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.

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

2020 to 2021

Where you’re studying Maximum loan Maximum grant
At a public university or college in Wales £4,470 £4,530
At a public university or college in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland £4,720 £4,530
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 2021/22 and 2020/21 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 2021/22 and 2020/21.

  Maximum loan available for 2021/22 Maximum loan available for 2020/21
Living at home with your parents £6,027 £5,848
Living away from home and studying outside London £7,786 £7,555
Living away from home and studying in London £10,907 £10,584
Studying overseas £9,283 £9,008

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.

Extra help

If you have a disability or long-term health condition

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

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 Grant.

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:

  2021 to 2022 2020 to 2021
Living with your parents £89 £86
Living away from home, studying outside London £135 £131
Living away from home, studying in London £172 £167

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