Stage 1: Before you apply
Welsh Government Learning Grant, funding for Further Education

Information for parents and partners

What is WGLG FE?

WGLG FE is an income-assessed grant aimed to encourage those aged 19 and upwards to continue with further education. Full-time students can get up to £1,500 per year, and part-time students can get up to £750 per year.

Payments are made three times a year, directly to the student’s bank account.

If anyone in your household receives WGLG FE, these payments will not affect any benefits being paid to you or the student.

Household income threshold

How much the student gets will depend on your total household income.

The table shows the household income thresholds.

Annual household income Part-time (275 – 499 hours) Full-time (500+ hours)
Up to £6,120 £750 £1,500
£6,121 – £ 12,235 £450 £750
£12,236 – £18,370 £300 £450
£18,371 and above £0 £0

What you’ll need to do

For the student to be eligible for WGLG FE, you, and they, need to provide financial income information in support of their application.

We’ll ask for household income information from 2 tax years ago.

Example

If the student is applying for the 2021 to 2022 academic year, we’ll ask for your financial information from the 2019 to 2020 tax year.

Dependent students

When the student makes their application, we’ll ask for their income details. We’ll also need your income details if the student is financially dependent on you, and you are the student’s:

  • parent/adoptive parent
  • step-parent
  • parent’s partner

We will not ask for information from any:

  • siblings of the student, living in the same household as the student
  • parent or step-parent who does not normally live in the same household as the student (even if they make maintenance payments)

The higher income from both parents or the student will be used to assess the student’s entitlement.

Independent students

When the student makes their application, we’ll ask for their income details.

If the student does not live with their parent(s) and you are the student’s partner, you’ll need to give your income details on the application form.

The higher income from you or the student will be used to assess the student’s entitlement.

Evidence you’ll need to send

If your income has permanently dropped since the 2019 to 2020 tax year, we can assess the student using your current year household income. You will still need give the information on the form, but you will also need to send evidence to confirm the permanent drop in income.

The application guidance notes give more information about the types of evidence you can send.

Once the student has been awarded WGLG FE, we may contact you and ask for evidence. This is to make sure the student continues to be eligible.