Date Published: 14.02.2024
Status: Past
Type: Equal Treatment and/or non-discrimination
Outcome: Early case resolution

Welsh Government/ Llywodraeth Cymru, Student Finance Wales Guidance

Summary of Information  

In September 2023, the IMA made enquiries with Welsh Government/Llywodraeth Cymru regarding Student Finance Wales’ on-line guidance relating to student finance for applicants to the EUSS; specifically, applicants in Wales and in possession of a Certificate of Application only (i.e., do not yet have pre-settled or settled status under the EUSS). 

The IMA was concerned that the guidance could lead to confusion for prospective students in Wales thereby leading them to think that they are not eligible for funding when they may be eligible.  

Summary of actions and evidence  

Upon receiving correspondence from the IMA, Welsh Government confirmed that:  

  • Welsh Government and Student Loans Company (who operate the Student Finance Wales website) are conscious of protecting the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens, including those possessing only a Certificate of Application to the EUSS, in respect of applying for student finance.
  • Student Loans Company has updated its Student Finance Wales website guidance (and further webpage here) to make it clearer for citizens with only a Certificate of Application to understand their right to be able to apply for student finance. 

Summary of Decision 

Based on the actions that Student Loans Company has undertaken, as directed by Welsh Government, the IMA believes that the potential concerns identified are resolved, with the issue concluded as an Early Case Resolution. 

This decision does not prevent the IMA from acting further should matters of concern arise in relation to the ability of EU and EEA EFTA citizens with EUSS status, or with only a Certificate of Application, to apply for student finance. The IMA would encourage affected citizens to continue to report any issues, whether related to this issue or otherwise.  

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