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Wales - Apply for Tuition Fee Loan

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Procedure[edit]

Apply Online: This is the quickest and simplest way to apply for student finance

  1. 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.
  2. Log in into your student finance online account and submit your application.
  3. Submit all the necessary evidence.
  4. 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.


Tuition Fee Loan: If youve already applied for student finance, the quickest and easiest way to change the amount of Tuition Fee Loan you want to borrow is to log in to your online account.


Paper Application: In case you can not send an application online, you can complete and return the Tuition Fee Loan Request Form.

You may also contact Student Finance Wales 0300 200 4050 to request a copy of the latest form.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Student Finance Wales
Telephone 0300 200 4050
Minicom 0300 100 1693

Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Sunday Closed

PO Box 211
Llandudno Junction,
LL30 9FU

Website



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Eligibility[edit]

New Students[edit]

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:

  1. you're a UK national or have 'settled status' (no restrictions on how long you can stay);
  2. you normally live in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of the course (usually before 1 September); and
  3. 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.


Your 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 loan, you can get in touch with Student Finance Wales on 0300 200 4050.


Continuing Students[edit]

Tuition Fee Loan:

  • continuing full-time student who started in either 2010/11 or 2011/12 and are studying in Wales, Scotland or England: Maximum Tuition Fee Loan available - 3,465
  • continuing full-time student who started in either 2010/11 or 2011/12 and are studying in Northern Ireland: Maximum Tuition Fee Loan available - 3,805


Tuition Fee Grant

Continuing full-time students who started between academic year 2006/07 and 2009/10 or a gap-year student in 2010/11

To be eligible for this you need to meet three conditions:

  1. you must normally live in Wales
  2. you must be studying in Wales
  3. you must have started your course in academic year 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09 or 2009/10 or you must have been a gap-year student in 2010/11.

If you meet the criteria above you can get a Tuition Fee Grant of up to 2,085 and a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for the first 1,380 of tuition fees that your university or college charges you.



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Documents to Use[edit]

Tuition Fee Loan Request Form 2015/16

You may also contact Student Finance Wales 0300 200 4050 to request a copy of the latest form.



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Instructions[edit]

Tuition Fee Loan

Students who study at a publicly-funded university or college can be charged a maximum of 9,000.

By applying for a Tuition Fee Loan, you can get the first 3,810 of your tuition fee covered. However if your university or college charges more than this, you can apply for a Fee Grant of up to 5,190 to cover the difference.

You can choose to take the Fee Grant only. If this doesnt fully cover the tuition fee you are being charged, youll need to pay the difference to your university or college yourself.

There are no restrictions on the amount private universities or colleges can charge. If your chosen course is designated by the Welsh Government you can apply for a maximum Tuition Fee Loan of 6,000 but you wont be eligible for a Fee Grant.

Both the Tuition Fee Loan and Fee Grant are paid directly to your university or college.


Note:

  • Your Tuition Fee Loan and Fee Grant application are NOT income assessed, which means that your entitlement for these doesnt depend on your household income.
  • If a borrower withdraw from university or college after attending on the first day of term, they may be liable to pay some of the fees.


Loan Interest

Youll be charged interest on your Tuition Fee Loan from the first day the money is paid to your university or college until the loan is repaid in full or written off. The current interest rate for Plan 1 Income Contingent Repayment loans is 1.5%. To know more


Deadline Dates - see link to know when you should apply.

Note: You can apply up to 9 months after the start of your course. If you apply after this, then theres no guarantee youll receive any funding.



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External Links[edit]

  • Student Finance Wales - Website:
http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/new-students/201516-what-financial-support-is-available/tuition-fee-support.aspx#.VTrxecH5fIU



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