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New Students

Full-time undergraduate student finance applications for the 2021 to 2022 academic year are expected to open at the end of April 2021.

The student eligibility and entitlement information we will cover is based on our current understanding and some policy details could change based on final domicile-specific regulations coming into force.

Before you receive any funding for your higher education course at university or college you’ll need to meet certain eligibility criteria.

Find out if you qualify for student finance.

Where you live (your nationality and residency status)

You can apply if you meet all of the following three conditions:

  • You're a UK national, or an Irish citizen, or have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK
  • You normally live in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of the course (usually before 1 September); and
  • You've been living in the UK & Islands for 3 years before starting your course

You can also apply for support if you’re:

  • an EEA or Swiss migrant or frontier worker, or a family member of one
  • a child of a Swiss national
  • a Family member of a UK national (you must both have been resident in the EEA or Switzerland on or before 31 December 2020, and returned to the UK on or after 1 January 2018)

You must also:

  • have been living in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA or Switzerland for at least 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course; and
  • be living in Wales

You can also apply for support if you:

  • are a child of a Turkish worker and your Turkish worker parent/step-parent has been granted extended ‘leave to remain’ in the UK, both you and your Turkish worker parent/step-parent need to have been living in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • are under humanitarian protection (as a result of a failed application for Asylum)
  • have been granted leave to remain on the grounds of family or private life, or you’re a family member of someone granted leave to remain on the grounds of family or private life, and have been living in the UK and Islands for at least 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course
  • have been granted discretionary leave, as a result of failed asylum or where no application for asylum has been made, or you’re a family member of someone who has
  • are a stateless person or a family member of a stateless person
  • have been granted leave to remain under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, or you’re a child of somebody granted leave to remain under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016
    are a refugee
  • have been granted ‘leave to remain’ in the UK as a victim of domestic violence or abuse or you’re a dependent child of someone who has been
  • have been granted ‘Calais leave’ in the UK, or you’re a dependent child of someone who has been
  • have been granted ‘leave to remain’ in the UK as a bereaved partner, or you’re a dependent child of someone who has been

Your course

Your course must lead to a qualification in one of the following:

  • First Degree e.g. Bachelor of Arts, Science or Education (BA, BSc or BEd)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

Your university or college

Your university or college must be:

  • publicly funded (paid for by the government), or
  • privately funded but running individual courses that are approved for funding by the Welsh Government.

Private universities and colleges can set their own tuition fee level and there is no restriction on the amount they can charge. A course at a private university or college needs to have been specifically designated by the Welsh Government for you to be able to get student finance.

Your age

To qualify for a Maintenance Loan you need to be aged under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course. There's no upper age limit to qualify for grants or a Tuition Fee Loan.

The rules around eligibility can be complex, so if you’re not sure if you qualify, you can contact us



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