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Fees and financial support

Financial Support at Coleg Gwent, South Wales


By taking a Higher Education course, you’re investing in your future, whether that’s in terms of time or tuition fees. But it may cost less than you think if you’re eligible for financial support.

 

Fees

 

Courses accredited by the University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Aberystwyth University

Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs accredited by the University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Aberystwyth University are £7,500 per year*. 

 

Courses accredited by the University of Worcester

Foundation Degrees accredited by this university are £9,250 per year*

 

Courses accredited by Pearson

Courses accredited by Pearson have different fees dependent on the nature of the qualification. If you require any further information please contact the Admissions team on 01495 333777.

 

Part Time

The fees for part time courses vary depending on the programme of study (See our Fee Policy).

 

PcET (Post Compulsory Education and Training)

For 2019-20 the fees per 20 Credits are £875 – you would usually study 60 credits per academic year. (2020-21 fee details are pending)

 

Additional costs

Your course may have other costs which may be mandatory or optional. These are in addition to tuition fees and need to be paid by you so you can fully participate and complete your programme of study. Covering such things as equipment, trips, placements and DBS checks, each programme has different additional costs which are outlined in the course information on our website.

 

 

 

Financial Support

For full-time HE students

You have a range of financial support available for the duration of your course, including loans (which you have to pay back) and grants/bursaries (which you don’t). What support you’re eligible for depends on your course, where you’re studying, your household income and where you live.

Important information

  • Universities and Colleges can charge a maximum of £9,250 per year in tuition fees. Students studying their first HE course who normally live in Wales can get a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £9,250. The tuition fee loan isn’t based on your household income.
  • In addition to the tuition fee loan you can get maintenance support (help with living costs). Eligible students living away from home (outside London) can get £9,225 per year, made up of a mix of grant and loan. The amount of grant you’ll get depends on your household income (see the examples below).
  • The majority of students won’t pay anything up front.
  • Students don’t have to pay anything back until they’re employed and earning over £25,000.
  • If you’ve studied a HE course before, it’s important that you understand it might affect your eligibility for support. For details, refer to www.studentfinancewales.co.uk and the section on Previous Study Rules.
  • The table below shows how household income determines the amount of maintenance grant you may get. All students get a minimum of £1,000 with a loan available to top you up to the full amount.

 

Household income

Living with your parents

Living away from home, studying outside London

Living away from home, studying in London

Grant

Loan

Grant

Loan

Grant

Loan

£18,370 or less

£6,885

£955

£8,100

£1,125

£10,124

£1,406

£25,000

£5,930

£1,910

£6,947

£2,278

£8,643

£2,887

£35,000

£4,488

£3,352

£5,208

£4,017

£6,408

£5,122

£45,000

£3,047

£4,793

£3,469

£5,756

£4,174

£7,356

£59,200 or more

£1,000

£6,840

£1,000

£8,225

£1,000

£10,530

Total

£7,840

£9,225

£11,530

 

What do I do next?

Full details of all financial support and how to apply can be found on the Student Finance Wales website www.studentfinancewales.co.uk Students normally living in Wales will be able to apply for support online from March 2019 onwards.

 

Living outside Wales?

If you’re a student living outside Wales, you’ll find information on funding and application processes via the following links:

  • Students who normally live in England: UK Student Finance
  • Students who normally live in Scotland: SAAS
  • Students who normally live in Northern Ireland: Student Finance NI
  • International students can find information here: UKCISA

 

 

Other Financial Support

You may get extra funding if you have adults or children who are financially dependent on you, which can include:

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

 

Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSAs)

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available if you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs are grants to help pay the essential extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability. You must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010 and provide evidence of your difficulty/disability directly to Student Finance Wales.

 

You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances by completing the DSA1 Form on the Student Finance Wales website, where you’ll also find more information on finance and the financial support available.

 

 

For part-time HE students

 

Tuition Fee Support

Anyone studying in Wales can apply for a non-means tested fee loan of up to £2,625 to cover their annual fees. To be eligible you need to be studying at a minimum 25% intensity, e.g. a full-time student completes 120 credits in one year, so a part-time student would need to complete a minimum of 30 credits per year.

 

Maintenance (Living Costs) Support

You can apply for annual living costs support for up to a maximum of £5,111.25, which is a combination of grant (which you don’t pay back) and loan (which you do). The amount of grant and loan you’re awarded will depend on the number of hours you’ll be studying (known as the intensity of study) and your household income.

 

Examples of the amounts of grant and loan available at different levels of household income and study intensity can be seen on the table below.

 

Income (£)

Welsh Government Learning Grant or Special Support Grant (£)

Maintenance Loan (£)

Total Grant Plus Loan (£)

Studying at 75% intensity

25,000

4,500.00

611.25

5,111.25

30,000

3,952.50

1,158.75

5,111.25

35,000

3,404.25

1,707.00

5,111.25

40,000

2,856.00

2,255.25

5,111.25

45,000

2,307.75

2,803.50

5,111.25

50,000

1,759.50

3,351.75

5,111.25

55,000

1,211.25

3,900.00

5,111.25

59,200

750.00

4,361.25

5,111.25

 

 

Income (£)

Welsh Government Learning Grant or Special Support Grant (£)

Maintenance Loan (£)

Total Grant Plus Loan (£)

Studying at 50% intensity

25,000

3,000.00

407.50

3,407.50

30,000

2,635.00

772.50

3,407.50

35,000

2,269.50

1,138.00

3,407.50

40,000

1,904.00

1,503.50

3,407.50

45,000

1,538.50

1,869.00

3,407.50

50,000

1,173.00

2,234.50

3,407.50

55,000

807.50

2,600.00

3,407.50

59,200

500.00

2,907.50

3,407.50

 

Other Financial Support

You may get extra funding if you have adults or children who are financially dependent on you, which can include:

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

 

Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSAs)

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available if you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs are grants to help pay the essential extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability. You must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010 and provide evidence of your difficulty/disability directly to Student Finance Wales.

 

You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances by completing the DSA1 Form on the Student Finance Wales website, where you’ll also find more information on finance and the financial support available.

 

 

Eligibility

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

 

  1. Where you live

Students need to be either a UK national or have ‘settled status’. You should be normally living in Wales on the first day of your course and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years prior to that, not for the purposes of full-time education. European Students are only eligible for tuition fee support and are unable to get living costs, dependent’s grants or DSA support. For more information see the Student Finance Wales website.

 

  1. Personal Eligibility

If you already have a degree you won’t be eligible, with the exception of students who want to study a part-time PGCE. 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 a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).


What do I do next? How to apply

All applications need to be made via the Student Finance Wales website. You can either apply online or download an application form when the system opens for part-time applications, usually around May/June.


ELCAS Scheme

MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.

  Terms and Conditions


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