Tuition fee support
There are different rules around the fees you’ll be charged depending on when you started your course.
Continuing full-time students who started in academic year 2012/13 or later
Students who study at a publicly-funded university or college can be charged a maximum of £9,000.
A Tuition Fee Loan can be taken out to cover the first £3,900 of tuition fees. However if your university or college charges more than this, you can apply for a Fee Grant of up to £5,100 to cover the difference.
You can choose to take the Fee Grant only but you’ll need to pay the first £3,900 directly to the university or college yourself.
There are no restrictions on the amount private universities or colleges can charge. If your chosen course is ‘designated’ by the Welsh Government you can apply for a maximum Tuition Fee Loan of £6,000 but you won’t be eligible for a Fee Grant.
Tuition fees - studying overseas, work placements & ERASMUS
The following tuition fee rates are based on you:
- studying at a publicly funded university/college in England or Wales;
- having started your course on or after 1st September 2012; and
- applying through Student Finance Wales (or Student Finance Services if you’re an EU student).
|You’ll be:||Tuition fee charged up to:||Tuition Fee Loan available will be up to:|
|On ERASMUS and:
||£1,350||£675 (difference will be paid as a Fee Grant)|
|Studying abroad*||£1,350||£675 (difference will be paid as a Fee Grant)|
|On a work placement year of a sandwich course*||£1,800||£900 (difference will be paid as a Fee Grant)|
*with less than 10 weeks at your Welsh or English university/college.
Speak to your university or college about the tuition fees charged if you’re unsure or if your course:
- is at a university/college in Scotland or Northern Ireland;
- started before 1st September 2012.
Continuing full-time students who started in academic year 2010/11 and 2011/12
You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the amount of tuition fees that your university or college are charging up to a maximum of £3,925, depending on when you started and where you’re studying.
|You’re a:||Maximum Tuition Fee Loan available(£):|
|continuing full-time student who started in either 2010/11 or 2011/12 and are studying in Wales, Scotland or England||£3,465|
|continuing full-time student who started in either 2010/11 or 2011/12 and are studying in Northern Ireland||£3,925|
Continuing full-time students who started between academic year 2006/07 and 2009/10 or a gap-year student in 2010/11
You can apply for a Tuition Fee Grant. To be eligible for this you need to meet three conditions:
- you must normally live in Wales
- you must be studying in Wales
- you must have started your course in academic year 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09 or 2009/10 or you must have been a gap-year student in 2010/11.
If you meet the criteria above you can get a Tuition Fee Grant of up to £2,085 and a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for the first £1,380 of tuition fees that your university or college charges you.
Tuition Fee Loan Request Form
If you’ve already applied for student finance, the quickest and easiest way to change the amount of Tuition Fee Loan you want to borrow is to log in to your online account.
Alternatively you can complete and return this form.
Interest on your Tuition Fee Loan
You’ll be charged interest on your Tuition Fee Loan from the first day the money is paid to your university or college until the loan is repaid in full or written off.
You can find out what interest you’ll be charged by visiting Student Loan Repayment website.
How is it paid?
Tuition Fee Loans, Tuition Fee Grants and Fee Grants are paid directly to your university or college.
Anything else you should know?
Tuition Fee Loans, Tuition Fee Grants and Fee Grants aren’t income assessed, which means that your entitlement for these doesn’t depend on your household income.
If you withdraw from university or college after attending on the first day of term, you may be liable to pay some of your fees. If you need to discuss this further, contact your university or college.