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Part-time 2016/17 – what financial support is available?

The financial support available to you depends on when you started your course. If you:

Started your course on or after 1 September 2014?

If you’re a new or continuing part-time EU student and you started your course on or after 1 September 2014, find out what support is available for 2016/17.

Help with tuition fees

All eligible part-time, undergraduate EU students (including Open University), starting a course from 1 September 2014, may be eligible for a maximum Tuition Fee Loan of:

  • £2,625 if you’re at a Welsh university or college
  • £4,500 if you’re at a privately funded university or college

If the tuition fee being charged by your university or college is more than the Tuition Fee Loan available, then you’ll have to fund the difference yourself (this may be the case for a privately funded university or college).

You should also be studying at a minimum course intensity of 25%. This means it should take you no longer than four times the equivalent length of a full-time course to be eligible for the Tuition Fee Loan.

If you’re not sure what your course intensity is speak to your university or college.

The Tuition Fee Loan is repayable and will have interest applied to it from the point we make the first payment directly to your university or college.

If you’re a new student, we’ve produced a quick guide for reference. You can also find information, as a new or continuing student, on the support available and how to apply in our Guide for new and continuing part-time EU students studying in Wales 2016/17.

Started your course before 1 September 2014?

If you’re a continuing part-time EU student who started their course before 1 September 2014, find out what support is available for 2016/17

Help with tuition fees

All eligible part-time, undergraduate EU students, who are studying at least 50% of an equivalent full-time course, can apply for a Tuition Fee Grant to help pay for tuition fees.

How is household income calculated?

The amount of Tuition Fee Grant you can get will depend on your level of household income. This can include both your income and the income of your husband, wife or partner.

Household income is gross taxable income, minus certain deductions (for example, if there are dependent children in the household).

If you have a spouse, partner or children

If you have a husband, wife, partner or children, these household income levels (for both academic years) rise by:

  • £2,000 for your eldest dependent child
  • £1,000 for each further dependent child
  • £2,000 if you’re married, are in a civil partnership or live with a partner.

Working out course intensity

Course intensity is how long the course takes to complete compared with an equivalent full-time course. Your university or college will be able to tell you the intensity of your course.

The table below sets out the maximum Tuition Fee Grant you may get, depending on your course intensity (based on a single student with no children).

Household income *% course intensityMaximum Tuition Fee Grant
below £16,865
  • 50-59
  • 60-74
  • 75+
  • £690
  • £820
  • £1025
of £16,865
  • 50-59
  • 60-74
  • 75+
  • £640
  • £770
  • £975
between £16,866 - £25,434
  • 50-59
  • 60-74
  • 75+
  • max £640
  • max £770
  • max £975

* This table gives an idea of how much is available to a single student with no children.

You can also find information on the support available and how to apply in our Guide for new and continuing part-time EU students studying in Wales 2016/17.



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