Student services is the first contact point for information, support and advice on anything from careers advice to financial assistance. Our specialist student support staff are available at Llwyn y Bryn, Tycoch and Gorseinon campuses.
We provide specialist support for students with additional learning needs or disabilities. We can also apply for funding if you require specialist equipment.
Funding can be complicated and there’s a lot to get your head around. Hopefully the information below will give you all the information you need.
Am I eligible for funding?
If you are a UK or EU citizen who will be studying further education at the college on a full time basis (15+ hours a week) then you do not need to pay tuition fees, however all full-time students will need to pay a one-off registration fee upon joining the college. On some courses, e.g. hairdressing, catering or arts, there may be additional costs for specialist equipment or clothing. Details will be given during the application and enrolment process.
If you are joining the college on a part time basis, you will be required to pay tuition fees. It is recommended that you seek guidance from your course co-ordinator before enrolling to ensure you have all of the information about fees involved in your chosen course. For example, students studying a professional qualification run by a chartered organisation will be required to pay a fee for each exam they undertake, so it's best to get all the facts before making your decision.
For individual course fees of £100 or more, you can apply to pay in instalments (a £10 administration fee is charged for this).
There are tuition fees for International students.
Am I eligible for any financial support?
At the college we understand that everyone's circumstances are different, so we aim to make it as easy as possible for people to study their chosen course, even if this means you may have to find some additional funds to cover costs for equipment or learning materials. There is a range of financial assistance available for students studying at the college.
Educational Maintenance Allowance [EMA]
An EMA grant can help with course costs including books, travel or equipment. For more information, visit the EMA website or contact the college at Tycoch on 01792 284000 or Gorseinon on 01792 890700.
If you need help filling in your EMA form, please refer to our guidance notes.
Financial Contingency Fund [FCF]
The FCF is a hardship fund that is open to all full time students. The fund can help to support essential course related costs such as course equipment, childcare, CRB checks and transport. The FCF is means tested on household income. Funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will need to provide proof of household income and if applicable, proof of your residential status.
The College’s Financial Contingency Fund (FCF) opens on Wednesday 3 June 2020. Please complete the application form and follow the instructions to submit.
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If you need help filling in your FCF form, please refer to our guidance notes.
Welsh Government Learning Grant for FE (WGLG)
An WGLG is a grant paid termly to students aged 19 years or over studying full time or part time courses. The WGLG can help students with course costs including books, travel or equipment. Apply for WGLG.
Finding all of the funds to cover part time tuition fees can sometimes be tricky too, so we offer a number of different options for students to access funding that will support them along the way. Some courses have discounts available for learners in receipt of the following benefits: Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Job Seekers Allowance; Incapacity Benefit; Severe Disablement Benefit; Pension Credits; Council Tax Benefit; Housing Benefit. Proof of benefits must be shown at enrolment. Discounts are also available to UK or EU learners under the age of 19 or students still in full time education. However, students will not be entitled to this discount if they are already studying the same course at another education institution.
If you need help filling in your WGLG form, please refer to our guidance notes.
What other funding streams are available?
The Redundancy Action Scheme II (ReAct II) is a programme of funding for training provided by the Welsh Government for people living in Wales who are facing redundancy.
ELCAS - Enhanced Learning Credits
This is an initiative of the Ministry of Defence to promote lifelong learning among members of the Armed Forces.
Skills for Industry
The Skills for Industry project assists employers and enterprises in adapting to economic change by raising the skills levels and qualifications of their employees.
Do I need to pay for a DBS check?
At interview you will have been told if you need a DBS check (previously CRB) to go out on a structured work placement as part of your course. The check will cost £44, this is subject to change (you can apply for FCF funding to cover the cost.) If you do not have a DBS check you won't be able to complete your course.
Full time students are currently offered a subsidised bus pass.
At Tycoch, Kingsway and Llwyn y Bryn students can purchase a First Cymru Bus Pass. This pass can be used to get to and from college and can also be used on evenings and weekends in the Swansea and Neath area on First Cymru buses.
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