Student Finance Available to a Part-time Student Starting a New 2018/19 Course


If you're a new part-time student starting a course in 2019/20, find out what student finance you might be able to get

Overview of the student finance available to new part-time students starting their course in academic year 2018/19.

Tuition Fee Loan

If you’re a new part-time student or a part-time distance learning student (including the Open University) you could get a Tuition Fee Loan to help pay for your tuition fees.

How much can you get?

Your study location Tuition Fee Loan available in 2018/19
If you're at a Welsh university or college or studying at the Open University £2,625

If you're at a UK university or college outside Wales

£6,935
If you're at a privately funded UK university or college outside Wales £4,625

If the tuition fee charged by your university or college is more than the Tuition Fee Loan available, then you’ll have to fund the difference yourself (this may be the case for a privately funded university or college).

Private universities and colleges can set their own tuition fee level and there is no restriction on the amount they can charge. A course at a private university or college needs to have been specifically designated by the Welsh Government for you to be able to get student finance.

You must also be studying an average course intensity of at least 25% to get a Tuition Fee Loan.

How's it paid?

We pay the Tuition Fee Loan directly to your university or college in three instalments within the academic year. The first payment of the Tuition Fee Loan is made after we receive confirmation from your university or college that you’re in attendance on your course.

Repayment

You must repay your Tuition Fee Loan including any interest. Interest is added to your loan balance from the day the first loan payment is made to your university or college.

You can get more information on the repayment of your student loan from the following guide.

Help with living costs

Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG) and Maintenance Loan help with living costs, such as food, books, rent and other expenses while you’re studying. The amount you can get depends on your course intensity and household income.

We’ll work out how much Welsh Government Learning Grant you can get first then the rest of your student finance will be awarded as a Maintenance Loan.

How much can you get?

The following table shows the maximum amount you can get based on your course intensity and household income.

You must be studying at a course intensity of at least 25% to get WGLG and Maintenance Loan.

Examples of course
intensity
Household
income
Welsh Government Learning
Grant
Maintenance
Loan
Total

25%

£25,000 or less

£1,500.00

£162.50

£1,662.50

25%

£45,000

£769.25

£893.25

£1,662.50

25%

£59,200 or more

£250.00

£1,412.50

£1,662.50

50%

£25,000 or less

£3,000.00

£325

£3,325

50%

£45,000

£1,538.50

£1,786.50

£3,325

50%

£59,200 or more

£500.00

£2,285

£3,325

75% or more

£25,000 or less

£4,500.00

£487.50

£4.987.50

75% or more

£45,000

£2,307.75

£2,679.75

£4,987.50

75% or more

£59,200 or more

£750.00

£4,237.50

£4,987.50

How’s it paid?

WGLG and Maintenance Loan are 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 each term.

Repaying your loan

You must repay your Maintenance Loan including any interest. Interest is added to your loan balance from the day the first loan payment is made to your university or college.

You’ll be due to start repaying any Maintenance Loan the April four years after the start of your course or the April after you finish or leave your course, whichever comes first.

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

Childcare Grant

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to receive extra help towards the cost of registered or approved childcare.

Childcare Grant (CCG) helps with childcare costs if you have dependent children aged under 15 (or under 17 if they have special educational needs) in registered or approved childcare.

How much can you get?

The maximum Childcare Grant available will be up to 85% of your actual costs, based on your course intensity.

Course intensity

Maximum Childcare Grant if you have one child (per week)

Maximum Childcare Grant if you have more than one child (per week)

50%-59%

£80.75

£137.28

60%-74%

£96.90

£164.73

75% or more

£121.13

£205.91

When you apply, if you’re unable to provide details of your childcare provider, your CCG will be capped at the following level:

Course intensity Childcare Grant cap
50%-59% £57.50
60%-74% £69.00
75% or more £86.25

We’ll reassess your entitlement to CCG once you give us your childcare provider’s details. You won’t qualify for this grant if either you or your partner claims the childcare element of Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, NHS-funded childcare grants or Tax-Free Childcare from HMRC.

How's it paid?

CCG is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. For this to happen you need to register on your course and your university or college confirm that you’re in attendance. You are responsible for paying your chosen registered childcare provider(s).

Parents’ Learning Allowance

Parents’ Learning Allowance (PLA) is extra help intended to cover some of the additional costs incurred if you have children.

How much can you get?

The maximum amount you get for PLA is £1,167.75 per year. You can only apply for PLA if you have one or more children that are financially dependent on you, regardless of their age. The amount available to you depends on your income, that of your partner, children and any other dependants. Your entitlement also depends on your course intensity.

Course intensity

Maximum Parents' Learning Allowance available

50%-59%

£778.50

60%-74%

£934.20

75% or more

£1,167.75

How’s it paid?

PLA is paid directly into your bank account each term. Before your first payment is made, you’ll need to make sure your university or college complete section 3 of the Part-Time Grants for Dependants (PTGFD) form when you start. Return this and your first payment will be made after the form has been processed.

Adult Dependants’ Grant

Adult Dependants’ Grant (ADG) is extra financial help intended to cover some additional costs you may have with adult dependants.

How much can you get?

The maximum amount you can get for ADG is £2,049 per year. You can only apply for ADG if you have a partner or another adult who is financially dependent on you. You can only apply for this grant for one adult dependant. If you have more than one adult dependant you will still only receive ADG once. The amount of ADG available to you depends on your income, that of your partner and any other dependants.

Your entitlement also depends on your course intensity.

Course intensity

Maximum Adult Dependants' Grant available

50%-59%

£1,366

60%-74%

£1,639.20

75% or more

£2,049

How’s it paid?

ADG is paid directly into your bank account each term. Before your first payment is made, you’ll need to make sure your university or college complete section 3 of the Part-Time Grants for Dependants (PTGFD) form when you start. Return this and your first payment will be made after the form has been processed.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are available if you have a disability, mental-health condition, autism spectrum disorder or specific learning difficulty. DSAs are additional funding available for students who otherwise may not have been able to attend a higher education course. You must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Who can get DSAs?

You can get DSAs if:

  • you qualify for student finance;
  • you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student (including distance learning students);
  • you're an Open University (OU) student;
  • you're studying an Initial Teacher Training course;
  • you're studying a first higher education course (HND or Dip HE);
  • your condition affects your ability to study and you can provide evidence of this.

How much can you get?

The amount of DSAs you get does not depend on your income, or that of your parents or partner, but it does depend on your course intensity.

There is a range of help available:

Allowance Maximum amount available

Non-medical helper

£15,885 per year

Specialist equipment

£5,332 for the whole course

General allowance

£1,388 per year

Disability-related travel

Reasonable spending on additional travel costs incurred as a result of your condition.

How is it paid?

DSAs will either be paid directly to you or to any equipment or service suppliers.

Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education

If you’re studying a part-time postgraduate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course consisting of periods of study during each academic year of less than 300 hours, you can apply for the student finance stated on this page.

Bursaries and scholarships (including NHS)

You should check the websites of the universities and colleges you’re applying for to find out about the bursaries and scholarships they offer.

Find out How and when to apply





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