If you’re starting a part-time undergraduate course in academic year 2020 to 2021, you’ll probably have a few questions about student finance. We’re here to answer those questions so you understand what you can get and how to apply.

Can I get student finance?

  • UK national and lived in the UK for the past 3 years
  • Ordinarily live in Wales
  • Studying your first degree

If you meet these criteria, you could be eligible for the full package of support for the duration of your course.

Don’t worry if you don’t meet these criteria, you might still be able to get student finance if you meet our other eligibility criteria.

How much can I get?

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for your tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan to help with your living costs. You can also get a Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG) too, which you won’t need to pay back.

Your student finance entitlement will be based on your study intensity. This means the amount you can get is not based on your household income.

We only use your household income to work out how much Maintenance Loan and WGLG makes up your entitlement.

Tuition Fee Loan Maintenance Loan Welsh Government Learning Grant

Up to £2,625
If you're at a Welsh university or college

Up to £6,935
If you're at a UK university or college outside Wales

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

Up to £4,433.75

Depending on household income and study intensity

At least £250
Up to £4,500

Depending on household income and study intensity

For example, if your studying a part-time course of 75% intensity compared to the full-time equivalent with a household income of £25,000, you would get a total entitlement of £5,433.75. This would be made up of a Maintenance Loan of £933.75 and a Maintenance Grant of £4,500

Extra help

You can get extra student finance if you have children or adults that are dependent on you financially. These grants do not need to be paid back.

Parents' Learning Allowance (PLA) Childcare Grant (CCG) Adult Dependants' Grant (ADG)
Up to £1,766
Depending on household income and study intensity
Up to £174.22 per week (for one child only)
Up to £298.69 (for 2 or more children)
Depending on household income and study intensity
Up to £3,094
Depending on household income and study intensity

Extra help is also available if you have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or specific learning difficulty. You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to help with any additional costs you face as a direct result of your disability.

When can I apply?

Applications for part-time undergraduate student finance will open in summer 2020.

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