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Tuition fee support


There are different rules around the fees you’ll be charged depending on when you started your course.

Students who started in 2012/13 or later

Support available in 2017/18

Maximum you can be chargedTuition Fee Loan availableFee Grant available
Studying at a public university or college in Wales £9,000 £4,046 £4,954
Studying at a public university or college in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland £9,250 £4,296 £4,954
Studying at a private university or college in the UK on a course designated by the Welsh Government No restrictions £6,165 No Fee Grant available

If you’re studying at a public university or college in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland that’s charging £9,000 or less, the maximum Tuition Fee Loan available will be £4,046.

You can choose to take the Fee Grant only but you’ll need to pay the amount equivalent to the Tuition Fee Loan available first, directly to the university or college yourself.

Studying overseas, work placements & ERASMUS

The following tuition fee rates are based on you:

  • studying at a publicly funded university/college in England, Wales or Scotland;
  • having started your course on or after 1 September 2012; and
  • applying through Student Finance Wales (or Student Finance Services if you’re an EU student).
Maximum you can be chargedTuition Fee Loan availableFee Grant available
On ERASMUS and:
  • studying abroad
  • on a work placement abroad
£1,385 £710 £675
Studying abroad with less than 10 weeks at your Welsh, English or Scottish university/college £1,385 £710 £675
On a work placement year of a sandwich course with less than 10 weeks at your Welsh, English or Scottish university/college £1,850 £950 £900

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 Northern Ireland;
  • started before 1st September 2012.

Support available in 2016/17

Maximum you can be chargedTuition Fee Loan availableFee Grant available
Studying at a public university or college in the UK £9,000 £3,900 £5,100
Studying at a private university or college in the UK on a course designated by the Welsh Government No restrictions £6,000 No Fee Grant available

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.

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).
Maximum you can be chargedTuition Fee Loan availableFee Grant available
On ERASMUS and:
  • studying abroad
  • on a work placement abroad
£1,350 £675 £675
Studying abroad with less than 10 weeks at your Welsh, English or Scottish university/college £1,350 £675 £675
On a work placement year of a sandwich course with less than 10 weeks at your Welsh, English or Scottish university/college £1,800 £900 £900

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.

Students who started 2010/11 and 2011/12

Support available in 2017/18

Maximum Tuition Fee Loan available
Studying in Wales or England £3,465
Studying in Scotland £2,895
Studying in Northern Ireland £4,030

Support available in 2016/17

Maximum Tuition Fee Loan available
Studying in Wales or England £3,465
Studying in Scotland £2,895
Studying in Northern Ireland £3,925

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 orcancelled.

You can find out what interest you’ll be charged by visiting our Repayment Quick Start Guide.

How is it paid?

Both the Tuition Fee Loan and Fee Grant are paid directly to your university or college.

Anything else you should know?

The Tuition Fee Loan and Fee Grant 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.





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