Returning students


If you got WGLG FE last year, you do not have to send us a new application. 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 all the information is correct, the next thing to happen is:

  • You must sign your WGLG FE Agreement when you return to school or college. Do this within nine 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 school or college for you to get your payments.
  • Your school or 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 2021, 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 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 2019 to 2020 (6 April 2019 to 5 April 2020).

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.

If you get this letter, you must give estimates of your expected 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 2019 to 2020 (6 April 2019 to 5 April 2020).

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

Financial evidence check

If you’ve been awarded WGLG FE for academic year 2021 to 2022, 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 2021 or your payments will be blocked. If you do not send financial evidence by 31 January 2022, you will be rejected from the scheme. This means you will have to return any payments already made to you.