3. Part-time undergraduates

From August 2018, eligible first time undergraduates who study part-time will receive similar support for living costs on a pro-rata basis to full-time students.The support will take the form of a combination of grants (Welsh Government Learning Grant) and loans (Maintenance Loan).

If you meet the eligibility criteria and your course starts on or after 1 August 2018  the amount of grant and loan you get will depend on the intensity of your course and your household income. The figures below are a guide to new part-time students only and show the maximum amounts you could get.

In most cases it’s easy to identify if you are a new or continuing student but there may be circumstances based on your previous learning that could have a bearing on what and how you apply. If you’re unsure whether you qualify as a new or continuing student, check your status with your University or Student Finance Wales.

You must be studying at a course intensity of at least 25% to get a grant and loan.

Course intensity Household income Maintenance Grant Maintenance Loan Total
25% £25,000 or less £1,500 £203.75 £1,703.75
25% £45,000 £769.25 £934.50 £1,703.75
25% £59,200 or more £250 £1,453.75 £1,703.75
50% £25,000 or less £3,000 £407.50 £3,407.50
50% £45,000 £1,538.50 £1,869 £3,407.50
50% £59,200 or more £500 £2,907.50 £3,407.50
75% or more £25,000 or less £4,500 £611.25 £5,111.25
75% or more £45,000 £2,307.75 £2,803.50 £5,111.25
75% or more £59,200 or more £750 £4,361.25 £5,111.25

Student Finance Wales will work out how much Maintenance Grant you could get first and what’s left will be awarded as a Maintenance Loan. Your grant and loan will be paid directly into your bank account once you have registered on your course and your attendance has been confirmed by your university or college each term.

Under the new support package, eligible part-time students studying at a course intensity of at least 25% can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to help cover the costs of their tuition fee. Your Tuition Fee Loan is paid in three instalments directly to your university or college once your attendance is confirmed.

Your study location Tuition Fee Loan available in 2019/20
If you're at a Welsh university or college or studying at the Open University £2,625
If you're at a UK university or college outside Wales £6,935
If you're at a privately funded UK university or college outside Wales £4,625

 

Most students won’t have to pay anything upfront for their course. If your university or college is charging more than the Tuition Fee Loan available you’ll have to fund the difference yourself (this may be the case for a privately funded university or college).

If you’ve been accepted on the Erasmus exchange programme you won’t be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan.

Remember grants usually don’t have to be paid back but loans including interest will. You can get more information on repayment and what interest you’ll be charged by visiting the loan repayment website.

In addition to living costs and tuition fee support you could get the following support:

Childcare Grant – you could receive a Childcare Grant as a contribution towards the cost of your childcare if you have children in registered or approved childcare and are studying at an intensity of 50% or more. You won’t qualify for this grant if either you or your partner claims the child element of Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit, Childcare Allowance from the NHS or Tax-Free Childcare from HMRC. The amount of grant you will receive will depend on the intensity of your course, up to the available maximum part-time amounts.

Parents’ Learning Allowance - you could receive help with course-related costs if you have a dependent child or children. The maximum amount you could get is £1,557 per year but this will depend on your household income and course intensity. 

Adult Dependants’ Grant - you can only apply for Adult Dependants’ Grant if you have a partner or another adult who is financially dependent on you. And you can only apply for this grant once. The maximum amount you could get is £2,732 per year but this will depend on your household income and course intensity.

Disabled Students’ Allowances - these are available to students to cover the additional study-related costs you may have as a direct result of a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty.The amount you get isn’t based on your household income. It’s based on your individual needs and your course intensity. The following table shows the types of help and the maximum amounts available for part-time study.

Allowance Maximum amount available
Non-medical helper £16,853 per year
Specialist equipment £5,657 for the whole course
General allowance £1,420 per year
Disability-related travel Reasonable spending on additional travel costs incurred as a result of your condition.

Bursaries and scholarships - some universities and colleges may offer discretionary bursaries or scholarships. You can talk to your Student Support Service to see what additional financial help may be available to you. If you’re on a course which leads to a qualification in medicine, dentistry or healthcare then you might be able to get a bursary from the National Health Service (NHS). Visit the Student Award Services website to find out further information.

Further information about the support is available on the Student Finance Wales website.

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