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Going through Clearing? Wondering how that will affect your student finance? Check out our helpful guide below for students in England and Wales applying for 2020 entry.

How to apply for Student Finance Wales

The easiest and quickest way is to apply through the Student Finance Wales website. Your application can be submitted in Welsh and phone calls in Welsh are also encouraged.

Proof of identity 
A requirement of your application is that you confirm your identity. You can do this by either:

  1. Filling out the UK Passport Details Form
  2. Completing a Birth/Adoption Certificate Declaration Form

How to apply for Student Finance England

You can apply via the Student Finance England website.

When submitting your application you will need your passport and National Insurance number.

Once you have submitted your application you will be given a Customer Reference Number (CRN), keep this at hand as you will need this every time you log in. The CRN will also be sent out to you in the post.

When does Student Finance close?

The closing date for Student Finance differs between England and Wales.

The deadline for students applying for 2020/21 in England is 25th May 2020.

The deadline for students applying for 2020/21 in Wales is 15th May 2020.

When applying for student finance remember you will need to apply for student finance every year.

What if I miss the deadline?

Don't worry if you miss the deadline, you still have up to 9 months after the start of the academic year to apply for student finance.

How much Student Finance will I get?

This depends on whether you're applying from England or Wales.


If you're from England then you can use the student finance calculator.

This will estimate your student loan and whether you can get extra student funding. Please have your parents or partners annual household income at hand as this will help with the results.


In order to apply for student finance in Wales, you need to meet the following criteria.

  • UK national and have lived here for the past 3 years
  • You live in Wales
  • Studying your first degree

How much you get depends on a number of factors which you can read about on Student Finance Wales.

Don't forget the deadline for Wales is 15th May, so apply online now.

If you are unsure what funding you are entitled to, there is more information available on our Student Loans and Grants page.

How do I change my course through Student Finance?

If you change your course or university through Clearing then you will need to update your online application. 

Again this is dependent on whether you are from England or Wales.

If you change your course after starting it, then you will need the University to contact Student Finance.


Once your loan is confirmed, don’t forget to submit your Online Terms and Conditions (OTC) via your online account with an Electronic Signature (E-Signature) or you won’t receive any payments at the start of term. 

Please remember that the Maintenance Loans and any Grants are paid straight into your account but your Fee Loan will go straight to the university.