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Help with living costs


Information about the student finance available to new students starting a course in 2017/18 is also available.

There are loans and grants available to help you throughout your course.

Welsh Government Learning Grant

Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG) helps with living costs, such as food, books, rent and other expenses while you’re studying. The amount of WGLG you can get depends on your household income, and where you’ll be studying, however most students will get a grant of at least £1,000.

Household incomeLiving at home with your parentsStudying outside London, not living at homeStudents studying in London and not living with their parents
£18,370 and under £6,885 £8,100 £10,124
£20,000 £6,651 £7,817 £9,760
£25,000 £5,930 £6,947 £8,643
£30,000 £5,209 £6,078 £7,526
£35,000 £4,488 £5,208 £6,408
£40,000 £3,767 £4,339 £5,291
£45,000 £3,047 £3,469 £4,174
£50,000 £2,326 £2,600 £3,056
£55,000 £1,605 £1,730 £1,939
£59,200 and over £1,000 £1,000 £1,000

Does it need to be paid back?

No, unless you leave your course or there’s a change in your circumstances which results in an overpayment.

How is it paid?

WGLG is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. This will only happen after you’ve registered on your course and your attendance has been confirmed by your university or college.

Special Support Grant

Special Support Grant (SSG) is intended to help with costs such as books, course equipment and travel. However, unlike WGLG, 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 other income-related benefits or Tax Credits.

The maximum amount of SSG available in academic year 2018/19 is £5,161 per year. Certain students will be eligible for their grant to be designated as Special Support Grant, depending on their circumstances, and may be able to get some additional grant as WGLG as well. You may be eligible for SSG if any of the following applies to you:

  • 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.

Does it need to be paid back?

No, unless you leave your course or there’s a change in your circumstances which results in an overpayment.

How is it paid?

SSG is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. This will only happen after you’ve registered on your course and your attendance has been confirmed by your university or college.

Maintenance Loan

Based on your household income

The maximum amount of Maintenance Loan you can get is affected by your household income, and that of your parents or partner, if you apply for an income-assessed loan.

The following table shows the amount of Maintenance Loan available:

Household incomeLiving with your parentsLiving away from home, studying outside LondonLiving away from home, studying in London
GrantMaintenance LoanGrantMaintenance LoanGrantMaintenance Loan
£18,370 or less £6,885 £765 £8,100 £900 £10,124 £1,126
£25,000 £5,930 £1,720 £6,947 £2,053 £8,643 £2,607
£35,000 £4,488 £3,162 £5,208 £3,792 £6,408 £4,842
£45,000 £3,047 £4,603 £3,469 £5,531 £4,174 £7,076
£59,200 or more £1,000 £6,650 £1,000 £8,000 £1,000 £10,250
Total £7,650 £9,000 £11,250

How is it paid?

The Maintenance Loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. This will only happen after you’ve registered on your course and your attendance has been confirmed by your university or college.

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

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.

Welsh partial cancellation of Maintenance Loan

If you take out a Maintenance Loan in academic year 2018/19 you could have up to £1,500 cancelled from your student loan balance by the Welsh Government when you start repaying.

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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