Have you taken out a 24+ loan to study with us? We want to hear from you!

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If you've taken out a 24+ learning loan to study one of our courses we want to hear from you. 

Tell us how you found the process, was it simple and straight forward, has it enabled you to study a course you wouldn't have been able to?

Let us know!

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Tanith Cogle

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I have and the process was relatively straightforward but not as quick as i was expecting it to be. My loan was approved and covers the full cost of my course which otherwise i could not have afforded. However, when i look on the 24+ loan webpage, it states that after you're course loan has been approved, you may be eligible for a loan bursary fund to cover other related course costs. It states that you need to apply to your college but i can't log in to the college webpage as i haven't got a student reference. Should i have one or is this not applicable if you are a distance learner? I ask as i am on a low income and need to pay for textbooks, materials for practical activities and also my DBS check asap and can't afford to at present.
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Thanks for the feedback Tanith! Would you recommend the 24+ scheme to others?

Unfortunately we don't offer any bursaries for our courses.
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Reem Kelly

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Hi, I got a 24+ loan and it was simple to do, although I was a little confused as to when I could start the course but as it turned out, I started 6 days after it was approved. I could have just about afforded the course but I preferred to get the loan as I may never be earning enough to have to make repayments anyway.
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The process of applying was very straight forward once I had got into the site. There was a problem with the system when I originally went to the site to create a login. I think the one irksome part was the reem of letters I received after the study loan was approved. I think I counted in the region of 10 letters with the same information on entitled, "There has been a change". In fact there had been no change at all in the level of funding and they had all the information they needed in the first instance, having phoned them after the first letter. It just seemed an awful waste of paper. Yes I could have funded this myself quite easily but thought I would save the course fee for a rainy day. I would certainly recommend the 24+ loan to anyone who doesn't want to, or couldn't afford it. It's a great way to get ahead without having to raid the savings or go without lunch etc. to get to where you want to be.
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Reem Kelly

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I received all the same letters as well! At least they seem to have stopped now!
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Rob Brideson

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LOL! yes mine have too now and are in the shredder. At least my friend's hamster will get use of them.
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Pieter Bruinsma

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Took out the 24+ Loan after having spent almost £10,000 on training courses over the last 5 years.  I was surprised to find out that the loan existed as most training funding is aimed at under 24's and the unemployed (or unemployable).  The process is straight forward, however if I have one criticism it is that the NI confirmation can take a while after the loan is approved.
I have been told they do them on a Wednesday and that the college hears back the following Wednesday/Thursday.