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How do I apply for higher education funding in Wales?
By David Malcolm
If you’re eligible to get funding for full-time higher education from the government in Wales, you apply for it online through Student Finance Wales. For part-time funding, you apply to your local authority using forms provided by Student Finance Wales. Here’s an overview with links to more information.
The following details tell you how to apply for funding from Student Finance Wales. If you want to apply for a bursary to study medicine, dentistry, healthcare or social work, the application process is different. See:
When should I apply?
You apply each year throughout the length of your course, and for one extra year if you need it to complete the course. You must apply by the end of the spring before your course starts in autumn. There are different deadlines for new and continuing students – Student Finance Wales publishes the deadlines on their website.
What’s the application process for full-time students?
For full-time students, the first time you apply you set up a student finance account. Then, and each year afterwards, you complete an online application form. You may be asked to send evidence (eg proof of your identity or household income). Make sure you send all the requested information by the specified deadlines, so that you receive the first instalment of the support you’re entitled to at the start of the course. Student Finance Wales assesses what funding (grants and loans) you’re entitled to, and sends you a notification by post.
For more details, see Student Finance Wales’s application information for new full-time students and continuing full-time students. There are also some useful frequently asked questions about applications. You can also register for a student finance account.
What’s the application process for part-time students?
For part-time students, each year you complete the application form, then take it to your university or college and get them to stamp it. Then you send it to your local authority for assessment of the support you’re entitled to.
For more details, see Student Finance Wales’s application information for part-time students. There are also some useful frequently asked questions about applications.
What higher education funding is available in Wales?
Can I get higher education funding in the UK?
This information was updated in March 2013. NUS provides this information in good faith and has taken care to make sure it’s accurate. However, student finance issues can be complicated, and rules change frequently. You should contact the advice centre in your students' union, college or university for support if you’re uncertain or need more help.