Wales - Apply for Special Support Grant
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
Apply Online: This is the quickest and simplest way to apply for student finance
- Register with Student Finance Wales. When register youll be given a unique Customer Reference Number (CRN) you must make sure you take a note of this as youll need it for the duration of your study. Your CRN will remain the same and in use until your loan is repaid in full or written off.
- Log in into your student finance online account and submit your application.
- Submit all the necessary evidence.
- Sign and return the Student Finance Online Declaration Form that they will send to you by post.
When you register you will be asked to provide an email address. Student Finance Wales recommend you use your personal email address, not a university or college email address, as they may need to contact you outside of term-time. You can use your email address/CRN to log in and apply for support or check the progress of your application.
Paper Application: You may also contact Student Finance Wales 0300 200 4050 to request a copy of the latest form.
Receiving the grant
Special Support Grant is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. This will only happen after youve registered on your course and your attendance has been confirmed by your university or college.
- Identity evidence: You can confirm your identity by providing your passport number on your application. If you haven't included your passport details in your application youll need to send in a UK Passport Details Form. Student Finance Wales recommend that you send in your original passport as evidence of your identity, but you can choose to send in your Birth or Adoption Certificate instead. To know more
- Additional requirement: Student Signature Form
Office Locations & Contacts
Student Finance Wales
Telephone 0300 200 4050
Minicom 0300 100 1693
Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
PO Box 211
You can be eligible to apply for a Special Support Grant if any of the following applies to you:
- youre a single parent;
- your partner is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child, or a young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher education level;
- you have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium;
- youre deaf and qualify for Disabled Students' Allowances;
- you have been treated as incapable of work for at least 28 weeks;
- you have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- youre eligible for Housing Benefit
- youre eligible for Housing element of Universal Credit
- youre entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- youre entitled to Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
- youre entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- youre waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended; or
- youre aged 60 or older.
Note: Youll only be entitled to either Welsh Government Learning Grant or Special Support Grant.
To be sure which type of grant you should apply for, get in touch with Student Finance Wales.
Before you receive any funding for your higher education course at university or college youll need to meet certain eligibility criteria.
Nationality and residency status:
You can apply if you meet ALL of the following three conditions:
- you're a UK national or have 'settled status' (no restrictions on how long you can stay);
- 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 for 3 years before starting your course.
To those who do not meet all of the three conditions: you can still apply for support if you meet the requirements of one of the other UK residency categories listed:
- you're an EU national, or family member of an EU national;
- you're a refugee;
- you're under humanitarian protection (as a result of a failed application for Asylum);
- you're a migrant worker;
- you're a child of a Swiss national; or
- you're a child of a Turkish worker
You must also normally be living in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of the course.
- First Degree eg 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 of Education (PGCE)
- Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
Student Finance Wales does not fund postgraduate courses unless they lead to a qualification in Initial Teacher Training.
If you are planning on applying for a second undergraduate degree, funding is available for some courses, in subjects such as medicine or dentistry.
Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) are available for certain postgraduate students that have a disability.
Your university or college: Applicants must be studying a designated course at a publicly-funded university or college, unless you are studying a specifically designated course at a private university or college.
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 in order to attract student support. You can apply to Student Finance Wales for a maximum Tuition Fee Loan of 6,000 but you wont be eligible for a Fee Grant.
Your age: To qualify for a Maintenance Loan you need to be under the age of 60 when you start your course.
There's no upper age limit to qualify for grants or a Tuition Fee Loan.
In case you are not sure if you are eligible to apply for a grant, you can get in touch with Student Finance Wales on 0300 200 4050.
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The maximum amount you can get for Special Support Grant is 5,161 per year.
Maximum Special Support Grant available
- Started studying in academic year 2013/14: 5,161
- Started studying in academic year 2012/13: 5,161
- Started studying in academic year 2011/12: 5,780
- Started studying in academic year 2010/11: 5,161
You are not required to pay back the grant unless you leave your course or theres a change in your circumstances which results in an overpayment.
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Students can get help with costs such as books, course equipment and travel by applying for Special Support Grant. However, unlike the Welsh Government Learning Grant, this will not affect the amount of Maintenance Loan that students may be entitled to.
The grant doesnt count as income when you work out income-related benefits or Tax Credits.
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