Lesley Griffiths Wrexham AM Radical proposals to offer Welsh students greater support


News from the office of Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

For Immediate Publication

The average Welsh student will receive £7,000 a year in grant support under new measures proposed by the Welsh Government.

Wrexham Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths has welcomed the decision to implement the radical changes to student support funding, which were highlighted within an independent review led by Professor Sir Ian Diamond and a panel of experts.

The new measures will cover full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students from 2018/19.

Under the proposals, all students will get £1,000 a year before a means-tested grant will help with living costs.

The most disadvantaged households will be entitled to the maximum level of support which stands at more than £9,000 a year for those studying full time.  Part time students will receive a proportional grant based on the amount of time they spend studying.

Students from households earning more than £59,200 will receive the basic £1,000 grant, which remains an increase of around £8,000 on current arrangements.

Under the proposed system, more than a third of Welsh students will be eligible for the maximum grant, and the average student will receive £7,000 a year in maintenance support.  This will be paid to students on a monthly basis and could be spent on living costs or put towards the cost of their tuition, depending on the individual need.

Lesley Griffiths AM

“Nobody should be put off from going to university because of financial factors and I believe this innovative, progressive and flexible new system will benefit students, both in Wrexham and across Wales.”

“It is estimated 70% of all students will receive some means-tested grant support on top of the £1,000 universal grant, and with the focus shifting towards the cost of living, it will widen access to higher education, resulting in full-time and part-time students having more money for day-to-day expenses.”