Funding Your Training

ISL’s programmes are not eligible for 24+ Advanced Student Loans yet, however, you may be eligible for other types of funding depending upon your circumstances.  We do offer staged payments to support your studies and discounts for those who are eligible.  Please contact us for more details.

Adult learners can apply for grants and bursaries to help pay for courses and training or the costs of living through the training period. Usually, with a grant, you don’t have to pay this money back.

For most grants and bursaries you apply directly to the organisation that gives them out. They’ll have an application form and will be able to tell you if you qualify.

If you’re a parent, you might also be able to get help with childcare costs while you study.  Please note, however, that ISL are not funded by the Skills Funding Agency and this may effect your application.  If you are unsure discuss this with the Department of Work and Pensions.

Searching for Education Grants

Family Action provides information about education grants and has a grant search.

Further information on grants can be found at

This is a grant search that will allow you to enter your personal details and searches your local area.

For further, more general information, you may find Money Saving Expert also useful.

You are advised to read the publications by the Directory of Social Change (DSC) that will be available in your local library as well.  They may have further information on potential sources of support.

More General Information

Course-Specific Grants

City & Guilds offer bursaries to people who study for a City & Guilds qualification.

Dance and Drama Awards are available at some specialist private schools and help with fees and living costs.

The General Federation of Trade Unions Educational Trust has grants for students of economic theory and history, industrial law and industrial relations.

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