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  1. SFW part-time grant students can now apply! 10-07-2017

    SFW part-time grant students can now apply for their student finance for academic year 2017/18.

    Continuing students who started their course on or before 1 September 2012 can apply now. New and continuing students who started their course on or after 1 September 2012 can also apply now.

    To help you explain what they can get and how to apply, we’ve got a range of resources, including:

    The quickest and easiest way for students to apply is at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

    For up-to-date information students should bookmark our website: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

    They can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for news alerts.

  2. New postgraduate students can apply for a Postgraduate Loan now! 12-06-2017

    Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course from 1 August 2017 can apply for a Postgraduate Loan now!

    The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

    Encourage them to apply as soon as possible to make sure they get their money in time for the start of their course. They don’t need a confirmed place at university – they can use their preferred choice and simply change the details later if they need to.

    More information

    We’ve created a range of resources for you and your students that give more information about what they can get, how they apply and what evidence they need to complete their application. These are available in the Resources’ section.

    You and your students can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our films on YouTube.

  3. Press release: Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019 21-04-2017

    The Welsh Government has confirmed that students from the EU will be eligible for financial support in the 2018/19 academic year when studying in Wales. Kirsty Williams, AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education said 'I am pleased to confirm that support will continue to be available for EU students. Wales has an internationally renowned higher education sector and it is vital that we continue to attract bright students from around the world to study and research at our universities'.

  4. New SFW Postgraduate Loan resources available now! 13-03-2017

    We’ve created a range of resources to help you explain the new Postgraduate Loan to students in Wales thinking about starting a postgraduate Master’s course from August 2017.

    For your students we’ve produced three films that explain what they can get, how to apply and what, when and how they’ll repay. These can be shared on your social media channels or embedded on your website. They’re available in a handy playlist or as individual films.

    Students should visit our website for more information.

    For you we’ve created three factsheets that explain who is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan, how they apply and how and when they’ll repay their loan. These are available in the resources section of the practitioner website.

    You can also find information on the Postgraduate Loan in the products section of this website.

    Finally, please remember to bookmark this site and check back soon as we’ll be adding more information closer to the application launch.

  5. Student finance for 2017/18 – it's time for students to apply 22-02-2017

    Students applying for university or college courses in 2017/18 should apply for their student finance now.

    They don’t need to have a confirmed place at university or college – they can use their preferred choice of course and change it later.

    Encourage your students to apply now to make sure their money is ready at the start of their course. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

    Expert advice on student finance

    The Student Finance Wales website has a dedicated area for practitioners that offers a range of resources to help you give students expert advice about the options available to them.

    These include:

    • factsheets to tell you everything you need to know about student finance;
    • quick guides you can download and share with your students and their parents;
    • detailed guides that are designed to help students in all circumstances;
    • presentations to use in the classroom or at any other planned events;
    • a series of helpful films to share on your website or social media channels to explain what student finance is available, how to apply and repay.

    Remember to bookmark our website to access the latest information and resources.

    www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/practitioners

    Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive regular updates. Watch our films on YouTube

  6. New SFW 2017/18 resources available now! 11-01-2017

    Looking for student finance information for academic year 2017/18? Our latest range of resources is available online now!

    To help you give the most accurate and up-to-date information about student finance, we’ve got:

    • factsheets factsheets covering the key points you’ll want to share with your students, from applying to the repayment process,
    • ready-made presentations for you to use when talking to students and their parents,
    • quick guides highlighting essential information to download and handout, and
    • films that can be shared on your website or social media channels.

    You’ll find all of these in the resources section of our website.  We’ll be adding more resources soon, so make sure you bookmark our website and keep checking back.

  7. Festive Holiday Opening Hours 22-12-2016

    Our contact centre opening hours over the holiday period will be as follows:

    Friday 23 December 08:00 – 13:00
    Saturday 24 December Closed
    Sunday 25 December Closed
    Monday 26 December Closed
    Tuesday 27 December Closed
    Wednesday 28 December 08:00 – 18:00
    Thursday 29 December 08:00 – 18:00
    Friday 30 December 08:00 – 13:00
    Saturday 31 December Closed
    Sunday 1 January Closed
    Monday 2 January Closed
    Tuesday 3 January onwards: return to normal hours
        

  8. SFW 2017/18 - Our popular free printed quick guides are available to pre order now! 16-11-2016

    Help your students get ready for AY 2017/18 with our free printed quick guides

    Covering everything from the application process to information on how and when students will repay, our handy quick guides provide high-level information on the 2017/18 student finance package, making them ideal for sharing with prospective students and their parents at your open days and any other planned events.  You can now pre order the following quick guides:

         
    • Student finance – key facts and figures gives detailed information about the amount of student finance available to students in AY 2017/18.
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    • How to apply and repay - a handy twin pack explaining how to apply for student finance and how and when to repay.
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    • Student finance explained for parents - explains what students can get and how they apply and repay.
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    • Disabled Students’ Allowances - explains the extra help available to students with a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
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    • Dependants’ Grants - explains the extra help available to students who have children or an adult who depends on them.

    It can take up to two weeks for your quick guides to be delivered to your schools, universities and colleges.  These were so popular last year than we ran out of stock early so take advantage and pre-order your quick guides today! There are also online versions available to download.

    The resources section of the practitioner website will be updated regularly with new information and resources, so check back often.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. SFW payment film available now! 01-09-2016

    It’s important that students know what they need to do to make sure they get their student finance in time for the start of their course. 

    All maintenance loans and grants are paid directly into the student’s bank account, but only after they’ve registered at their university or college.  Tuition fee loans and grants will be paid directly to their university or college. 

    Watch and share our 'Getting Paid’ film.

    Beware of phishing scams!

    Fraudsters often target students around payment dates at the start of term and we want to help students look out for potentially fraudulent emails claiming to be from Student Finance Wales.  

    Students should know that we would never ask them to give us their bank details or login information by email.  

    Please share our Phishing film and keep our students safe! 

  12. Clearing: Film and playlist for students 10-08-2016

    We've created new a film and new playlist covering key messages for students applying for university or college through Clearing and needing to sort out their student finance.

    Our Clearing film explains what students need to do whether they’ve applied for student finance already or not.

    We’ve also created a Going through Clearing? playlist to help answer any other questions your students may have about student finance.

    Use the code to embed the film on your website.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flnR2-3xj9E&list=PLbRuPgpyODof1UPGf6EAQGhAIRfrPchjs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    All of our films are available in our 2016/17 Resources or on our YouTube channel, youtube.com/sfwfilm.

  13. SFW part-time loan students can now apply! 16-05-2016

    SFW part-time loans students can now apply for their student finance for academic year 2016/17.

    New and continuing students who started their course on or after 1 September 2012 can apply now. Continuing students who started their course before 1 September 2012 can apply from early July.

    To help you explain what they can get and how to apply, we’ve got a range of resources, including:

    The quickest and easiest way for students to apply is online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    For up-to-date information students should bookmark our website: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    They can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for news alerts.

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    YouTube

  14. Student finance for 2016/17 – it's time for students to apply 29-02-2016

    Students applying for university or college courses in 2016/17 should apply for their student finance now.

    They don’t need to have a confirmed place at university or college – they can use their preferred choice of course and change it later.

    Encourage your students to apply now to make sure their money is available at the start of their course. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    Expert advice on student finance

    The Student Finance Wales website has a dedicated area for practitioners that offers a range of resources for you to help you give students expert advice about the options available to them.

    These include:

    • factsheets to tell you everything you need to know about student finance;
    • quick guides you can download and share with your students and their parents;
    • detailed guides that are designed to help students in all circumstances;
    • presentations to use in the classroom or at any other planned events;
    • A series of helpful films to use in the classroom or on your website to explain what student finance is available and how to apply.

    Watch our film to find out what else our practitioner website has to offer.

    Remember to bookmark our website to access the latest information and resources.

    www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/practitioners

    Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive regular updates.

    Watch our films on YouTube.

  15. SFW 2016/17 printed quick guides available to pre order now! 24-11-2015

    Our popular, free printed quick guides are back and available to pre order now! Covering everything from the application process to information about repayment, they’re ideal for sharing with prospective students and their parents when you’re talking about student finance.

    We’ve got:

    •         a handy twin pack explaining how to apply for student finance and what how and when to repay
    •         Student finance explained
    •         Student finance explained for parents
    •         Disabled Students’ Allowances – to explain the extra help available to students with a disability - including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
    •         Dependants’ Grants – to explain the extra help available to students who have children or an adult who depends on them

    They’re available to pre order in English and Welsh now and will be delivered to your school, university or college from early December.  Get your order in quickly before they go!

    The resources section of the practitioner website – http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/practitioners – will be updated regularly with new information and resources so check back often!

  16. Application packs for 2015/16 part-time loan students available to order now 08-06-2015

    It’s time for part-time students to apply for student finance so make sure you order our ready-made application packs today.

    New and continuing students who started their course on or after 1 September 2014 can apply for a Fee Loan and Course Grant to help them pay for their tuition fees and living costs. They can download an application form at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk or contact their university or college to ask for an application pack.

    Packs include an application form and information on how to apply and repay. You can order them now.

    We’ve also produced a series of resources for you to use with part-time students, which are available to download from the practitioner website. You will find a quick guide and factsheet explaining what loans and grants are available for part-time study and a more detailed main guide.

    And, please share with your students our Loans for part-time study film, which is available to watch on our YouTube channel.

  17. 2016/17 Student Finance Wales Information Notices 25-03-2015

    Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are part of the statutory student support package provided by the Welsh Government via Student Finance Wales. Following the announcement of changes to support arrangements in England, the DSAs policy in Wales is being reviewed to ensure that funding is targeted effectively. Comments are invited on the proposed changes to DSAs from academic year 2016/17, as detailed in SFWIN 01/2015. View details

  18. Student finance for 2015/16 - it's time for new students to apply 23-02-2015

    Students applying for university or college courses in 2015/16 should apply for their student finance now.

    They don’t need to have a confirmed place at university or college - they can use their preferred choice of course and change it later.

    Encourage your students to apply now to make sure their money is available at the start of their course. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    Expert advice on student finance

    • factsheets to tell you everything you need to know about student finance;
    • quick guides you can download and order printed copies to share with your students and their parents;
    • detailed guides that are designed to help students in all circumstances;
    • A series of helpful films to use in the classroom or on your website to explain what student finance is available and how to apply.

    Remember to bookmark our website to access the latest information and resources.

  19. Student Finance presentations - new for 2015/16 25-11-2014

    We've published a series of presentations, aimed at different audiences, to help you explain the student finance available for new students starting in 2015/16.

    We've included a presentation explaining the application process and there's even a presentation template that can be used to make your own bespoke student finance presentations.

    Check out our new presentations for academic year 2015/16.

  20. Resources for academic year 2015/16 – available now! 19-11-2014

    It’s time to start getting ready for a new academic year. We have created a range of helpful tools and resources to help you explain to your students what student finance is available through Student Finance Wales.

    There are factsheets that tell you everything you need to know about a wide range of subjects, for example, applying for student finance, extra help for students with disabilities or dependent children and repayment arrangements. There is also a selection designed to help you answer questions from parents.
    In addition we have developed animations and films you can share with your students to help explain student finance and the application process.

    There’s a range of handy quick guides to hand out to students, to give them information about what support is available to them; and there’s information on extra help for students with a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty or students who have children and adult dependants There is also a quick guide specifically for parents.
    You can order printed copies of these to hand out to your students and their families.

    You will find a selection of PowerPoint presentations, along with the notes you’ll need to deliver these to your students and their families.

    We also have Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages where your students can access up to date information and support while they’re applying for student finance.

  21. Student Support Regulations for 2015/16 24-10-2014

    The Welsh Government have published a stakeholder engagement exercise on several proposed technical changes to be included in the Student Support Regulations for 2015/16 and are looking for your feedback. Responses should be returned to the Higher Education Division no later than 3 December 2014.

    You can find the regulations and response form here.

  22. Verification of household income 27-08-2014

    If sponsors provide their National Insurance number we can verify their income details with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). This means that they won’t have to send in any evidence of their income, making it easier to confirm their income details.

    In some instances HMRC won’t be able to verify their income details; if that’s the case we’ll write to the sponsors and ask them to send us evidence of their income.

    We recommend that parents and partners have their National Insurance number to hand when entering their financial information.

    Parents and partners of new students (starting in academic year 2013/14), will need to continue to provide evidence of their household income.

  23. Confirming identity via Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO) 27-08-2014

    From academic year 2014/15 full-time students can confirm their identity by providing their passport number on their application. If they don’t include passport details on their application they will need to send in a UK Passport Details Form. Students should be advised not to send their passport to us.

    If they don’t have a valid passport, they’ll need to send in their Birth or Adoption Certificate instead along with the Birth/Adoption Certificate Form.
    The UK Passport Details Form and Birth/Adoption Certificate Form can be downloaded from www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

  24. Clearing: new Sound Advice videos for students 15-08-2014

    We've created new videos covering key messages for students applying for university or college through clearing and needing student finance.

    Our Clearing video, explains what the process means and how to make sure that any student finance application is assessed as quickly as possible. The Payment video stresses what to do to make sure that money gets paid on time.

    There is also a timely reminder on the dangers of Phishing scams. Our video explains what precautions to take and how to stay safe online.

    And to make it easier for you to share the new videos with your students we've brought them together, with some of our other relevant videos, in a Going through Clearing? playlist.

    All of our videos are available in 2014/15 Resources or on our YouTube channel, youtube.com/sfwfilm.

  25. New part-time student information packs now available 26-06-2014

    Student Finance Wales (SFW) pre-launch information packs for new part-time students are now available for HEI’s to order.

    The packs contain two handy quick guides which provide step by step guidance on how to apply and repayment. They’re available to order here.

    HEI's are encouraged to distribute the packs to prospective part-time students. Please check back here in late July when we’ll be making application packs available to order.

    In the meantime, go on, order your information pack today!

  26. Applications for 2014/15 available now! 03-04-2014

    Applications for student finance, for courses starting after 1 September 2014, are now available.

    We're encouraging all students not to delay and ensure their funding is ready for the start of their course by applying online now.

  27. New SFW practitioner website 29-03-2014

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Student Finance Wales practitioner website.  This website is dedicated to supporting practitioners across Wales.

    We’ve created a suite of resources that you can use when giving out advice about student finance.The site also hosts a wealth of student finance policy information all in one place.

    We hope you find the site useful, easy to use and informative.

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