SFE and SFW part-time application services for academic year 2018/19 now open

12 June 2018

The Student Finance England (SFE) and Student Finance Wales (SFW) part-time undergraduate services for academic year 2018/19 are now open.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online.

English-domiciled students can apply online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance.

Welsh-domiciled students can apply online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

Encourage your students to apply as soon as possible to ensure that their funding is ready for the start of their course.

Continuing students


Continuing English-domiciled students who started a part-time course on or after 1 September 2012 can also apply now. SFE will contact students who started a part-time course before 1 September 2012 to prompt them to apply in due course.

Continuing Welsh-domiciled students who started a part-time course on or after 1 September 2014 can also apply now for student finance for the new academic year. SFW will contact students who started a part-time course before 1 September 2014 to prompt them to apply in early July.

Application deadlines


You should encourage your students to apply as soon as possible to ensure that their funding is ready for the start of their course.

Students whose course starts between 1 August and 31 December 2018 have until 31 May 2019 to apply for funding.

Products available


SFE

In addition to a Tuition Fee Loan, new part-time students starting a course on or after 1 August 2018 can apply for a Maintenance Loan for the first time.

  • Part-time Tuition Fee Loan. A Tuition Fee Loan covers the cost of the part-time course tuition fees charged by the university or college. The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly to the university or college in three instalments during the academic year.
  • Part-time Maintenance Loan. A Maintenance Loan helps students with their day-to-day living costs, such as rent or food. It’s paid directly to the student.

SFW

In addition to a Tuition Fee Loan, new part-time students starting a course on or after 1 August 2018 can apply for a Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan for the first time.

  • Tuition Fee Loan. A Tuition Fee Loan helps to pay the part-time tuition fees charged by the university or college. The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly to the university or college in three instalments during the academic year.
  • Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan. They help students with their day-to-day living costs, such as rent or food. The maximum total of grant and loan available is £4,987.50 and is paid directly to the student.

Electronic Signatures


Students applying for funding in AY 2018/19 will now submit their Online Terms and Conditions (OTC) via their online account with an Electronic Signature (E-Signature).

The introduction of E-Signatures means that students will enjoy an improved customer experience. We’ve removed the need for forms to be sent to us in the post and reduced the time it takes to process applications.

Resources


You can access a range of resources for partners that give more information about what students can get, how they apply and what evidence they need to complete their application.

Updated guidance for attendance management is now available following the introduction of new products for AY 2018/19.