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Os nad yw'r ddogfen dan sylw yn y Gymraeg yn barod, byddwn ni'n ei chodi i'r wefan cyn gynted ag y bo modd.

Ymddiheurwn am unrhyw anghyfleustra. I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, croeso ichi gysylltu â ni.

The Student Support section are responsible for assessing the eligibility and entitlement of all students normally resident within the area of the Authority attending Higher Education courses at colleges and universities throughout the United Kingdom.

Our primary purpose is to ensure that you receive all the assistance and advice you need to ensure your take up of higher education is as trouble free as possible.

The Student Support Section can be contacted at:

Student Support
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Bronwydd House
Porth
Mid Glamorgan
CF39 1DL

Tel 01443 680500 Ext 4261
Email:
awards@rctcbc.gov.uk||

Office Opening Times
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Alternatively you may contact the Student Finance Wales Call Centre on
0845 602 8845 (8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays).

What finance is available for 2010/11?

Help for Full-Time Higher Education Students

The following information is a brief guide on the financial support available to eligible students pursuing a designated full time course e.g. a HND or Degree or a Full Time PGCE course.

A more detailed explanation of the finance available can be found on the Student Finance Wales Website www.studentfinancewales.co.uk|| , but a brief guide is provided below.

Please note that the figures quoted relate to Students who will be starting their studies for the first time in September 2010. Renewal Students remain under the funding regime they attracted at the start of their course. Please visit the Student Finance Wales website for further information.

Depending on the total household income, personal circumstances, course type, and previous study, there are various types of financial support available to eligible students.

Please note that owing to a recent change in the Regulations, most first year students on part-time teacher training courses, starting in September 2010, will now only be eligible to apply for funding through the part-time student support package. Help available for part time Higher Education students 2010/11

Help with tuition fees

Tuition fee loan

Eligible students can choose to take out a non-income assessed tuition fee loan for every year of the course to pay their fee contribution to their University/College.

If you are studying in Wales, England or Northern Ireland a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £3,290 per year is available.

If you choose to study in Scotland a tuition fee loan of *£1,820 for all degree courses except Medicine where a tuition fee loan of up to *£2895.00 will be available. * 2009/10 figures quoted as 2010/11 figures not yet available

Please note entitlement to Tuition Fee Support may be affected if you have studied at University previously.

The Student Loans Company will pay the borrowed amount direct to the student's place of study.

Repaying your loan

Repayments by the student will usually commence the first April that the student's earnings reach the equivalent of £15,000 per annum.

Help with living costs

Maintenance loan

This loan is available for every year of the course. The loan allows eligible students to borrow money to help with every day living costs. The amount of loan available will vary however depending on where the student will live while pursuing their course, on the type of course pursued, on any amount awarded from the ALG grant, and on the total household income.

The maximum loan rates for the 2010/11 academic year are:

  • Living with parents – up to £3,673
  • Living way from home – up to £4,745
  • Living in London – up to £6,648

The amount of loan borrowed will be paid directly to the student in instalments at the start of each term.

Repaying your loan

Repayments by the student will usually commence the first April that the student's earnings reach the equivalent of £15,000 per annum.

Assembly Learning Grant

This is an income assessed grant paid to eligible students for each year of their course. For the academic year 2010/11 the Assembly Learning Grant (ALG) is currently set to a maximum of £5,000, but the entitlement to grant will depend on the students total household income.

This grant does not normally need to be repaid, but if a student does not complete the full academic year, a proportion of the ALG received will usually have to be repaid.

Please note entitlement to the Assembly learner Grant may be affected if you have studied at University previously.

Additional help for certain students

  • A Disabled Student Allowance may be available to help disabled students who incur additional costs in pursuing their course as a direct result of their disability. This support is not based on income.
  • Students with children may be eligible for a Parent Learning Allowance and a Childcare Grant to help with childcare costs – these grants are income assessed.
  • Students with an adult dependant can also apply for an income assessed Adult Dependant Grant.

Please contact us for further details of these grants.

Help for Part-Time Higher Education Students for 2010/11

The following information is a brief guide on the financial support available to eligible students pursuing a designated part-time course.

Depending on the total household income, personal circumstances, course type, and previous study, there are various types of income-assessed financial support available to eligible students. A more detailed explanation of the finance listed below, and details on how to apply, can be found on the Student Finance Wales website www.studentfinancewales.co.uk||.

Tuition Fee Grant

The amount awarded is determined according to the intensiveness of the course when compared to a full-time course.

Tuition Fee Grant
Intensity Of Course Maximum Fee Grant
50%-59% £650
60%-74% £780
75% or more £975

Course Grant

This grant is currently set at a maximum of £1,095 per year.

Part-time disabled students

A non-income assessed Disabled Student Allowance may also be available to help disabled students on designated PT courses, who incur additional course related costs as a direct result of their disability.

New provisions for Part-time students

Please note that the new Supplementary Grants introduced in 2008/09 will continue to be made available to certain eligible students pursuing designated part-time courses in 2010/11. The Supplementary Grants are all income assessed and are as follows:

  • The Adult Dependant Grant
  • Childcare Grant
  • Parent Learning Allowance

For further detailed information on the financial support available please contact us or visit the Student Finance Wales website||

Help for Further Education students (16-18 years old)

An education maintenance allowance (EMA) of up to £30 per week can be payable to students aged 16 to 18 who are attending regularly and studying in schools or colleges after school leaving age.

For further information go to: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk||

Help for Further Education students (19+ years)

Student support is available for students on full or part time courses in the form of a Welsh Assembly Learner Grant. You need to be 19 or over at the start of the academic year in order to qualify, and you must have been living in the United Kingdom for at least 3 years prior to the start of your course.

For further information, go to www.studentfinancewales.co.uk|| or telephone the Student Finance Wales contact Centre on 0845 6028845 who will be able to offer guidance and supply application forms

How to apply for full time support

There are several ways that you may apply for support. You can either:

  • Request a paper form from us by telephoning 01443 680500 Ext 4261 If you will be starting your course in September 2010 you require form PN1. If you will be starting year 2 or later you require form PR1. Completed forms should be returned to this office before 28 May 2010.
  • Download a PN1 form from www.studentfinancewales.co.uk Please ensure you download the correct form (See point 1 for details)
  • Apply on line via www.studentfinancewales.co.uk