Students in Wales can now apply for student funding
Full-time undergraduates in Wales are encouraged to apply for student funding now, as the application service opens for the 2021-2022 academic year. The final academic year, the Student Loans Company (SLC) has funded over a million students and anticipates an increase in applications for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.
The fastest and easiest way to apply is online and students should do so as soon as possible to ensure their finances are in place for the start of the term. Students should apply now even if they don’t know which course they will be taking or which university they will attend. Applications can take six to eight weeks to process, so students do not need to contact us during this time to check the status of their application. We will contact them, or their parents and partners, if we require additional information to support their application.
Applying for student funding is straightforward and students can make the process easier by following the tips below:
Apply as early as possible to make sure your finances are in place before you start your studies. The deadline to apply is June 4 for new students and June 25 for permanent students. Even if you don’t know which course you are going to study, you should still apply now. Just use the course you think you are most likely to attend and you can update your application later if you need to. This is the best way to make sure you have your money’s worth when you start your course.
Students in Wales can apply for a tuition loan to pay for tuition and a maintenance loan to help cover living costs. They can also apply for a Welsh Government scholarship which does not need to be repaid. Watch our film to find out more.
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- Have your important documents close at hand
Have your National Insurance Number and UK passport details ready before you start your application, as you will need this information when you apply.
- Provide your evidence online
Remember to submit the required proofs. All evidence, except some identification or residency, can be submitted digitally through your online account.
- Be sure to tell us if you have ever studied
If you’ve studied before, this could affect your eligibility – even if your previous course was self-funded. Be sure to submit your request early so your entitlement can be confirmed.
- Check if you are entitled to additional assistance
You may have access to additional money in certain circumstances, for example if you have a disability or if you have children. Find out more at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
Students can get all the latest information on student finance and ask questions to our customer advisers through SFW social media.
Derek Ross, SLC’s Executive Director of Operations, said, “It’s time for students to focus on the important task of organizing their finances. We expect this to be a busy year with more applications than ever before and urge students to apply now. Students who apply before the deadline can be confident that their funding will be in place for the start of the term.
“Resources are available online to help students and their parents and partners with their applications and they can also follow Student Finance Wales on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest information on student funding.”
New and old students can apply online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk