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

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  • Release date: 26 October 2017
  • Period covered: 2016/17
  • Next update: 25 October 2018
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 2017, are correct as at 2 August 2017.

Key points

  • There was a decrease in the number of successful applications in 2016/17 compared with 2015/16. This resulted in £5.8 million being paid out in WGLGs to further education (FE) students in 2016/17, compared to the £6.3 million that was paid out in 2015/16.
  • In total, 6,200 students in FE applied for a WGLG in 2016/17, a decrease of over 12 per cent on 2015/16. Of these 5,395 applications were successful, a decrease of 10 per cent on 2015/16.
  • The breakdown of successful applications across full-time and part-time students favoured full-time even more than recent years. 4,935 (92 per cent) of successful applications were from full-time students and 365 (7 per cent) of successful applications were from part-time students.
  • Successful applications equate to 87 per cent of applications received. This proportion has increased slightly from 84 per cent in 2015/16. 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 87 per cent.
  • 3,795 (77 per cent) of successful full-time applications and 285 (79 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.
  • 2,130 (43 per cent) of successful full-time applications and 50 (14 per cent) of successful part-time applications were from students aged 21 or under.

Contact

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

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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