The Adult Education Budget aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. To be funded, you must be 19 or older on 31 August of the academic year you start your course. Depending on the eligibility criteria you meet, you may be able to fully or partly fund your course by the government initiative.

Qualifying Courses:

You will need:

  • A current UK/EU passport
  • National Insurance Number


You may be eligible for funding if you are:

  • Living in England
  • Aged 19 or older on 31 August
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and a resident in the EEA for the last 3 years
  • Not in receipt of any other government-funded training
  • Full funding is available to 19 to 23-year-olds when undertaking their first Level 3 course

You may also qualify if you’re:

  • A non-EEA citizen with permission by UK government to live in the UK which is not for educational purposes, and lived in England for at least 3 years
  • A family member of an EU national
  • A refugee
  • Asylum Seeker
  • A child of a Turkish worker

Entitlement of funding

It may be possible to fund all or part of your course. This is dependent on your age, employment status and level of education.

You must show a copy of ID, which can be either a passport, driving licence, birth certificate or national identity card. If you were born outside the EU, you must have proof of residency status and you will need to provide a copy for our records.

If you have declared you are in receipt of benefits you will need to provide us with evidence of this.

You'll find more information about the Adult Education Budget on the website.