Loans and Grants

 2018/19 Funding Update

 The Welsh Government are currently reviewing the student funding package available to students, with changes expected for new starters from 2018/19. When more information about this potential change is released, we will ensure our webpages are updated immediately, so please check back in future for any updates. 

Tuition Fee Loan and Grant

Students living in Wales who are starting their studies in academic year 2017/18 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Tuition Fee Grant to cover the full cost of tuition fees (subject to terms and conditions). They can do this by applying to Student Finance Wales (SFW).

 Amount per academic year

Tuition Fee Cost


Tuition Fee Loan (Maximum)


Tuition Fee Grant (Maximum)


Tuition Fee Loan and Grant payments will be made directly to the University upon confirmation of your attendance each term, therefore no up-front payment is required.

Maintenance Loan and Grant

Funding towards a students' living costs is made up of maintenance loans and grants. The amount you are entitled to will be dependent on where you live and your household income, as demonstrated in the table below. For a more detailed estimate please use the SFW Student finance calculator.

Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan Entitlement
Household incomeWelsh Government Learning GrantMaintenance Loan - Living away from home Maintenance Loan - Living at parents' Home. 
£18,370 £5161 £4342 £2778
£25,000 £3347 £5249 £3685
£30,000 £2099 £5873 £4309
£34,000 £1142 £6351 £4787
£40,000 £734 £6555 £4991
£45,000 £393 £6726 £5162
£50,020 £50 £6897 £5333
£55,000 £0 £6073 £4509
£59,408+ £0 £5191 £4019

Students whose household income is £59,408 or above will be entitled to a Maintenance Loan which is not assessed on household income and is the minimum available to all students, as shown in the table above.

Maintenance payments are paid direct to you in 3 instalments.  Your 1st instalment will be paid after you have enrolled and collected your ID card (the subsequent 2 instalments will be paid on the 1st day of the Spring and Summer terms).

If you already have a Student Finance Wales account for the purposes of receiving EMA, it is essential that you also use this account to apply for student loans and grants. 

Partial Cancellation of Maintenance Loan

Welsh students can also apply for a one-off partial cancellation of up to £1500 on their Maintenance Loan. 

To receive this cancellation, students will have to make a minimum early repayment of £5 on their Maintenance Loan debt. The cancellation can only be applied once and is taken from the current balance that has been paid to the student. Therefore it is advisable that students wait until they have received at least £1500 of Maintenance Loan funding before making the early repayment.

For more information please visit here.

Supplementary Grants

Students with dependent children, childcare costs, adult dependents, a disability or are classed as a Care Leaver may be entitled to additional help. 

Supplementary Grants
GrantMaximum  AvailableIs it means tested?Application Form

Parental Learning Allowance (PLA)

£1557 Yes PN1

Adult Dependent Grant (ADG)

£2732 Yes PN1

Child Care Grant (CCG)

85% of costs up to a maximum of:

1 Child - £161.50/week

2+ Children - £274.55/week

Yes CCG1

Depending on a students' circumstances Disability Student's Allowance (DSA) may also be available, further advice can be obtained from our Disability@CampusLife team.

Swansea University provides further support for Care Leavers, more information can be obtained from Student Services.

Remember - There are Scholarships and Bursaries available. They are provided by Swansea University to promote excellence and widening participation. 

Please visit our dedicated webpage if you require more information about Sharia Compliant Finance.