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
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.
Students in receipt of EMA/WGLG will automatically be eligible for support from the fund. For those not eligible for EMA or WGLG, 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:
- Tuition Fee Loan – up to £4,046 per year (repayable when you are earning over £21,000 a year)
- Tuition Fee Grant – Up to £4,954 per year to cover the difference between your tuition fee loan and the cost of your fees (non-repayable)
- Maintenance Loan – Up to £6,922 per year
- Welsh Government Learning Grant – Up to £5,161 per year (non-repayable)
Part-time higher education students are eligible to apply for the following support:
- Tuition Fee Loan – Up to £2,625 per year (repayable when you are earning over £21,000 a year)
- Course Grant – Up to £1,155 per year (non-repayable)
Further support available for higher education students:
- Childcare Grant
- Adult Dependants’ Grant
- Parents’ Learning Allowance
- Disabled Students’ Allowance
- Special Support Grant