Further Education Students
If you are studying on a further education course (e.g. A-levels, Extended Diplomas) at the College, you may be able to access the following sources of finance:
Higher Education Students
The following sources of finance are available if you are studying on a higher education course at the College (e.g. Degree, HND, HNC)
Apply now for Student Finance Wales support: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
If you are claiming benefits prior to commencing a course at the College, please contact your local benefits office for information on how your benefit could be affected by full-time study. The College can only give general information/advice and referral as individual circumstances vary. You are strongly advised to seek further guidance about your particular circumstances before applying for a course at the College.
The EMA is for students aged 16, 17 and 18 who are studying a further education course. Eligibility depends on household income as follows:
Payment is made for term-time only and is based on 100% attendance which is monitored and reported on a weekly basis.
The EMA Wales is paid fortnightly directly into your bank account.
Application forms are available from the Learner Contact Centre or www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/ema
If you are aged 19 or over, on a full-time further education course, and have a household income of less than £18,370 you could be eligible for an Welsh Government Learning Grant.
This is a means-tested grant of up to £1,500 for the academic year depending on your personal circumstances.
Application forms are available from the Learner Contact Centre or www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/
Students with a household income of less than £23,000 per year can apply for assistance through the Financial Contingency Fund.
This is a fund for students aged 16 and over to help with a contribution towards essential course costs such as books, equipment, childcare and transport.
Evidence of household income such as two recent bank statements or a Tax Credit Notification will be required when submitting an application.
Full-time higher education students are eligible to apply for the following support:
From September 2012, if you are from Wales and studying for your first degree or other higher education course you will not have to pay your tuition fee upfront. Both a tuition fee loan and a new fee grant are available from Student Finance Wales.
New eligible Welsh domiciled students who start a designated part-time course on or after 1 September 2014 can apply for: