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  • Release date: 29 November 2017
  • Period covered: 2017/18 (provisional)
An annual report produced by the Student Loans Company (SLC), showing information by type of support.

Key results for academic year 2016/17 (final)

  • 63,800 student support scheme students in Wales were receiving support in 2016/17.
  • The final amount of student support awarded in 2016/17 was £848.9m, an increase of 6 per cent on 2015/16.
  • A total of £127.7m was awarded in Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG), a decrease of 1 per cent on 2015/16.
  • 57,400 students were paid Maintenance Loans, which amounted to £238.6m, compared to 56,300 students paid £197m in 2015/16.
  • Higher Education (HE) Institutions were paid Tuition Fee Loans amounting to £211.3m, on behalf of 56,300 students domiciled in Wales and EU domiciled students studying in Wales.
  • £267.1m of Tuition Fee Grant was paid.

Key results for 2017/18, two months into the academic year (provisional)

  • Early figures show that, two months into the 2017/18 academic year (i.e. by mid November 2017), 61,500 students have been awarded £911.9m of student support. The number of students remained about the same but there was an increase of 6 per cent in the amount awarded compared with final 2016/17 figures.
  • The total amount of WGLG awarded so far is £126.2m.
  • For those applicants entering HE from 2012/13, 34 per cent have been awarded full WGLG support and 27 per cent have been awarded partial WGLG support so far.
  • 55,300 applicants were awarded Maintenance Loans, amounting to £269.7m so far.
  • 57,100 applicants were awarded Tuition Fee Loans, amounting to £229.5m so far.
  • This year marks the start of the awarding of Postgraduate Loans. 3,000 students were awarded Postgraduate Loans, amounting to £8.7m so far. Those students have requested payments for 2017/18 of £26.1m in total.

Latest loan take-up rates, for academic year 2015/16

  • An estimated 96.7 per cent of eligible students took out a Maintenance Loan.
  • An estimated 97.1 per cent of eligible students took out a Tuition Fee Loan.


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