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:
- Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) – full-time students aged 16, 17 or 18
- Welsh Government Learning Grant – full or part-time students aged 19 or over
- Financial Contingency Fund – full or part-time students aged 16 or over
- STEM Scholarship – for students studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths at Level 3
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)
- Student Loans & Welsh Government Learning Grant – if you study full-time
- Part-time Grant – if you study part-time
- Apply now for Student Finance Wales support: 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:
- Up to £20,817 per year (if you are the only young person studying in the household) – £30 per week
- Up to £23,077 per year (if there are other young people in the household who qualify for Child Benefit) – £30 per week
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 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 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:
- Student Loan for Maintenance – up to a maximum of £7,288 depending on place of study, household income and whether you live with parents or away from home. (Repayable from April after you finish your course, the amount you repay will be linked to your income)
- Tuition Fee Loan (non means-tested) – up to a maximum of £3,685 of the fee you are charged, paid directly to your university or college. (Repayable – will be linked to your maintenance loan)
- Welsh Government Learning Grant (Higher Education) – up to £5,161 dependent on household income. (Non repayable)
- Special Support Grant
- Childcare Grant
- Parents Learning Allowance
- Adult Dependents Grant
- Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)
- Care Leavers Grant
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.