Apply for your student finance now! 22-02-2017
Applying for university or college in 2017/18? Have you thought about how you’re going to pay for it yet? Student Finance Wales is here to help.
Student Finance Wales is a service provided by the Student Loans Company. We provide financial support on behalf of the Welsh Government to students from Wales entering higher education in the UK.
What can I get?
There’s a wide range of financial help available to support you while you study. You could get grants and bursaries (that don’t have to be paid back) and loans (which do). If you need money to pay your tuition fees, you can apply for a Fee Grant to help meet the cost of your course. This doesn’t have to be paid back.
There’s also extra help for students with a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, or students who have children or adult dependants.
You should apply now to make sure you get your money before the start of your course.
The quickest and easiest way to check your eligibility and apply is online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.
Expert advice on student finance
The Student Finance Wales website has a range of tools and step-by-step guidance to help you understand student finance – what you can get and how you can get it. These include guides on applying, repaying, Disabled Students’ Allowances and a guide for parents.
You can also watch our films for expert advice on student finance, from how you apply to how you repay.
Remember to bookmark our website www.studentfinancewales.co.uk to get instant access to our useful resources.
EU Nationals and Student Finance in Wales 11/10/2016 11-10-2016
The following statement applies to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from Student Finance Wales (SFW), and to those EU nationals who intend to begin studying in the academic year 2017/18. The Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2017 are currently being drafted and, if made, will provide support for eligible students. It is proposed that the regulations will apply to the provision of support to students, including EU Nationals or their family members, in relation to an academic year which begins on or after 1 September 2017 (‘AY 2017/18’). The regulations applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who are applying for a place at university from 1 September 2017 to study a course which attracts student support will remain unchanged from the Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2015.
EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from SFW, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from SFW for students in Wales for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes grants and loans to cover tuition fees, loans and grants for maintenance, and some other grants and allowances if a person continues to meet the eligibility requirements in respect of each element of support.
Once the usual application cycle commences in 2017 SFW will assess these applications against the eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will receive support for the duration of their study on that course if they continue to satisfy all eligibility requirements.
Students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the Student Finance Wales website, for information about the support available.
Postgraduate support in academic year (AY) 2016/17 16-09-2016
In May 2016 the Welsh Government consulted on proposals to implement a postgraduate loan scheme for Welsh students.
While it was not possible to implement a scheme in Wales for AY 2016/17 the intention is that postgraduate support should be available to Welsh students from September 2017. This is subject to appropriate regulations being brought forward.
Some universities offer a postgraduate bursary depending on the subject area. There are also educational trusts and charities that may be prepared to assist by means of small grants or loans. There are standard lists in most public reference libraries including the Educational Grants Directory.
Students could also consider a part-time option in 2016/17 which may have reduced fees.
If no other funding is available, and subject to eligibility, a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) can help to pay for course fees and any associated costs. The course provider and course has to be listed on the PCDL register. Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview or by contacting a careers adviser on 0800 100 900
Get your payment on time! What you need to know 01-09-2016
Did you know that you have register at your university or college before you can get your student finance? Maintenance Loans and Learning Grants will be paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term, with any Tuition Fee Loan and Fee Grant being paid directly to your university or college after you’ve registered.
Watch our ‘Getting Paid’ film for more information on what steps you need to take to get your student finance in time for the start of your course.
During payment dates, fraudsters often target students through phishing emails that have been designed to trick you to giving out your personal details. We’ve created a ‘Phishing’ film that explains what you can do to help keep you safe and confirms that we never ask you to give us your bank details or login information by email.
Clearing: Film and playlist for you! 11-08-2016
If you’ve already applied for student finance but have changed your course, or your university or college through Clearing, you must let us know as soon as possible as this could affect the amount of student finance you can get.
If you haven’t applied for student finance yet, you need to apply now. The sooner you apply, the sooner we’ll be able to process your application.
Our Clearing film explains what you need to do whether you’ve applied for student finance already or not.
We’ve also created a Going through Clearing? playlist to help answer any other questions you may have about student finance.
All of our films are available on our YouTube channel, youtube.com/sfwfilm.
EU Nationals and Student Finance in Wales 07-07-2016
The Welsh Government has released a press notice regarding EU students.