North West student Lib Dems celebrate reintroduction of student grants in Wales
The National Assembly for Wales have announced the reintroduction of grants for Welsh students in Further and
Higher Education from this September.
David Rendel MP, Liberal Democrat Higher Education Spokesperson, said:
"I congratulate my colleagues in the National Assembly in securing this significant advance for Welsh students."
"The grants for students from low-income backgrounds will improve access and encourage more students to stay on in further and higher education."
Chris Blackburn, Chair of NWLDYS added "The Lib Dems have done it again.We started in Scotland, have continued in Wales and will campaign hard for a fair system for the students of England."
As part of a £41 million package, from September 2002, students in both further and higher education will be entitled to an Assembly Learning Grant.The Learning Grant will be means tested and available to students from low-income backgrounds who have lived in Wales for at least 3 years.
The average Learning Grant will be between £700 and £800. The maximum will be £1,500.
The Learning Grant will be available to Welsh students wherever they choose to study (even if it is elsewhere in the UK).