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Funding for college or 6th form

Find information on some of the funding options available to support you in college and sixth form.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

EMA is for young people aged 16-18, living in Wales, who want to continue their education after leaving school. If you’re eligible, you could get £40 a week, paid every two weeks. Find out more about the Education Maintenance Allowance on Student Finance Wales.

Financial Contingency Fund

Further Education Colleges in Wales have Financial Contingency Funds that help students in serious financial difficulties. They can support with study-related costs such as internet access, equipment, travel and assessment costs for diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty. To find out more, speak to the college’s Students Support or Welfare Services department.

Welsh Government Learning Grant (Further Education)

This is an income-assessed grant of up to £1,500 that aims to encourage more people to continue with their education. You can apply for this grant if you are aged 19 or over. Find out more about the Learning Grant on Student Finance Wales.

Useful information for parents/carers

If your child continues in approved education or training after their 16th birthday, your Child Benefit will continue. You’ll need to inform the Child Benefit Office of this. Find out more about Child Benefit on

MoneyHelper, from the Money and Pensions Service, can offer free and impartial money advice. Take a look at their Financial support for further education page.

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