Financial Support for part-time HE students

Financial Support for part-time HE students

Tuition Fee Support

New Students and Continuing Students who began their course on or after September 2014

Students studying in Wales can apply for a non-means tested fee loan of up to £2,625 to cover their annual fees. Students need to be studying at a minimum 25% intensity to be eligible e.g. a full-time student completes a Foundation Degree in 2 years, therefore a part-time student would need to complete the course in no more than 8 years.

Maintenance (Living Costs) Support

All Students

The Course Grant is a means tested grant of up to £1,155 to cover books, travel and other such costs that could be incurred when learning. The grant does not have to be repaid. To be eligible students need to be studying at a minimum 50% intensity. The table below shows how different income levels will affect the amount of grant you get based on a single student with no children. The income thresholds for students with partners and those with children are higher.



Amount of Course Grant

 Up to £26,095


 £26,096 to £28,180

 Partial Grant

 £28,181 and above

 No Grant

Other Financial Support:

• Adult Dependent’s Grant (ADG)
• Childcare Grant (CCG)
• Parents' Learning Allowance (PLA)
• Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA)

More information on this additional financial support can be found on the Student Finance Wales website.

Eligibility for Financial Support

Eligibility is dependent on where you live, whether you’ve studied a HE course and received support before and the type of course you’re doing:

Where you live

Students need to be either a UK national or have “settled status”. Students should be normally living in Wales on the first day of their course and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course and not for the purposes of full-time education. European Students may also be eligible for support and you can find more information on the Student Finance Wales website.

Personal Eligibility

You can be a new or continuing student, as long as you don’t already have a degree, with the exception of those students wishing to study a part-time PGCE.

Course Type

The course must lead to a recognised Higher Education course e.g. a Degree, Foundation Degree, a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education or a Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D) or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

How to Apply

All applications are made to Student Finance Wales. 2016-17 application forms are available to download now via the Student Finance Wales website. New part-time students starting a course in 2016/17 need to complete a PTL1 form. Continuing students need to complete a PTLC form.