Full Time Students

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If you are a full time student aged 16-18, there is a range of support available to you. The range of financial support depends on your circumstances and what and where you are studying.

If you are living in Wales, you may be eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). If you are 19 or over you may be eligible for a Welsh Government Learning Grant. You may also be eligible for the Financial Contingency Fund (FCF).

If you live outside of Wales you can find funding information by visiting the below:

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
The Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Wales is for full-time students aged 16 to 18 years who live in Wales. Eligible students receive allowances of £30 per week.

Before you apply for EMA there are few things you will need to check to make sure you qualify:

  • Date of Birth - you must be 16-18 years old on the first day of your course

  • Course - you must be studying at a participating school or college on an ‘eligible’ course

  • Household Income - this must be below a certain level to receive EMA

  • Nationality and Residency – If you are a UK citizen living in Wales you should be eligible for EMA

  • Apply by picking up an Application pack from Student Services or by downloading an application form from the Student Finance Wales website


Welsh Government Learning Grant
The Welsh Government Learning Grant is for students aged 19 and over on full-time or part-time courses over 275 hours per year and who live in Wales. It is an income-assessed grant of up to £1,500 that aims to encourage more people to continue with their education, where otherwise this may not be possible.
Apply by picking up an Application pack from Student Services or by downloading an application form from the Student Finance Wales website.

Financial Contingency Fund (FCF)
The Financial Contingency Fund (FCF) is for full-time and part-time students aged 16 or over who may have difficulties in completing their course because of financial restrictions. The funds can assist with costs of study such as childcare and equipment.

Eligible students need to:

  • Be 16 or over on the first day of their course

  • Hold UK/EU/EEA nationality with at least 3 years continued residency in UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland

  • Hold Refugee, EU Temporary Protection or Humanitarian protection Status

  • Have a family income of less than £20,817 per annum

  • Apply by picking up an Application Form from Student Services

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Higher Education Students

Higher Education students can get access to a variety of financial support. The Student Loans Company offer loans and grants for studying higher education courses at Coleg Cambria. Eligibility depends on the course type and where you live.

In summary:

  • Foundation degrees and degrees have fees which can be funded by Tuition Fee loans

  • Higher Apprenticeships are usually funded by the Welsh Government

  • Professional courses may be funded by your employer, by you or by European projects


HE Bursaries
Coleg Cambria offers a £1000 bursary payment to students who are progressing from Coleg Cambria (i.e. level 3 and Access to HE) to one of the following courses:

  • FdA Childhood Studies

  • FdA Education (Learner Support)

  • FdA Education (Special Educational Needs)


The bursary is paid in two £500 instalments:

  • Year 1, at the end of Semester 2

  • Year 2, at the end of Semester 2


In order for the bursary to be administered the following stipulations must be adhered to:

  • Confirmation has been received from the University that the course fees have been paid to date

  • The student has an attendance percentage of over 90%

  • All student work is up to date (confirmed by the Programme Leader)


More information on this additional financial support can be found on the Student Finance Wales and Student Loans Company websites.
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Part Time Students

Part time students studying in Wales can apply for a range of financial support including:

  • Adult Dependants Grant (ADG)

  • Childcare Grant (CCG)

  • Parents' Learning Allowance (PLA)

  • Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)


More information on this additional financial support can be found on the Student Finance Wales website.
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How To Apply

International Students

If you are not a UK citizen you may still be eligible for the Welsh Government Learning Grant. Visit Student Finance Wales for more information.

International students can also find financial advice at UKCISA

For more information email our international advisors directly at internationaloffice@cambria.ac.uk
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Student Finance Explained - 2020 to 2021

How to Apply for Student Finance - 2020 to 2021

Part Time Course Fees

Fees shown next to part time courses cover up to the first year of study only. For two or three year courses, the same fee will be payable again at the start of your second and third year of study. You will need proof at enrolment if your company is paying your course fee.

Direct debits
We offer payment via direct debit if your course cost is over £200. You will be eligible to pay half upfront and then spread out the remaining cost over 3 months

Are you aged under 16?

Due to the way our courses are supported by Government funding, we may have to charge an additional fee on courses to students under 16 years old on 1st Sept 2020. For safeguarding purposes, a parent or guardian will need to accompany under 16’s to classes and will need to pay the standard course fee.

Some Adult and Community Learning courses may be eligible for concessions.

For more information please contact Student Services or view our Fees Policy.
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