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SLC is reminding new full time undergraduate students in Wales that they have just over two weeks left to apply for student finance by the deadline on 4 June.

SLC is reminding new full time undergraduate students in Wales that they have just over two weeks left to apply for student finance before the deadline on 4 June. The deadline for returning students is 25 June. Applying before the deadline is the best way for students to ensure they have their finances in place for the start of the academic year. New students can apply now even if they are unsure which course they will study, or what university they will be attending.

Derek Ross, SLC Executive Director of Operations, said: “So far this year, we have already experienced a significant increase in students applying for finance. Applications have increased by more than 10% year-on-year and we are anticipating that this will be the busiest academic year ever. We are urging students to get their applications in before the upcoming deadlines. By doing so they can be confident that they will have their student finance in place before their studies begin in the Autumn.

“To support students and their parents and partners (sponsors) with their applications, we have made information available aimed at helping to answer some of the most common questions about applying for student finance. Throughout the year we will be making even more resources available online to support students as their student finance journeys progress. They can also watch our short film and keep themselves up-to-date on the latest information by following Student Finance Wales on Facebook and Twitter.”

Students should apply online at https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/discover-student-finance and remember:

  • Students in Wales can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. They can also apply for a Welsh Government Learning Grant which doesn’t need to be paid back.
  • Applications can take six to eight weeks to process. Students do not need to contact SLC during this time to check on the status of their application. They will be contacted if any additional information is needed.
  • Students can also check their application’s progress in their online account and view a ‘to do list’ of any action they need to take.
  • Parents and partners (sponsors) may also need to provide details of their household income if they are supporting a student’s application. Once a student applies the named sponsor(s) will receive an email explaining the steps they need to take. More information on supporting a student finance application can be found at https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/parents-and-partners.aspx

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For further information contact the Student Loans Company press office on 0141 306 2120 / press_office@slc.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Deadlines

  • The deadline for new students is 4 June and for continuing students it is 25 June. Students can still apply after the deadlines, but they are not guaranteed to be paid in time for the term starting.

Tips for applying for student finance

  • Apply even if you don’t have a confirmed place at university – Even if you don’t know what course you are doing or even which university you are going to, you should apply online now at https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/discover-student-finance Select the course you are most likely to do and you can update the application later if required.
  • Have your important documents to hand when applying – Have your National Insurance Number, passport and bank details to hand before you start your application as you will be asked for this information as you apply. If you don’t have a bank account in your own name you should set one up. You will need it so we can pay you your money.
  • Provide your supporting evidence online – To make an application you will need to create an online account and you may be asked to provide evidence to support your application so don’t forget to submit any evidence you are asked for. All evidence apart from some forms of ID or residency evidence can be submitted digitally via your online account. We can’t process your application until we have all the evidence we need.
  • Tell us if your household income has changed – If you have applied for a Maintenance Loan based on household income, then your sponsor – usually your parents or partner- will be asked to provide details of their household income for the previous tax year. For 21/22 academic year applications, that’s the 19-20 tax year. If your sponsor expects their income to drop by 15% or more, it is possible to request a Current Year Income (CYI) assessment. A CYI can only be requested once you have submitted your application and your sponsor has also submitted their household income for the 19-20 tax year to support your application too. To do this, visit https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/parents-and-partners/how-does-household-income-affect-an-application.aspx to download a digital version of the form once you have filled it in you can then upload it directly from your online account.
  • Understand how much funding you may be entitled to – Students in Wales can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. They can also apply for a Welsh Government Learning Grant which doesn’t need to be paid back. Watch the Discover Student Finance Film to find out more.
  • Find out if you could be eligible for extra support – Extra funding may be available if you have a disability or a child or adult dependant who relies on you financially. https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/undergraduate-students/new-students/what-financial-support-is-available.aspx
  • Keep your contact details up to date – we may need to get in touch with you throughout the year with important information, so make sure you keep your contact details up to date on your online account.
  • Follow Student Finance Wales (SFW) on social media Students can stay up-to-date with all the latest student finance information by following SFW