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Welsh Assembly Grants for Students

Updated February 21, 2017

Higher education can prove to be an expensive pursuit, but in Wales the National Assembly has attempted to ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend a college or university. There are three grants that are available to students who require support.

Assembly Learning Grant

This grant allows students living in Wales to claim financial support if they are part of a low-income family, or if they are in a position where going on to further education could place them in financial difficulties.

Unlike a student loan, this grant will never have to be paid back, and if you are claiming benefits, the grant does not count toward your total income, which could distort the amount of benefits you receive.

Eligible students attending a full-time course can claim £975. This will be paid in three instalments--one at the beginning of each term.

Student Finance Wales FE Admail 3965 Colwyn Bay, Wales LL28 4ZW 011-44-845-602-8845 http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk http://wales.gov.uk/funding

Welsh National Bursary

The Welsh National Bursary is implemented by the individual colleges or universities. It is designed for those students who are considered to need extra financial help in addition to a student loan or the Assembly Learning Grant.

All bursary applications are means-tested, meaning the amount you receive is wholly dependent on your income, family situation and family income.

Student Finance Wales FE Admail 3965 Colwyn Bay, Wales LL28 4ZW 011-44-845-602-8845 http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk http://wales.gov.uk/funding

Special Support Grant

For students in need of real financial support, the Assembly can implement the Special Support Grant. This can amount to more than £2,800 and is completely non-repayable. Acceptance will be means-tested and dependent on your personal financial situation and household income.

Application for the Special Support Grant means you are not allowed to receive the Assembly Learning Grant.

Student Finance Wales FE Admail 3965 Colwyn Bay, Wales LL28 4ZW 011-44-845-602-8845 http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk http://wales.gov.uk/funding

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Alan Temple has been writing since 2007 and has published articles for "The Scotsman" and "The List." He now works in the media department of Motherwell Football Club. Temple graduated with honors with a journalism degree at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.