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 Learner 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. Check the eligibility criteria, apply to Student Finance Wales, complete an EMA Learning Agreement with Coleg Gwent and maintain a 100% attendance record.
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 and are studying a Further Education course at college. Check the eligibility criteria, apply to Student Finance Wales, complete a WGLG Learning Agreement with us and meet the attendance and behaviour criteria.
If you are having trouble downloading an EMA or WGLG application pack and would like one sent to you, please email your name, address and if you would like an EMA or WGLG pack to email@example.com.
Financial Contingency Fund (FCF)
This fund is provided by the Welsh Government and is means-tested. 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. You should apply as soon as possible. You will need to log in using your Coleg Gwent user name and password to complete the forms.
How can FCF help?
|Full Time Learner (12+ hrs. a week)|
|Under 19||Over 19|
|Bus pass cost||Yes||Yes|
|Meal vouchers||Yes||No (except in special cases)|
Bus pass costs – the grant helps towards the cost of a bus pass so your eligible journeys will be free. You are still required to pay the termly bus pass fee (£10 per term).
Childcare costs – the grant will pay 90% of your childcare costs for one child, and up to a maximum of £45 per day.
Equipment grant – the grant will pay towards the cost of buying essential equipment for your course.
Meal costs – if you’re 16-18, and either you or your Parents / Guardian are in receipt of eligible benefits you can receive a daily meal allowance to the value of £3.60 per 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 Learner Services for details.
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).
If you think you may be eligible, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Discretionary Assistance Fund in Wales (DAF)
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.