I currently have a resettlement course booked commencing on 06 Jan 08 until 23 Feb 08 (Full 7 weeks GRT) now the costs are: Actual Training costs: £534.00 Exam Fee (SLC): £220.00 Supplied Meals (42 Days) £882.00 Accommodation (49 Days - retained weekends) £2597.00 Now its a perferred supplier for resettlement and I have visited etc and are happy to commence. Now apart from the Exam Fee, which I will be claiming back 80% afterwards as part of my Standard Learning Credits (SLC), how much of the rest can I have up front? The firm want payment 10 days beforehand. I have spoken to people here and have been told I can have 80% of my training costs and 90% of the remainder, which leaves a shortfall of about £1000. Now thats a lot to stump up at Christmas. I was also told I could also claim IE @ £5.00 a day thats another £210.00, but then I was told that maybe I couldnt have an advance of IE but would have to claim for it afterwards, which does not help. Now to top it off, I have been told that if I submit a claim of that amount it may well be delayed further as it will be automatically audited? Done 22 years, you get £534 and if you actually have the cheek to try and use it, well then lets make it as difficult as possible for you............ Any guidance would be appreciated.