There are several funding options available depending on your circumstances. For help or advice, please contact our Student Finance team at s.finance@pembrokeshire.ac.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.

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:

  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) – full-time students aged 16, 17 or 18
  • Welsh Government Learning Grant FE (WGLG) – full-time or part-time students aged 19 or over
  • Financial Contingency Fund – full-time or part-time students aged 16 or over
  • A-level Bursary – for high performing students studying A-levels
  • Entrepreneurship Bursary – for learners looking to test a business idea
  • Sports Scholarship – full-time students participating in their sport at a recognised level
  • Personal Learning Account – for employed individuals earning under £26,000, as well as those on furlough or whose jobs are at risk
  • ReAct Funding – learners affected by redundancy or unemployment
  • Prince’s Trust Development Awards – for students aged 16-30
  • Danny Fellows Training Trust – for students living in Pembrokeshire looking to gain industry recognised qualifications in the Energy, Engineering and Construction sectors
  • Thomas Wall Trust – for students undertaking vocational training and are facing financial difficulties

Further information is available below and in the Student Financial Support Information Sheet.

Higher Education Students

The following sources of funding are available if you are studying on a higher education course at the College (e.g. Degree, HND, HNC)

  • Student loans and grants for both full-time and part-time study available from Student Finance Wales
  • Pembrokeshire College Bursary – for students progressing onto full time HE courses from a Level 3 course.

Further information is available below and in the Student Financial Support HE Information Sheet.

Work-Based Students

  • Traineeship Allowance – for students enrolled on a Traineeship Engagement or Traineeship Level 1 course
  • Deprivation Fund – for students enrolled on an apprenticeship, Traineeship or Adult Programme and are facing financial difficulties

Further information is available below and in the Student Financial Support Information Sheet.

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

  • EMA is available to full time students aged 16-18 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.
  • EMA is paid fortnightly directly into your bank account.
  • If approved you must complete an EMA Agreement before you start receiving payments.
  • Application forms are available from the Finance Office (G5.1) or can be downloaded via the Student Finance Wales website.

Welsh Government Learning Grant – Further Education

  • WGLG is available to students aged 19 or over who are studying on a full-time or part-time further education course, and have a household income of less than £18,370.
  • This is a means-tested grant of up to £1,500 for the academic year depending on your personal circumstances.
  • If approved you must complete a WGLG Agreement before you start receiving payments.
  • Application forms are available from the Finance Office (G5.1) or can be downloaded via the Student Finance Wales website.

Financial Contingency Fund

The College has access to and administrates a Welsh Government fund to be used to provide emergency payments in respect of unexpected crises; and to provide financial help for those eligible students whose access to further education might be inhibited by financial considerations, or who, for whatever reason, including physical or other disability face financial difficulties.

  • This is a fund for students aged 16 and over who have a household income of less than £29,999 to help with a contribution towards essential course costs such as books, equipment, childcare and transport.
  • Students in receipt of EMA/WGLG would normally be automatically eligible for support from the fund. For those not eligible for EMA or WGLG, evidence of household income such as bank statements or a Tax Credit Award Notice will be required when applying.
  • Online application forms are available now in English or Welsh. Before applying, please read the accompanying guidance notes: English/Welsh

What if I need financial support for online access?

If you need financial support for online learning you may be eligible to receive some funding from the Financial Contingency Fund (FCF).

Here are some common issues and possible solutions.

Issue Reason Suggested Solution
Slow internet speeds One of the most obvious causes of slow internet speeds is being too far from the router or access point. This is because the further you are from the router, the more unreliable the connection will be. To fix this problem, simply move closer to the router. If the router is located in a different room or on a different side of the house, try working from that area and see if that fixes the issue.

Try to position the router higher (for example, up on a shelf), away from other devices that could interfere with its connection, and in a central location in the office without any obstructions. Having objects and materials such as metal, stone, brick, or glass between your computers and the router can interfere with your signal.

Insufficient Bandwidth Another common cause of internet connection problem is a lack of bandwidth. Bandwidth is a measure of how much data can be transmitted through your internet “pipeline” per second. This means that if you have a small pipeline and are trying to stream a video in HD (an activity that requires a lot of data), your internet speeds may slow down because your pipeline isn’t big enough to funnel all that data at once. A larger internet pipeline would allow more data to funnel through at one time, resulting in a faster connection. Having too many devices can bog down your bandwidth, so disconnect any that you aren’t actively using. Malware can also take up your bandwidth (plus put your data at risk), so you’ll want to regularly scan your system for viruses so they can be identified and handled as quickly as possible.

To test your bandwidth locate yourself close to your broadband box using the following website – www.speedtest.net

After repositioning yourself or your router and testing the speed:

Issue Suggested Solution One off Cost Ongoing Costs
You have access to Broadband but the upload speed is below 8Mbps, then this suggests there is more likely to be an issue with the broadband speed rather than poor wireless signal in the house. Contact your broadband provider who may be able to offer a solution or upgrade.

There is also a government grant scheme which pays for superfast broadband to be installed in houses that have insufficient broadband speed;
gov.wales/broadband-in-wales

To be confirmed by broadband provider To be confirmed by broadband provider
If you have access to Broadband and the upload speed is above 8Mbps when you run a bandwidth test the you could use a Wi-Fi Extender Booster. Wi-Fi Extender Booster & Powerline Kit:

Example:

**TP-LINK 300M Wi-Fi Extender Booster & 600MBPS Powerline Kit

This Wi-Fi Extender booster is unlikely to help if your broadband download speed is below 8Mbps.

Approx £50 None
No access to Broadband at home but you have a smartphone with Data Access Purchase additional data and tether your laptop/device to the additional data on your mobile phone. None Monthly £10 to £40 dependant on data requirement.
No access to Broadband at home and no access to a smartphone Purchase of a ‘Data Dongle’

Example:

**Vodafone RG219 4G 15GB Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

Preloaded with mobile data – expires within 90 days

Approx £50 Approx £25 for 15GB data – expires within 90 days

** – Links to websites are shown as examples of equipment that can be purchased.

Email s.finance@pembrokeshire.ac.uk for further information or to receive an FCF application.

A Level Bursary

  • A bursary of up to £500 is available to high performing full-time students aged 16-19 who are studying A-levels.
  • Eligible students are required to have achieved eight A* or A grades at GCSE, and will be asked to attend an interview by a College panel.
  • For further information please email: lcc@pembrokeshire.ac.uk

Entrepreneurship Bursary

  • The College actively encourages enterprise and entrepreneurship and has put in place Enterprise bursaries for students who are looking to test a business idea.
  • For further information please email: lcc@pembrokeshire.ac.uk

Sports Scholarship

  • Sports Scholarships are supported by Pembrokeshire College and are available to full-time students studying at the College, irrespective of their course of study.
  • The aim of the award, presented for the student’s duration of study, is to support students who participate in their sport at a recognised level.
  • For further information please email: lcc@pembrokeshire.ac.uk

Personal Learning Account (PLA)

  • Personal Learning Accounts provide support to employed individuals earning under £26,000, as well as those on furlough or whose jobs are at risk, to gain the right skills to change careers or progress in employment.
  • PLAs provide flexible courses and qualifications, which are fully funded by the Welsh Government.
  • For further information, contact your local Careers Wales

ReAct Funding 

  • The ReAct scheme supports individuals living in Wales to gain new skills, overcome obstacles and improve their chances of returning to work following redundancy.
  • If you have been made redundant in the past three months, you may be eligible for a grant of up to £1,500 towards support packages to help you gain new skills, retrain or change career. You might also get help with travel and childcare costs whilst you are doing a course.
  • For further information, contact your local Careers Wales

Prince’s Trust Development Awards

  • A payment of up to £250 for people aged 16-30 to help them into work, education or volunteering
  • Development Awards can help fund equipment, course and training fees as well as childcare and transport costs
  • For further information, call 0800 842 842 or visit princes-trust.org.uk

Danny Fellows Training Trust

  • Interest free loans of up to £2,500 available to individuals living in Pembrokeshire looking to gain industry recognised qualifications within the Energy, Engineering and Construction sectors.
  • For more information please visit – https://www.dannyfellowstrainingtrust.org.uk/

Thomas Wall Trust

  • Grants of up to £1,000 available to students taking an accredited vocational training course up to level 3.
  • Available to individuals facing hardship preventing them from entering employment or education and who are unable to secure funding through other means.
  • Applicants will only be considered if they are not already qualified to work and are able to demonstrate compelling need.
  • For more information please visit – https://www.thomaswalltrust.org.uk/grants-for-individuals/

Traineeship Bursary

If you are aged 16-18 and enrolled on a Traineeship programme you could be eligible to receive a weekly bursary. Payment is subject to attendance.


Deprivation Fund

This fund is available to students studying on an Apprenticeship, Traineeship or Adult Programme who may be inhibited by financial considerations or face financial difficulties. The fund can assist with a possible contribution towards essential course equipment, books, free meals, emergency transport, emergency childcare and hardship support.


Student Finance Wales – Higher Education

Full-time higher education students are eligible to apply for the following support:

  • Tuition Fee Support – a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 is available to learners studying in Wales. Entitlement does not depend on household income.
  • Help with living costs – a Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan are available to help with costs such as food, books, rent and other expenses whilst you are studying. The amount you receive is dependent on household income.

Part-time higher education students are eligible to apply for the following support:

  • Tuition Fee Support – a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £2,625 is available to learners studying in Wales. Entitlement does not depend on your household income; however, you must be studying at a course intensity of least 25%.
  • Help with living costs – a Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan are available to help with costs such as food, books, rent and other expenses whilst you are studying. The amount you receive is dependent on household income.

Further support available for higher education students:

  • Special Support Grant
  • Childcare Grant
  • Adult Dependants’ Grant
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance
  • Disabled Students’ Allowance

Apply online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk


Pembrokeshire College Bursary – Level 3 students progressing onto full time HE courses

A £500 bursary is available to students enrolled on full time HE courses at Pembrokeshire College who have progressed from a Level 3 course at Pembrokeshire College the previous academic year. Payment is split and made on completion of year 1 and on completion of course.