Adult Learning Grant (ALG)

ALG provides financial help for adult learners (19+) working toward their first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. It's worth up to £30 a week and is paid on an income-assessed basis using the learner's income and, where applicable, their partner's. The YPLA administers Adult Learning Grant on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

If you are looking for information on ALG and you are thinking of taking up learning, please visit our Directgov site

Learner advocates, advisers and providers can find out more information on ALG: contact us or go to

The Adult Learning Grant is changing

From August 2011, decisions about the use of adult learner support funding will be fully devolved to Further Education colleges and training providers, in line with the Government's proposals in Skills for Sustainable Growth.

The Adult Learning Grant (ALG) budget will be combined with discretionary learner support, and allocated directly to colleges and training providers for them to distribute to those learners most in need. No current learners receiving ALG, and whose courses are continuing, will lose out, as they will continue to receive payments during 2011/12. The total adult learner support budget will rise through the Spending Review period.

For Adult Learning Grant this means:

  • Existing ALG recipients will receive a Notice of Entitlement (NoE) for 2011/12. Learners who will be continuing on their course in 2011/12 will need to take this to their learning provider to continue to receive weekly payments from the Learner Support Service.
  • The final date for receipt of new applications with the Learner Support Service is Friday 1 July 2011. No new applications for the 2010/11 academic year will be accepted after this date. Any applications in query on that date will be given a further two months to be completed (by August 26 2011).

Further information on the changes to adult learner support, including a Q&A document and guidance, is available on the Skills Funding Agency's website.

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