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Wales 60+ Bursary

If you live in Wales and are aged 60 or over, you could be eligible for non-repayable funding to help with your study or living costs.

See if you’re eligible to receive up to £4,000 across the duration of your masters qualification.

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Postgraduate 60+ bursary

If you’re resident in Wales, are aged 60 or over and intend to study towards a masters degree, you could qualify for funding to help towards your study and living costs.

What can I get?

If you’re eligible, you could get up to £4,000 paid directly to you over the duration of your studies – either two or three years. It’s non-repayable, meaning you’ll never need to pay it back.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you’ll need to meet all the following criteria:

  • aged 60 or over on the first day of the seasonal academic year your masters degree begins – that means, if your first masters module begins in February, so too does your seasonal academic year
  • ordinarily resident in Wales
  • eligible to pay the Welsh fee
  • studying a new masters degree starting in the 2020/2021 academic year, which can be completed in no more than three years
  • have no credit transfer or prior study that counts towards your masters
  • not already hold a masters degree, or equivalent or higher level qualification.

How do the payments work?

You’ll be paid in instalments over two or three years, depending on how long your masters takes to complete. Payments are made directly to you, so that means they’ll only start once you’re actively studying.

The example below shows the instalments for a three-year masters starting in October. Alternative payment structures will apply to qualifications with different start dates and durations.

Year October January April Total
1 £440 £440 £440 £1,320
2 £440 £440 £440 £1,320
3 £440 £440 £480 £1,360

How do I apply for a 60+ bursary?

You’ll need to read the bursary terms and conditions in full before completing the bursary application form.

In the application form, be sure to show how you meet the eligibility criteria. It can then be submitted by post or by email to our Student Fees team. Contact details can be found on the application form.

Applications must be submitted no later than nine months after the first day of the seasonal academic year in which your masters degree begins.


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