There are many ways you can get help with the cost of studying, with lots of different grants available depending on your circumstances. For help or advice, contact Student Services at one of our campuses or call 01495 333777
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
If you’re 16 to 18 years old, living in Wales and want to continue your education after school, this could give you £30 a week, paid every two weeks if you complete a Learning Agreement with Coleg Gwent and maintain a 100% attendance record. Contact Student Services or visit Student Finance Wales for more details.
Welsh Government Learning Grant Further Education (WGLG) (FE)
This could give you up to £1,500 a year if you’re aged 19 or over, are studying a Further Education course at college, complete a Learning Agreement with us and meet the attendance and behaviour criteria. To find out more and apply, visit Student Finance Wales.
Financial Contingency Fund (FCF)
Once you’ve applied for EMA and WGLG, you may be eligible for support from this fund provided by the Welsh Government. It’s means-tested and you must be enrolled on a full-time Further Education course and have been resident in the UK or EU for at least three years immediately before starting your course. Applications have a closing date, so you should apply as soon as possible. You can download the forms here.
How can FCF help?
|Full Time Learner (12+ hrs. a week)||In care/ care leaver|
|Under 19||Over 19||19 and over|
|Bus pass cost||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Meal vouchers||Yes||No (except in special cases)||Yes|
Bus pass costs – the grant helps towards the cost of a bus pass (£10 per term) so your eligible journeys will be free.
Childcare costs – up to 90% of your childcare costs for one child up to a maximum of £45 per day are covered if your annual household income is under £18,000.
Equipment grant – the grant will pay towards the cost of buying essential equipment for your course.
Meal vouchers – if you’re 16-18, and your parents (or you) have an annual income of less than £16,190, you could get help towards the cost of college meals via meal vouchers for up to £3.60 a day.
Hardship Support – if you have extreme financial problems or your circumstances change to affect your attendance at College, you can apply for financial help through the fund. Talk to Student Services for details.
Made redundant in the last six months or facing redundancy? ReAct can help you improve your chance of returning to work by providing up to £2,500 towards the cost of vocational training courses. To apply, contact your local Careers Wales office who can help you look at your options.
David Davies Memorial Trust
If you’re 17 years old and a dependant of a South Wales coal worker/ex-coal worker, you could get a non means-tested grant of up to £300 from the David Davies Memorial Trust through the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO).
The Discretionary Assistance Fund in Wales (DAF)
DAF in Wales replaces parts of the Social Fund, which were sometimes known as ‘crisis loans’ or ‘community care grants’. It offers support through Emergency and Individual Assistance Payments. To apply, call 0800 859 5924 or click here.
Prince’s Trust Development Award
This could help you with the costs of transport, equipment or other expenses during your time at college. Find out more here.