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  1. Getting your first student finance payment 31-08-2020

    If you’re starting or returning to a course soon, you’ll be looking forward to your first student finance payment.

    Follow our top tips that will help you get paid on time:

    1. Make sure you’ve submitted your application and provided any evidence we need. Sign in to your online account to check if we’ve asked for anything.
    2. Check your bank details are correct on your online account. If you need to update them, make sure to do this at least 4 days before your payment date.
    3. Register on your course, you might be able to do this online through your university or college’s website.

    If your payment is showing as ‘blocked’ in your online account, we may still be checking your National Insurance number. It can take up to 2 weeks to do this.

    Visit our payment page or watch our ‘Getting paid’ film on YouTube for more information.

    If you applied after the deadline

    If you applied after the deadline, don’t worry! You should still receive some money near the start of course, as long as you’ve provided any evidence we need and your application is approved.

    Because you applied late, you may receive a smaller payment to begin with.

    Make sure your parent(s) or partner have provided their income details so we can re-assess your entitlement and top up your first payment as soon as possible.

    If you’re studying from home in 2020 to 2021

    Due to COVID-19, you may be studying your course online rather than attending classes on campus at university or college. If you’re studying from home, you’ll still be paid as normal.

    You need to make sure you’ve given us the correct details about where you’ll be living during term time. If your plans have changed and you’ll now be living at home with parents, you need to update your application in your online account. This also applies if you were supposed to be studying abroad in 2020 to 2021 but will now be studying online with your overseas provider.

    If you don’t update your details, you could be overpaid and you’ll need to repay any extra student finance you receive.

    If you’re thinking of withdrawing or suspending from your course

    If you’re thinking of leaving your course, you need to make sure you let your uni or college know. You should also contact us, so we can stop your next payment.

    Visit our page for more information on withdrawing or suspending from your course.

    Help your friends get paid on time!

    Are your friends expecting their first student finance payment too?

    Share this page on Facebook and Twitter to make sure they get paid on time too!

  2. Going through Clearing? Don’t forget about your student finance! 21-07-2020

    It’s almost time to find out your A level results, so it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared for what happens next.

    If you’ve already applied for student finance

    You need to let us know straight away if you’ve changed your university, college or course.

    You can update your application quickly and easily by:

    1. signing in to your online account
    2. going to ‘Your Account’
    3. going to ‘Change your application’ and updating your details

    You’ll also need to update your term-time address if this has changed.

    If you haven’t applied for student finance yet

    You need to apply online as soon as possible. It only takes around 30 minutes.

    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.

    COVID 19

    Following the latest advice from the government on COVID-19, we’ve had to change the way we deliver our services – but you can still apply online for student finance. Find out more on our COVID-19 page.

  3. Missed the student finance deadline? What happens now? 01-07-2020

    The deadline for applying for full-time undergraduate student finance for new and continuing students has passed. However, this deadline is only a guideline to help ensure you get your money in time for the start of term. You can still apply for student finance and you should do so as soon as possible.

    There are 2 main consequences of applying late:

    1. You may not get your money in time for the start of term
    2. The initial student finance you receive may not be based on your household income, meaning you’ll get the minimum amount of funding (you’ll get the rest of your money later if you’re eligible for more)

    Applications can take up to 6 weeks to be processed. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll have your money when your course starts. It’s quick and easy to apply online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    We understand there are a lot of uncertainties at the moment, but you should still apply for student finance. You can change your application online if you change your mind about going back to study or where you’ll be studying.

    Visit our social channels where we’ll be sharing useful information for students who’ve applied late.

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  4. It’s time to apply for postgraduate student finance! 29-06-2020

    Our applications for Postgraduate Master’s Finance and Postgraduate Doctoral Loans for 2020 to 2021 are now open!

    The easiest way to apply is online – sign in to your account now.

    It’s important that you apply as soon as possible, so don’t waste time! Apply now or you might not get paid in time for the start of your course.

    You can apply for funding even if you don’t have a confirmed place on a course yet. Just give us the details of your preferred course and change them later if you need to.

    Find out what funding is available in 2020 to 2021

    Visit our pages to find out how to apply, how much you can get and extra help that’s available for students with a disability. Check out our Postgraduate Master’s Finance and Postgraduate Doctoral Loan explained films for more information.

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  5. Part-time students can apply for student finance now! 12-06-2020

    Applications for part-time student finance for 2020 to 2021 are now open. It’s quick and easy to apply online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    You should apply as possible to make sure you get your student finance in time for the start of your course.

    Even if you haven’t got a confirmed place at uni or college, you should apply now using your first choice and change it later if you need to.

    Why not watch our short film to find out what mixture of loans and grants you could get?

    You can also go to www.studentfinancewales.co.uk to find out more about what you can get and how to apply.

  6. Get ready to apply for postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral student finance for 2020 to 2021 08-06-2020

    Get ready to apply for postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral student finance for 2020 to 2021

    Postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral student finance applications are expected to open at the end of June, and we want to make sure you’re prepared for when they do.

    The fastest and easiest way to apply is online through your student finance account.

    When you’re applying you’ll need your:

    • passport
    • National Insurance number
    • university or college course details

    Sign up for an email alert to get notified when applications open

    We’ve made it easier for you to find out when applications open for academic year 2020 to 2021! Sign up for our mailing list and we’ll send you an email alert when you can apply for  postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral student finance. Let your friends know too so they can apply as early as possible!

    Find out what funding is available in 2020 to 2021

    Check out our Postgraduate Master’s Finance and Postgraduate Doctoral Loan films to find out how we calculate your funding and how it’s paid. You can also visit our pages to find out how to apply, how much you can get and extra help available for students with a disability!

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  7. Sign up for an email alert when applications open! 20-05-2020

    Starting a part-time undergraduate, postgraduate Master’s or Doctoral course this year? We’ve made it easier for you to find out when applications open for academic year 2020 to 2021!

    By signing up to our mailing lists, you’ll be the first to know when you can apply, applications are expected to open in late June.

    Part-time undergraduate applications

    Sign up to our mailing list and we’ll send you an email alert when part-time undergraduate applications open.

    Postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral applications

    Sign up to our mailing list and we’ll send you an email alert when postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral applications open.

    Let your friends and family know about our mailing lists so they can apply as early as possible too!

    Follow our social media channels so you don’t miss any important updates.

  8. Our contact centres have partially re-opened 07-04-2020

    Following a temporary closure to help our staff adapt to new ways of working, we’re glad to inform you that our customer contact centres have partially re-opened. However, we expect our telephone lines to be very busy as we have a reduced number of staff available. We’ll continue working to restore more of our services over the coming weeks.

    Currently, we’re prioritising urgent student finance cases and we ask that you only call for urgent matters, you should not call for general queries.

    Before you call you should read our Frequently Asked Questions for prospective students, current students and repayment customers. You can also contact us on Twitter and Facebook.

    You can visit our Contact us page for information on telephone numbers and opening times.

    New and returning undergraduate students can continue to apply for student finance. The quickest and easiest way to apply is through your online account.

    We’re processing Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan payments for existing students as normal. If you’re expecting a payment you should check your payment schedule on your online account.

    We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused and trust you understand the reasons for these changes and the importance of the measures we’ve taken.

  9. COVID-19 Update: Our contact centres have temporarily closed 24-03-2020

    COVID-19 Update: Our contact centres have temporarily closed

    Following the government’s latest advice, we’ve had to make changes to how we work. That’s why we’ve made the decision to close our contact centres temporarily. This means we’ll be unable to take calls until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    You can still apply for full-time undergraduate student finance for academic year 2020 to 2021. Sign in to your account and apply online now.

    Visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information on how student finance is affected.

    Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

    Thank you for your patience during this time.

  10. It’s time to apply 09-03-2020

    It’s time to apply for student finance!

    Our full-time undergraduate student finance applications are now open.

    The easiest way to apply is online – sign in to your account now!

    You should apply before the deadline to make sure your funding is ready for starting your course:

    • New students – 15 May
    • Returning students – 12 June

    You can apply for funding even if you don’t have a confirmed place on a course yet. Just give us the details of your preferred course and change them later if you need to.

    Find out what funding is available in 2020 to 2021

    Check out our 2020 to 2021 summary page or watch our ‘Student finance explained film to find out what funding you could get.

     

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  11. Get ready to apply for student finance! 24-02-2020

    Full-time undergraduate student finance applications are expected to open at the end of March, and we want to make sure you know what to do when they open!

    The fastest and easiest way to apply is online through the Student Finance Wales website.

    When you’re applying you’ll need your:

    • Passport
    • National Insurance number
    • University or college course details

    If you don’t have a confirmed place on a course yet, you should give us the details of your first choice. You can change them later if you need to!

    Find out what funding is available in 2020 to 2021

    Check out our 2020 to 2021 Summary Page or watch our Student finance explained film to find out what funding you can apply for.

    Remember to sign up to get an alert when applications open!

    You can sign up to our mailing list and we’ll send you an email when it’s time to apply!

    Sign up now so we can help you to apply as early as possible.

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  12. Sign up for an email alert for when applications launch 23-01-2020

    Going to uni or college in 2020 to 2021?

    We’ve made it easier for you to find out when our full-time undergraduate student finance applications launch!

    You can sign up now to our mailing list and we’ll send you an email alert when our applications launch. This is expected to be at the end of March.

    Follow our social media channels so you don’t miss any important updates!

  13. Withdrawing from your course 18-10-2019

    If you’re thinking about withdrawing from your course you should speak to your uni or college first. They’ll give you advice to help you make the best decision.

    If you decide to withdraw

    If you decide to withdraw after speaking to your uni or college, it’s really important you let them know as soon as possible. In the meantime you should call us to request your payments are blocked.

     Your uni or college need to let us know you’ve withdrawn. Once they’ve done this we’ll reassess your student finance based on the number of days you attended your course.

    We’ll stop any future payments to you and your uni or college, and send you a new student finance entitlement letter. Depending on the date you withdrew, and when your uni or college let us know, you may have been overpaid.

    If you’ve been overpaid

    If you’ve been overpaid, we’ll contact you to let you know how to repay any extra student finance you got. You may need to repay this before you’re earning over the repayment threshold.

    Repaying your student loan

    You’ll be responsible for repaying your Maintenance Loan and any Tuition Fee Loan we’ve paid on your behalf. You’ll repay these as normal unless you’ve been overpaid.

    Stay Connected!

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  14. Extra help is available for students with disabilities – find out if you qualify 23-09-2019

    If you’re applying for student finance in 2019/20 you could qualify for extra help in the form of Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).

    DSAs are grants to help pay the extra essential costs you may have as a direct result of your disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.

    DSAs don’t depend on your household income but do depend on your individual needs. They don’t usually need to be paid back.

    It’s easy to apply for DSAs online by visiting www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    It’s important that you provide any evidence we ask for when applying. If you don’t, it could cause delays in you getting your money or any equipment you need.

    For more information on DSAs and how to apply, watch our YouTube playlist.

  15. Beware of fraudsters targeting your student loan payments 19-09-2019

    Be on your guard against fraudsters.

     

    Fraudsters often target students with bogus emails and SMS around the three loan instalment periods in September, January and April each year.

    Here’s our top tips:

    1. If you or your sponsor(s) get an email about student finance that you think is a scam you should send it to us at phishing@slc.co.uk, as this allows us to close the site down and stop students from being caught out.
    2. Online fraudsters are aware that most students will be receiving their first payment soon, you should keep an eye out for any emails or texts you think could be fraudulent.
    3. You shouldn’t post messages to social media that will let people know you’re getting your student finance payment soon, this could make you a target for online fraudsters!

     

    The Student Loans Company oversees student finance on behalf of the Government and devolved administrations across the UK. In the last few years their Counter Fraud Services team have stopped over £500,000 of student funding being stolen through phishing scams and in the 2017-2018 financial year alone, the team prevented £13.2 million of taxpayers’ money from being paid out by identifying fraudulent activity.

     

    Spotting a phishing email isn’t always easy but the Student Loans Company has 4 fraud facts to help:

    • Phishing emails are often sent in bulk and are unlikely to contain both your first and last name, they commonly start: ‘Dear Student’.
    • Check the quality of the communication - misspelling, poor punctuation and bad grammar are often tell-tale signs of phishing.
    • Look out for messages that express a sense of urgency like ‘failure to respond in 24 hours will result in your account being closed’ these types of messages are designed to make you act quickly, without giving your actions a second thought.
    • Anyone who receives a suspicious email they think may be a scam should send it to phishing@slc.co.uk. SLC can investigate the site and ensure it is shut down, to help protect other students.

    You can watch our ‘What is Phishing?’ film for more information.

     

  16. Postgraduate Doctoral Loan 2019/20 applications are now open! 24-06-2019

    If you’re starting a postgraduate Doctoral course in 2019 to 2020 you can apply for finance now!

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

    You may be eligible to borrow up to £25,700 to help towards your course and living costs while you study. Extra help is also available if you have a disability.

    Watch our short film to find out more!

    If you have any questions about applying for student finance, we’re available on our social media channels:

  17. Postgraduate Master’s Finance: apply now for 2019/20 ! 26-06-2019

    If you’re starting a postgraduate Master’s course in academic year 2019/20 you can apply for student finance now!


    What’s available?


    You could get a combined loan and grant of up to £17,000 to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs.


    All students can apply for a minimum grant amount of £1,000. Depending on your household income, you could get a grant of up to £6,885. The rest of the
    £17,000 will be made up as a loan.


    It’s important that you apply as soon as possible - so don’t waste time, apply now or you might not get paid in time for the start of your course. You don’t
    need a confirmed place at uni to apply. You should apply now with your preferred course and change it later if you need to.


    Learn more


    To find out more about what you can get, how to apply and what your parents or partner will need to do, check out our ‘Postgraduate students’ page.



  18. Part-time student finance 2019/20 - applications now open! 10-06-2019

    Whether you’re thinking about starting a part-time course this year or you’ve already got a confirmed place at university you should apply for student finance now!

    If you’re eligible, you could get a Tuition Fee Loan to help with the cost of tuition fees and a Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan to help with your living costs while you study!

    Watch our short film to find out more.

    If you have any questions about applying for student finance, we’re available on our social media channels Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm:

  19. You need to apply for student finance now! 28-05-2019

    If you haven’t applied for full-time undergraduate student finance yet, you’ve missed the deadline to get your money in time for the start of your course. But don’t worry – there’s still time to get it sorted!

    If you apply now, you’ll hopefully have at least some money ready for the start of your course.

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

    You don’t need a confirmed place at uni or college – you should still apply now and change your details later if you need to.

    If you’ve already started your application, you should log back into your student finance account and finish it now.

    We’ve got plenty of information about student finance right here on the Student Finance Wales website – so why not take a look?

  20. Part-time study - find out what financial help you could get! 16-04-2019

    If you’re considering studying a part-time course in academic year 2019/20 then you could get money to help you during your studies!

    You can find out what you can get on our website . There’s information about loans and grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs while studying. There’s also information about the extra help available if you have a disability or a child or adult who is financially dependent on you.

    The information will help you find out what student finance is available and may help you to decide if part-time study is right for you!

    Remember, we’re available on our social media channels if you have any questions about applying for student finance! We’re online Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm:

  21. The deadline for full-time undergraduate funding is fast approaching! 16-04-2019

    Starting university or college this year?

    Is ‘apply for student finance’ on your to do list? It’s time to tick it off!

    The deadline to apply for student finance is fast approaching. If you apply after 10 May you might not get your money in time for the start of your course.

    The quickest and easiest way to apply is online

    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.

    Extra help is also available to those who have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition, Autism spectrum disorder, or specific learning difficulty. It’s also available if you have 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!

    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.

    Watch our‘How to apply for student finance’film, which tells you 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

  22. Student finance for Welsh students studying in the EU 19-03-2019

    If the UK leaves the EU with no deal students should consult the student finance office at their university or college, or the Welsh Government website, for more information.

  23. It’s time to apply for student finance! 11-03-2019

    Going to uni or college in academic year 2019/20? You should apply for student finance now!

    The quickest and easiest way to apply is online.

    What can I get?

    There’s lots of help available to support you while you study. If you’re eligible, you can get a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for 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, Autism spectrum disorder or specific learning difficulty. Extra help is also available to 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.

    Apply now!

    Where can I find out more?

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

    Watch our ‘How to apply for student finance’ film, which tells you 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.

  24. 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:

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. It’s time to apply for student finance 2018/19 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

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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:

  43. 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'.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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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