Loans and Grants

The funding arrangements for Welsh students are due to change from 2018/19. At present, we do not have definitive guidance but have provided as much detail as possible below.

Tuition Fee Loan

Students living in Wales who are starting their studies at Swansea University in academic year 2018/19 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan 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 Loan payments are made directly to the University upon confirmation of your attendance each term, therefore no up-front payment is required.

Maintenance Loan and Welsh Government Learning Grant

From 2018/19, all students living away from home will be entitled to £8,100 towards there maintenance costs, and all student living in the parental home will be entitled to £6885. These awards will be made up of both Maintenance Loans and Grants.

All students will be entitled to a minimum grant of £1000, and potentially more depending on household income.

The grant award will then be topped up with a loan to a maximum support of £8,100 (or £6,885) to ensure all students receive the same amount of funding towards their living costs.



Maintenance Grant Amount

Maintenance Loan – living away from home

Total Maintenance Support per year

Highest Grant Amount (Low Household Income)




Middle Income

Sliding scale between £1000 and £8100

Sliding scale between £0 and £7100


Lowest Grant Amount (High Household Income)





Maintenance payments are paid directly 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).

Partial Cancellation of Maintenance Loan

Welsh funded 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 towards 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.

Supplementary Grants

We are still awaiting definitive details of the Supplementary Grant details for 2018/19, the details below outline the funding available in 2017/18.

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

If you have further additional circumstances, there may be additional support and funding available. For more information please visit our Students With Additional Considerations webpage. 

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

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