether there are any free courses and whether you may be eligible.
FundingEducation - 13-Feb-18 @ 9:24 AM
I'm a stay at home mum my husband works part time I really want to study for my nvq level 3 from home will I be eligible to study for this for free as I have no idea where to even start looking.
Zoe - 12-Feb-18 @ 3:26 PM
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
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