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Welsh Government Learning Grants awarded to Welsh domiciled students in further education

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  • Release date: 27 October 2016
  • Period covered: 2015/16
  • Next update: 26 October 2017
An annual report showing data by age, local authority, mode of study and residual income.

The Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG) was introduced to encourage people aged 19 or over and living in Wales to continue with their education. Students can receive payments of up to £1,500 if they are in full-time education or up to £750 if they are in part-time education.

The data, based on applications received by 31 July 2016, are correct as at 4 October 2016.

Key points

  • There was a decrease in the number of successful applications in 2015/16 compared with 2014/15. This resulted in £6.3 million being paid out in WGLGs to Further Education (FE) students in 2015/16, compared to the £7.4 million that was paid out in 2014/15.
  • In total, 7,095 students in FE applied for a WGLG in 2015/16, a decrease of 10 per cent on 2014/15. Of these 5,990 applications were successful, a decrease of 14 per cent on 2014/15.
  • The breakdown of successful applications across full-time and part-time students varied slightly from recent years. 5,405 (90 per cent) of successful applications were from full-time students and 445 (7 per cent) of successful applications were from part-time students.
  • Successful applications(a) equate to 84 per cent of applications received. This proportion has decreased slightly from 87 per cent in 2014/15. The proportion of successful applications from full-time students remains very high at around 98 per cent, with the corresponding figure for part-time students at 90 per cent.
  • 4,145 (77 per cent) of successful full-time applications and 355 (80 per cent) of successful part-time applications were from students with a residual income of £6,120 or less, and were therefore awarded the full grant amounts of £1,500 and £750 respectively. These proportions have changed little since 2008/09, however the residual income bands have changed over time.
  • 2,285 (42 per cent) of successful full-time applications and 75 (16 per cent) of successful part-time applications were from students aged 21 or under.

Notes

(a) 140 (2 per cent) of successful applications were from students where the mode of study was ‘unknown’.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 0346
Email: post16ed.stats@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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