Introduction to student finance for part-time students

Film description: Find out about the support available to part-time students starting a course from 1 August 2019.

Most part-time students can get a Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. These help pay for things such as books, rent and food.

How much you get will depend on your course intensity and household income. When you apply you’ll need to know the number of module credits you’ll be studying. We’ll use the module credits to calculate your intensity in each academic year.

The Welsh Government Learning Grant doesn’t have to be paid back, but you’ll be due to start repaying any Maintenance Loan the April after you leave your course, or the April four years after the start of your course, whichever comes first. The amount you repay each month depends on your income, not how much you borrowed.

You could also get a Tuition Fee Loan to help pay for tuition fees charged by your university or college. Tuition Fee Loans need to be paid back. The amount you can get doesn’t depend on your household income.

There’s also extra help for students with a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition, Autism spectrum disorder or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. You can also get extra help if you have any children or adult dependents.

You might be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan, which means you won’t have to pay these fees up front.

On screen: For helpful tools and guides visit: the Student Finance Wales website, the SFW Facebook account, the SFW Twitter account, the SFW YouTube channel.

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