Policy paper

Lifelong Learning Entitlement (LLE): overview

Find out what the LLE is and how this new post-18 student-finance system will work from 2025.

Applies to England



Information for the public about the LLE, including:

  • what the LLE is
  • how the funding will work
  • who is eligible
  • which courses we will include
  • how learners can repay their LLE
  • how we will regulate the LLE
  • what the next steps are
Published 19 September 2023
Last updated 28 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Removed out-of-date content relating to autumn 2023 in the 'Next steps' section of the 'Lifelong Learning Entitlement overview'.

  2. Added information about the qualification gateway, which is an approval process for LLE-funded qualifications, and advanced learner loan funding at providers not registered with OfS.

  3. Updated to allow more time for introducing the Office for Students' third registration category.

  4. 'Lifelong Learning Entitlement overview' updated to reflect changes to fee limits and residual entitlement.

  5. First published.