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DfE plans digital platform for lifelong learning loans

Robert Halfon
Robert Halfon
Image source: Chris McAndrew, CC BY 3.0

The Department for Education (DfE) is planning to develop a digital platform to support people taking up the Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) for training and further education.

Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Robert Halfon MP announced the plan to Parliament as one of a package of measures around LLEs, following a consultation on how they will operate.

LLEs are being designed for eligible learners to access an entitlement equivalent to four years post-18 education funding (£37,000 in today’s fees) with a single student loan system for relevant courses.

Halfon said they will each get a personal LLE account accessible through a platform that will also help navigate the courses eligible for funding.

“This will be an online digital platform where learners will be able to view their entitlement, access information about courses to help them make informed choices about their learning pathways, and apply for loans and grants for fees, maintenance, and additional support,” he said.

This is intended to help learners access finance for more flexible modules of higher and further education courses.

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