All grant and fund forms available from the Learner Contact Centre

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

Claiming Benefits

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.

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

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

Welsh Government Learning Grant – Further Education

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

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.

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.

Application forms are available from the Learner Contact Centre or can be downloaded here along with the full information and guidance guidance notes.

Higher Education

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