Help with living costs

This page explains the grants and loans available to full-time students.

All 2018/19 figures are subject to approval by the National Assembly for Wales.

Students who started their course on or after 1 August 2018

Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan

Most students can get a mixture of grants and loans to help with their living costs.

How much grant they get will depend on their household income, but most full-time students will get a grant of at least £1,000.

Where they're livingTotal support available
Living with parents £7,650
Living away from home and studying outside London £9,000
Living away from home and studying in London £11,250

For more information on how household income affects what they can get, download our student finance package factsheet

Students could have up to £1,500 from their Maintenance Loan balance cancelled by the Welsh Government when they start repaying. Find out more about who qualifies for the partial cancellation policy

Special Support Grant

The Special Support Grant replaces some or all of the Welsh Government Learning Grant for students in certain circumstances.

If the student is eligible, they'll get the first £5,161 as a Special Support Grant. Anything over this will be a Welsh Government Learning Grant. This means students on the lowest incomes will be able to get extra money.

It doesn't count as income when working out income-related benefits or Tax Credits.

They may be able to get Special Support Grant if:

  • they're a single parent
  • their partner is also a student and one or both of them are responsible for a child, or a young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher-education level
  • they have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium
  • they're deaf and qualify for Disable Students' Allowances
  • they've been treated as incapable of work for at least 28 weeks
  • they have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • they're eligible for Housing Benefit
  • they're eligible for the housing element of Universal Credit
  • they're entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • they're entitled to Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • they're entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • they're waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended
  • they're aged 60 or older

Students who started their course between 1 September 2012 and 31 July 2018

Maintenance Loan

Maximum loan available for
2018/19
Maximum loan available for 2017/18
Living with parents £5,529 £5,358
Living away from home and studying
outside London
£7,143 £6,922
Living away from home and studying
in London
£10,007 £9,697
Studying overseas £8,517 £8,253

For information on how household income affects what they can get, download our student finance package factsheet

Students could have up to £1,500 cancelled from their Maintenance Loan balance by the Welsh Government when they start repaying. Find out more about who qualifies for the partial cancellation policy

Welsh Government Learning Grant

The maximum Welsh Government Learning Grant they can get is £5,161.

The amount of Welsh Government Learning Grant the student gets will reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan they can get.

Special Support Grant

The maximum Special Support Grant they can get is £5,161.

Unlike Welsh Government Learning Grant, Special Support Grant won't reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan they can get.

It doesn't count as income when working out income-related benefits for Tax Credits.

Students can get either a Welsh Government Learning Grant or Special Support Grant, but not both.

They may be able to get Special Support Grant if:

  • they're a single parent
  • their partner is also a student and one or both of them are responsible for a child, or a young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher-education level
  • they have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium
  • they're deaf and qualify for Disabled Students' Allowances
  • they've been treated as incapable of work for at least 28 weeks
  • they have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • they're eligible for Housing Benefit
  • they're eligible for the housing element of Universal Credit
  • they're entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • they're entitled to Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • they're entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • they're waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended
  • they're aged 60 or older

Students who started in 2010/11 or 2011/12

Students who started their course in 2010/11 or 2011/12 should contact us if they need more information about what they can get.



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