Stage 1: Before you apply
Full-time undergraduate, Welsh students

If you started before 2018

This information is for students who started their course on or after 1 September 2012, but before 1 September 2018. Find out what’s available if you started after then.

Tuition fees

You could get a loan and grant of up to £9,250 a year, depending on how much your course costs and where you’re studying. How much you get does not depend on your household income.

We pay your loan and grant directly to your university or college. You have to pay the loan back, including interest once you’ve finished or left your course and are earning over the threshold. You do not have to pay the grant back.

These tables show the maximum amount of loan and grant you can get depending on where you are studying.

2022 to 2023

Where you’re studying Maximum loan Maximum grant
At a public university or college in Wales £4,705 £4,295
At a public university or college in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland £4,955 £4,295
At a private university or college anywhere in the UK £6,165 None

2021 to 2022

Where you’re studying Maximum loan Maximum grant
At a public university or college in Wales £4,605 £4,395
At a public university or college in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland £4,855 £4,395
At a private university or college anywhere in the UK £6,165 None

Living costs

You could also get a mixture of loans and grants to help with your living costs. How much you get depends on your household income and where you live and study.

Welsh Government Learning Grant

The maximum amount of WGLG available in 2022/23 and 2021/22 is £5,161 per year.

The more Welsh Government Learning Grant you get reduces the amount of Maintenance Loan you get.

Maintenance Loan

The following table shows the Maintenance Loan available for 2022/23 and 2021/22.

  Maximum loan available for 2022/23 Maximum loan available for 2021/22
Living at home with your parents £6,163 £6,027
Living away from parental home and studying outside London £7,961 £7,786
Living away from parental home and studying in London £11,152 £10,907
Studying overseas £9,492 £9,283

The figures in the tables are for illustrative purposes only. You’ll receive a notification of entitlement letter which will confirm how much support you’re entitled to during the academic year.

You’ll need to let us know if your circumstances change during your course to ensure you’re receiving the support you are entitled to.

We pay your Maintenance Loan and Grant into your bank account in 3 instalments, usually at the start of each term.

You have to pay your Maintenance Loan back, including interest once you’ve finished or left your course.

Final year students will receive a lower rate of Maintenance Loan and Grant because the final term of their course is shorter due to completing the course.

Extra Help

If you have a disability or long-term health condition

You might be able to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance.

For more information, download the Disabled Students’ Allowance guide

If you have children or adult dependents

You might be able to apply for:

If you’re studying abroad

You might be able to apply for a Travel Grant.

If you’re getting benefits or you’re over 60

You might be able to apply for a Special Support.

If your course is longer than 30 weeks and 3 days

You can get an extra amount of Maintenance Loan for each week to help with your living costs:

  2022 to 2023 2021 to 2022
Living with your parents £91 £89
Living away from parental home and studying outside London £138 £135
Living away from parental home and studying in London £176 £172

You must be getting student finance that depends on your household income to qualify.