Money

As the saying goes, it’s never too late to learn. And in the UK, age is certainly no barrier to further education. Indeed, there’s a huge choice of courses available to you if you want to train or study, from learning Maths and English right up to studying for a degree at university.

Many adults who go back to studying do so because they want to change or develop their career. Some may have only been out of full-time education for a few years, while others are halfway through their working life or even near retirement.

While the opportunities to study are available, there can be challenges too. Many adult students find themselves juggling their studies with a job, family and financial responsibilities. Most people realise that student loans are available to school leavers going to university – but what financial help is there for older students?

The following help sheet includes details about some of the main financial help available, as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.