Stage 2: Making an application
Welsh Government Learning Grant, funding for Further Education

Returning students

If you got Welsh Government Learning Grant FE (WGLG FE) last year, you do not need to re-apply. We’ll send you a letter about your next academic year.

You may be asked to send evidence, or fill in a form for us to check your financial details. Once we have the information and/or evidence, we’ll confirm if you can still get WGLG FE by sending you an award letter.

Once you have got this letter, check that all the details are correct. If there are any changes, you should contact us immediately. If we’ve asked you to fill out a form or provide us with more information you should post it to us as soon as you can.

If all the information is correct, the next thing to happen is:

  • You must sign your WGLG FE Agreement when you return to college. Do this within 9 months of starting your course to be entitled to your WGLG FE payments.
  • Meet the attendance rules and objectives of your WGLG FE Agreement as set by your college for you to get your payments.
  • Your college must confirm your attendance to us for you to get your payments.

If you have not received any letters from us by 30 June 2023, contact us.

Household income

As with last year, your eligibility for WGLG FE depends on your household income.

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

Dependent students

You’ll still be considered a dependent student if you:

  • have not turned 25 by the time you return to your course
  • have not told us of any changes which would make you an independent student

We may send you a letter and ask you to provide evidence, and your parent(s) to provide their financial details to check you’re still eligible for WGLG FE.

If you get this letter, your parent(s) must give details of their income for tax year 2021 to 2022 (6 April 2021 to 5 April 2022).

Independent students

If we’ve sent you a letter saying that we now consider you to be independent, it’s because you’ll be 25 when you return to your course. This letter may ask you for evidence, and financial information to check that you’re still eligible for WGLG FE.

If you get this letter, you must give details of your income for tax year 2021 to 2022 (6 April 2021 to 5 April 2022).

If you have a partner, they must give details of their income for tax year 2021 to 2022 (6 April 2021 to 5 April 2022).

The higher income from you or your partner (if applicable) will be used to assess your entitlement.

If your household income has gone down

If your household income has permanently dropped since the 2021 to 2022 tax year, we can assess your application using your current household income. You’ll need to send evidence of both you and your parents’ or partner’s current income. The evidence must show there’s been a permanent drop in income since the 2021 to 2022 tax year.

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

Once you’ve been awarded WGLG FE, we may contact you in the future and ask for further evidence. This is to make sure you continue to be eligible.

Financial evidence check

If you’ve been awarded WGLG FE for academic year 2023 to 2024, we may write to you and ask you to send us financial evidence to support the information provided on your application.

You must return all required financial evidence by 30 November 2023 or your payments will be blocked. If you do not send financial evidence by 31 January 2024, you will be rejected from the scheme. This means you will have to return any payments already made to you.