Students who started their course between 1 September 2012 and 1 August 2018

Welsh Government Learning Grant

The maximum amount of WGLG available in 2018/19 and 2019/20 is £5,161 per year.

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

Special Support Grant

The maximum Special Support Grant available in 2018/19 and 2019/20 is £5,161 per year.

Special Support Grant is intended to help with costs such as books, course equipment and travel. However, unlike the Welsh Government Learning Grant, this will not affect the amount of Maintenance Loan that you may be entitled to. Additionally, the grant doesn’t count as income when you work out income-related benefits or Tax Credits.

You may be able to get Special Support Grant if:

  • you’re a single parent;
  • your partner is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child, or a young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher education level;
  • you have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium;
  • you’re deaf and qualify for Disabled Students' Allowances;
  • you have been treated as incapable of work for at least 28 weeks;
  • you have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • you’re eligible for Housing Benefit
  • you’re eligible for Housing element of Universal Credit
  • you’re entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • you’re entitled to Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • you’re entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • you’re waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended; or
  • you’re aged 60 or older.

You can get either a Welsh Government Learning Grant or Special Support Grant, but not both.

Grants don’t need to be paid back unless you leave your course or there’s a change in your circumstances which results in an overpayment

Maintenance Loan

The following table shows the Maintenance Loan available for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Maximum loan available for 2019/20

Maximum loan available for 2018/19

Living at home with your parents

£5,684

£5,529

Living away from home and studying outside London

£7,344

£7,143

Living away from home and studying in London

£10,288

£10,007

Studying overseas

£8,756

£8,517

Longer courses

If your course is longer than 30 term-time weeks and 3 days, you can get an extra amount of loan for each week to help with your living costs:

Loan available for 2019/20

Loan available for 2018/19

Living at home with your parents

£84

£80

Living away from home and studying outside London

£127

£120

Living away from home and studying in London

£162

£153

Studying overseas

£177

£166

Maintenance Loan Request Form

If you’ve already applied for student finance, the quickest and easiest way to change the amount of Maintenance Loan you want to borrow is to log in to your online account

Alternatively you can complete and return this form.

Interest on your Maintenance Loan

You’ll be charged interest on your Maintenance Loan from the first day the money is paid into your bank until the loan is repaid in full or cancelled.

You can find out what interest you’ll be charged by visiting our Repayment Quick Start Guide

Welsh partial cancellation of Maintenance Loan

If you take out a Maintenance Loan you could have up to £1,500 cancelled from your student loan balance by the Welsh Government when you start repaying.

To qualify for this you must have taken out a Maintenance Loan through Student Finance Wales in any academic year from 2011/12 to 2019/20.

Once you make your first repayment, we will automatically cancel up to £1,500 off your Maintenance Loan.

You won’t be eligible for partial cancellation if you have any outstanding charges, costs, expenses or penalties in relation to your loan or if you’re in breach of your loan agreement.

Welsh Government Learning Grant

The maximum amount of WGLG available in 2018/19 and 2019/20 is £5,161 per year.

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

Special Support Grant

The maximum Special Support Grant available in 2018/19 and 2019/20 is £5,161 per year.

Special Support Grant is intended to help with costs such as books, course equipment and travel. However, unlike the Welsh Government Learning Grant, this will not affect the amount of Maintenance Loan that you may be entitled to. Additionally, the grant doesn’t count as income when you work out income-related benefits or Tax Credits.

You may be able to get Special Support Grant if:

  • you’re a single parent;
  • your partner is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child, or a young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher education level;
  • you have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium;
  • you’re deaf and qualify for Disabled Students' Allowances;
  • you have been treated as incapable of work for at least 28 weeks;
  • you have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • you’re eligible for Housing Benefit
  • you’re eligible for Housing element of Universal Credit
  • you’re entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • you’re entitled to Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • you’re entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • you’re waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended; or
  • you’re aged 60 or older.

You can get either a Welsh Government Learning Grant or Special Support Grant, but not both.

Grants don’t need to be paid back unless you leave your course or there’s a change in your circumstances which results in an overpayment

Maintenance Loan

The following table shows the Maintenance Loan available for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Maximum loan available for 2019/20

Maximum loan available for 2018/19

Living at home with your parents

£5,684

£5,529

Living away from home and studying outside London

£7,344

£7,143

Living away from home and studying in London

£10,288

£10,007

Studying overseas

£8,756

£8,517

Longer courses

If your course is longer than 30 term-time weeks and 3 days, you can get an extra amount of loan for each week to help with your living costs:

Loan available for 2019/20

Loan available for 2018/19

Living at home with your parents

£84

£80

Living away from home and studying outside London

£127

£120

Living away from home and studying in London

£162

£153

Studying overseas

£177

£166

Maintenance Loan Request Form

If you’ve already applied for student finance, the quickest and easiest way to change the amount of Maintenance Loan you want to borrow is to log in to your online account

Alternatively you can complete and return this form.

Interest on your Maintenance Loan

You’ll be charged interest on your Maintenance Loan from the first day the money is paid into your bank until the loan is repaid in full or cancelled.

You can find out what interest you’ll be charged by visiting our Repayment Quick Start Guide

Welsh partial cancellation of Maintenance Loan

If you take out a Maintenance Loan you could have up to £1,500 cancelled from your student loan balance by the Welsh Government when you start repaying.

To qualify for this you must have taken out a Maintenance Loan through Student Finance Wales in any academic year from 2011/12 to 2019/20.

Once you make your first repayment, we will automatically cancel up to £1,500 off your Maintenance Loan.

You won’t be eligible for partial cancellation if you have any outstanding charges, costs, expenses or penalties in relation to your loan or if you’re in breach of your loan agreement.



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