Student in University Library

Going to University is a huge step and there is so much to think about. One of those things is how you are going to pay for your living expenses while you’re there. 

You will be invited to attend a Student Finance talk – don’t miss it! It will be packed with everything you need to know about how to apply, how much you get and how to spend it! 

In the meantime, the Student Finance Wales website is great, and has information for both students and parents. It covers tuition fee loans, living cost help, bursaries, and lots more. 

Alternatively, head to the Student Finance Wales YouTube page for loads of helpful videos.

Here is a quick rundown of what you might be entitled to: 


  • Money should not be a barrier to university as there are various sources of help – including Student Finance Wales support, as well as bursaries and grants from the university.
  • Every new full-time student can receive at least £9,000 (more if you will live in London) towards their living costs through a mixture of grants and loans. It is the amount you re-pay which depends on your household income, not the amount you receive whilst at university. (Students from the lowest income households will receive the most grants.)

Student Finance and Sharia Law

Some of our Muslim students may have questions around ‘Riba’ (interest) and Student Finance support. We suggest doing your research and speaking to others in your community who have studied at university to see if they have any advice or guidance for you, before making your own informed decision.

Remember, grants and bursaries are non-repayable and, therefore, they are not subject to interest. You can also seek out sponsored-degrees, where your fees are paid by a company. For example, Network75.

More information can be found on university websites, such as Swansea University: