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Data by age, local authority, mode of study and residual income for September 2017 to August 2018.

The data, based on applications received by 31 July 2018, are correct as at 1 August 2018.

Main points

  • There was a decrease in the number of successful applications in 2017/18 compared with 2016/17. This resulted in £5.6 million being paid out in Welsh Government Learning Grants (WGLG) to further education (FE) students in 2017/18, compared to the £5.8 million that was paid out in 2016/17.
  • In total, 6,045 students in FE applied for a WGLG in 2017/18, a decrease of 3% on 2016/17. Of these 5,145 applications were successful, a decrease of 5% on 2016/17.
  • The breakdown of successful applications across full-time and part-time students favoured full-time even more than recent years. 4,760 (92%) of successful applications were from full-time students and 350 (7%) of successful applications were from part-time students.
  • Successful applications equate to 85% of applications received. This proportion has decreased slightly from 87% in 2016/17. The proportion of successful applications from full-time students remains very high at around 98%, with the corresponding figure for part-time students at 85%.
  • 3,700 (78%) of successful full-time applications and 280 (81%) 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.
  • 2,015 (42%) of successful full-time applications and 65 (19%) of successful part-time applications were from students aged 21 or under.


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