If you live in Wales and remain in Wales to study, you might be eligible for the following financial assistance.

Fees

  • You won’t have to pay any tuition fees yourself before you start your course or while you are studying.
  • Your university can charge you up to £9,000 per year. If you started University after 2012 you’ll be able to apply for a non income-assessed tuition fee loan and a fee grant. The amounts vary according to the year in which you started. New students starting in 2017-18 can apply for a Fee Loan of up to £4,046 and a Fee Grant of up to £4,954.
  • In your fifth and later years your fees will be paid in full by the NHS Wales Student Awards Unit.

Living costs

For the first four years, depending on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for:

  • Welsh Government Learning Grant (up to £5,161)
  • Special Support Grant
  • Student Loan for maintenance (up to £6,922)
  • Adult Dependants’ Grant
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance
  • Childcare Grant
  • Travel Grant
  • Disabled Students’ Allowances

The Welsh Learning Government Grant offsets some of the loan – students from lower income families will receive more grant and less loan.

In the fifth and later years of your course, depending on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible to apply to the NHS Wales Students Awards Unit for living cost support:

  • NHS Bursary (including extra weeks allowance)
  • Student Loan for maintenance (up to £3,392)
  • Childcare Allowances
  • Dependants’ Allowance
  • Disabled Students’ Allowance
  • Practice Placement Expenses
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance

Many of these grants are similar to those you may have received during the first four years of your course. If you look at the NHS Wales Students Awards Unit site, you will find full information about the basic living cost support available to you.

The 2017-18 bursary amounts are as follows:

  • Non-means tested grant of £1,000
  • A means tested bursary of up to £2,643

Other financial help

  • Welsh Bursary Scheme – similar to the Access Agreement Bursaries in England (check with your university if this is available).
  • Financial Contingency Funds (check with your university if this is available).
  • University Funds – your university may have its own Hardship Funds. Check out the university’s website to see what is available.
  • Welfare benefits and Tax Credits

Studying Outside Wales

You will be entitled to the same living cost support as if you studied in Wales throughout your course but there will be differences in the amount of fees you will pay.

  • You won’t have to pay any tuition fees before you start your course or while you are studying.
  • If you start your course in 2012-13 or later you can be charged up to £9,250 per year by universities in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. To pay the fee you’ll  be able to apply for a non income-assessed tuition fee loan of up to £4,056 and a non income- assessed tuition fee grant of up to a maximum of £4,964 depending on the actual fee you are charged. For courses starting in 2013/14 you’ll be able to apply for a fee loan of £3,575 and grant of £5,425.
  • In your fifth and later years your fees will be paid in full by the NHS Wales Student Awards Unit.

What other financial help might I get?

  • Access Agreement Bursaries in England/ similar scheme in Northern Ireland (check with your university if this is available)
  • Access to Learning Fund/Financial Contingency Funds/Discretionary Funds (check with your university if this is available)
  • University Funds – your University may have its own Hardship Funds. Check out the university’s website to see what is available.

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