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  1. Get your first student finance payment in time! 06-09-2018

    Before you get your student finance payment you’ll need to register at uni or college – we can’t pay you until you do!

    Any Maintenance Loan or Welsh Government Learning Grant you’re getting will be paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. Any Tuition Fee Loan will be paid directly to your uni or college.

    Your payments will normally be in your account 3-5 working days after you’ve registered.

    Watch our ‘Getting paid’ playlist for more information.

    Remember to stay safe online!

    During payment dates, fraudsters will often target students through phishing, which is designed to trick you into giving out your personal details which they can use to take your money. We’ve created a ‘Phishing’ film as part of our ‘Getting paid’ playlist for you to watch and stay safe online.

  2. Maintenance Loan payments in your final year of study 30-08-2018

    If you’re in the final year of your course you might notice that you’re getting less help towards your living costs than other years.

    This is because your Maintenance Loan only covers up to the last day of your course. In earlier years of their course they’ll have had student finance for the full year, including the summer holidays.

    More information

    If you’ve got any questions about your student finance, why not ask one of our experts for help? You can:

  3. Going through Clearing? Sort out your student finance now! 16-08-2018

    If you’ve gone through Clearing or Adjustment after getting your exam results, you need to let us know if your uni, college or course details have changed. If you don’t let us know, you might not get paid in time for the start of your course.

    It’s quick and easy to let us know of any changes by logging into your account, go to ‘Your Account’, then ‘Change your application’ and update your details. Don’t forget to update your term-time address if it’s changed as well.

    Haven’t applied for student finance yet?

    You need to apply online as soon as possible

    You might not get all your student finance in time for the start of your course, but we’ll try to make sure you have at least some money as close to the start of your course as possible.

  4. Government confirms funding for EU students for 2019/20 05-07-2018

    Written statement from Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education

    02 July 2018

    EU nationals who intend to study in Wales for the academic year 2019/20 will be eligible to pay the same tuition fees as Welsh students and will be eligible to receive loans and/or grants from Student Finance Wales (SFW) – subject to the existing eligibility criteria.

    This is a continuation of the current policy and students will be eligible to receive support 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 loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.

    The rules applying to EU nationals who will apply for a place at university for the academic year 2018/19 to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. SFW will assess these applications against existing 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 Student Loans Company will also then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course.

    Students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the Student Finance Wales website, for information about the support available.

  5. You can now apply for the new Postgraduate Doctoral Loan! 25-06-2018

    If you’re starting a postgraduate Doctoral course from 1 August 2018 you can apply for the new Postgraduate Doctoral Loan now! You could borrow up to £25,000 towards your course and living costs while studying.

    It’s quick and easy to apply online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    You should apply as soon as possible to make sure your money is ready for the start of your course.

    Find out more

    We’ve got lots of information available about the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan. We've also created three films to help explain the new Postgraduate Doctoral Loan, including information on how to apply and repay the loan.

  6. Thinking of studying part-time? Apply for student finance now! 11-06-2018

    If you’re a new student starting a part-time course in 2018/19 you will get more help with your living costs. As well as a Tuition Fee Loan, you can now also apply for a Welsh Government Learning Grant and a Maintenance Loan.

    Continuing part-time students who started a course on or after 1 September 2014 can also apply now for student finance for 2018/19.

    It’s quick and easy to apply online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    If you started your course before 1 September 2014, you should on paper from early July.

    What you can get depends on when you started your course, so visit the ‘Part-time students’ section of our website to find out more.

    Find out more about what you could get by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and watching our films on YouTube

  7. Apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan now! 14-05-2018

    If you’re starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018/19, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan now!

    You could get up to £13,000 to help towards your course and living costs.

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

    You should apply as soon as possible to make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course. Don’t worry if you don’t have a confirmed place at university – you can use your preferred choice of course and simply change the details later if you need to.

    Find out more

    We’ve got lots of information available for you. Check out ‘Postgraduate students’ to find out everything you need to know about funding your postgraduate Master’s course. You’ll also find three films that explain what you can get, how to apply and what, when and how you’ll repay.

  8. Welsh language text messaging coming soon to a mobile near you!

    As a Student Finance Wales customer, you’re probably used to getting text messages from us. We send messages throughout the year to all of our customers to make sure we’re keeping you up to date with your student finance applications and payments.

    As part of the Welsh Government’s duty to promote the use of Welsh and give Welsh speakers the right to access information and services in Welsh, we already provide most of your Student Finance information and services in Welsh. This will shortly include the regular text messaging that we send to you, with the Welsh language version of the message first.

    We recently surveyed a group of customers in Wales who expressed an overwhelming preference to receive both the Welsh and English language messages in one text, rather than in separate messages, so we’ll build them in this way.

    Make sure you keep receiving important updates and reminders from us by keeping your contact details up to date!

  9. What students think about the new student finance package 19-04-2018

    For our latest film, we spoke to students in Wales to find out what they think about the new student finance package.

    We caught up with them at Cardiff and Vale College after a presentation on what financial help is available from Student Finance Wales.

    With most new students in 2018/19 able to get help towards their living costs equal to the National Living Wage, as well as support to cover the full costs of their fees, we wanted to know what it could mean for them.

    So if you're thinking about going to uni or college next year, watch our film now!

    You can find out more about what you can get and how to apply by going to www.studentfinanewales.co.uk

    And for all the latest news and updates, remember to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to us on Youtube.

  10. Time’s running out to apply for student finance! 17-04-2018

    Going to uni or college in 2018/19? If you’re a new full-time undergraduate student you should apply for your student finance before 11 May to get your money in time for the start of your course!

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

    What can I get?

    There’s lots of help available to support you while you study. You could get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, as well as help with your living costs.

    There’s also extra help if you have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, or children or an adult who depends on you financially.

    It’s important to apply as early as possible to make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course.

    So what are you waiting for? Apply now at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

  11. Facebook Q&A – join the conversation! 26-03-2018

    Our experts will be answering your questions from 1-4pm on Thursday 29 March about all things student finance.

    So whether you want to know how much money you’ll get, when you’ll get your money or how you pay your tuition fees, we’re here to help.

    We know how important it is for you to get the information you need about student finance – so like us on Facebook and join our conversation!

    Most students starting a course from September 2018 can get help towards their living costs that’s equal to the National Living Wage, as well as support to cover the full cost of their fees. This means you can spend more time focusing on your studies and less time worrying about how you’re going to pay for it.

    And don’t forget – you should apply for your student finance by 11th May to make sure you have your money in time for the start of your course.

    like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our films on YouTube for the latest news and updates.

  12. It’s time to apply for student finance! 12-03-2018

    Going to uni or college in 2018/19? You can apply for student finance now!

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

    What can I get?

    There’s lots of help available to support you while you study. You could get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, as well as help with your living costs equal to the National Living Wage.

    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 an adult who depends on them financially.

    When should I apply?

    It’s important to apply as early as possible to make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course.

    So what are you waiting for? Apply now at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    Where can I find out more?

    There’s plenty of information and step-by-step guidance on our website to help you understand what you can get, how to apply and how you repay.

    We’ve also got a YouTube playlist explaining everything you need to know about the student finance journey from start to finish.

    And for all the latest news and updates, remember to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our films on YouTube

  13. Student finance films for 2018/19 available to watch now! 11-12-2017

    Looking for student finance information for academic year 2018/19? Watch our series of short films – available online now!

    Our handy Playlist features all our latest films, covering:

    • what you can get
    • how to apply
    • repayment and interest

    All our films are available in Welsh Playlist.

  14. The maximum tuition fee in Wales in 2018/19 will remain at £9,000 19-10-2017

    There are also further changes planned for full-time and part-time students starting an undergraduate course from 1 August 2018. Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website

  15. Get your payment on time! What you need to know 07-09-2017

    Did you know that you have register at your university or college before you can get your student finance? Your Maintenance Loan along with any Welsh Government Learning Grant will be paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term, and any Tuition Fee Loan and Fee Grant will be paid directly to your university or college. Your payments normally reach your account 3-5 working days after you have registered.

    Watch our ‘Getting Paid’ film for more information.

    Staying safe!

    During payment dates, students are often targeted by fraudsters through phishing, which is designed to trick you in to giving out your personal details. We’ve created a ‘Phishing’ film that explains what you can do to help keep you safe.

  16. Going through Clearing? Sort out your student finance 17-08-2017

    If you’re going through Clearing make sure you get your money as quickly as possible.

    If you’ve already applied for student finance

    You must let us know as soon as possible if any of the following has changed:

    • Your course
    • Your university or college

    You can update your details online.

    • Log into your account at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.
    • Go to Your Account > Change your application > University/college and course.
    • Update your details.

    If you haven’t applied for student finance

    Apply online now at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

    You might not get all your student finance in time for the start of your course.

    We’ll make an initial assessment so you get some money as close to the start of your course as possible.

  17. Part-time students – it’s time to apply for student finance! 10-07-2017

    If you’re a new or continuing part-time student who started your course on or after 1 September 2014, it’s time to apply for student finance for academic year 2017/18.

    It’s quick and easy to apply online for both your Tuition Fee Loan and your Course Grant – just go to www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

    If you started your course before 1 September 2014, you can also apply now.

    Find out more about what you could get and download a form and guidance notes by visiting the Continuing students section of this website.

    For up-to-date information, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and watch our films on YouTube.

  18. Apply for a Postgraduate Loan now! 12-06-2017

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

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

    You should apply as soon as possible to make sure you get your money in time for the start of your course. Don’t worry if you don’t have a confirmed place at university – you can use your preferred choice and simply change the details later if you need to.

    Find out more

    We’ve created a range of resources, including films and detailed guides, to help explain what you can get, how to apply and what, when and how you’ll repay. You’ll find these and more information in the ‘Postgraduate students’ section

    For regular updates like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our films on YouTube

  19. Planning on starting an undergraduate course in 2018/19? 26-05-2017

    There are changes planned for full and part-time students starting an undergraduate course on or after September 2018. Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website.

  20. A parents’ guide to student finance – share our new SFW film series! 25-04-2017

    A parents’ guide to student finance

    Help parents find out everything they need to know about student finance with our new, in-depth series of films!

    Our expert student finance advisers cover everything from how parents can support their child’s application to what evidence they might need to send us.

    Share the playlist on your social media channels now.

    And make sure you let parents know they can find more information about student finance at

    www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/parents-and-partners

    Helpful information on student finance
    Remember to bookmark the practitioner website for easy access to a range of resources to help you explain student finance to students.

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

    Watch our films on YouTube:

  21. Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019 24-04-2017

    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'.

  22. 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.

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. EU Nationals and Student Finance in Wales 07-07-2016

    The Welsh Government has released a press notice regarding EU students.

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