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If you’re aged between 16 and 18 you usually won’t have to pay tuition fees. You may also be eligible for: 

FCF supports students who are:

  • in financial difficulty 
  • likely to leave their education. 

Further information is available from your local college who run the scheme.

If you’re over 19 you might need to pay tuition fees. Most FE colleges offer free or discounted tuition to:

  • learners from low income families
  • disabled learners
  • learners on benefits

You may also be eligible for a Welsh Government Learning Grant

Jobseeker’s Allowance

You might qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance if you: 

  • are studying for less than 16 hours a week
  • can show that you are available for work

Contact your local Jobcentre Plus to find out more. 

Professional and career development loan

You can apply for a professional and career development loan if you are:

  • 18 or over
  • don’t qualify for any other support 
  • studying a vocational course that will help your career

You can borrow anything between £300 and £10,000 to cover: 

  • up to 80% of your course fees or 100% if you’ve been out of work for three months or more
  • the costs of books and other learning materials

The Government pays the interest while you’re learning. You start repaying the loan when you finish. 

To find out more call 0800 100 900 or see

Transport costs

Apply for free or subsidised travel during your course.


You may be able to receive help with the cost of childcare while you are studying.  Contact your school or college for more information.

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