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If you normally live in Wales you may be able to get money from Student Finance Wales, wherever in the UK you choose to study.

Courses starting before September 2018

Find out more about your eligibility for student finance, (external link) how much money you can get, (external link) and what extra financial help (external link) is available.

You can apply online (external link) through Student Finance Wales.

Courses starting on or after September 2018

There are changes planned for full and part-time students starting an undergraduate course. Further changes for postgraduate students are planned for September 2019.

These changes are based on the recommendations from the Diamond review and could affect the student finance support you are eligible for.

Living costs support recommendations

All eligible students will receive £1,000 a year. Find out more about eligibility criteria (external link).

Students may also be eligible for an additional means-tested maintenance grant. The grant amount will be based on household income, with the highest level of support going to those most in need.

Students who do not receive a full grant  will also be able to apply for a maintenance loan for an amount up to the difference between their grant award and the maximum level of maintenance support (grant plus loan).

The maximum level of maintenance support (grant plus loan) available will be:

  • £9,000 for students living away from home and outside London
  • £11,250 for students living away from home and in London
  • £7,650 for students living at home.

The support for a student living away from home (outside London) will be equivalent to the national living wage (external link), based on 37.5 hours per week over a 30 week period.

Part-time students will receive a modified version of this support on a pro-rata basis.

Tuition fee support recommendations

Eligible students will receive a student loan to cover the full tuition fee. Repayments will only begin once graduates earn a salary above £21,000. Pending discussions with Her Majesty’s Treasury, it is intended that from 1 April 2018 the repayment threshold for undergraduate loans will be increased to £25,000.