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Financial Support

There are several options for those who might need financial support whilst learning. We have outlined these below and described how to apply. Applications should be made to the relevant body but if you need any help or advice with this, talk to us on 03300 580845

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Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Education Maintenance Allowance is a weekly allowance of £30 (paid every two weeks) to help you with further education living costs.

Age range: 16-18

Eligibility requirements: You must be living in a household where the income is £20,817 or below if you are the only young person in the household, or £23,077 or below if there are other young people living there. You must also meet the nationality and residency criteria.

Course requirements: Your course must be Level 3 or below, and run for at least 12 guided hours per week for 10 weeks or more.

How to apply: Visit the Student Finance Wales website to apply.

Student Finance Wales

 

Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG)

The Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG) is a grant of up to £1,500 (paid in instalments once a term) which aims to encourage more people to continue with their education.

Age range: 19+

Eligibility requirements: Your household income must be £18,370 or less. You must also meet the nationality and residency criteria.

Course requirements: Your course must lead to a nationally recognised qualification and be at least 275 hours in length.

How to apply: Visit the Student Finance Wales website to apply.

Visit the Student Finance Wales website for more information about EMA, WGLG, and other grants and loans available.

Student Finance Wales

 

Financial Contingency Fund (FCF)

The Financial Contingency Fund (FCF) can help with the costs associated with your learning if you are facing financial hardship or difficulties.

Age range: There are no age restrictions on this funding.

Eligibility requirements: Your household income must be:

  • £16,380 or below in households with no children
  • £20,818 or below in households with one child
  • £23,077 or below in households with two or more children.

Course requirements: There are no course requirements for this funding.

How to apply: Request an FCF application form from your tutor and once the form has been completed, ask your tutor or a Curriculum Delivery Officer (CDO) to check your evidence. They must then sign to show that you are receiving one or more of the benefits or concessions listed on the form.

If you are not receiving any of these benefits, but are facing financial hardship, please fill in an Income/Outgoings form and provide two forms of evidence with it.
Please return all completed forms to learner.services@adultlearning.wales.

Please be aware that this funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed where each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

Additional Learning Support funding is available to support learners with learning difficulties and/or learning disabilities, by providing human or technical support.

Age range: There are no age restrictions on this funding.

Eligibility requirements: This funding is available for anyone who needs it. However, it cannot be used for basic skills support or to provide learners with financial support.

Course requirements: There are no course requirements for this funding.

How to apply: Request a Learner Contract form from your tutor and once the form has been completed ask your tutor or Curriculum Delivery Officer to sign it. Return your completed form to learner.services@adultlearning.wales. Evidence must be attached to the application, which can include:

  • A medical certificate
  • A professional assessment
  • An assessment of individual learning need form
 

Not eligible for any financial support?

Please contact your tutor to discuss how to ease the pressure on your finances. You can also contact us with any enquiries.

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