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Continuing students

There are different rules around the fees you’ll be charged depending 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 private university or college in Wales on a course designated by the Welsh Government No restrictions £6,165 No Fee Grant available

You can choose to take the Fee Grant only but you’ll need to pay the first £4,046 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 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
£1,385 £710 £675
Studying abroad with less than 10 weeks at your Welsh university/college £1,385 £710 £675
On a work placement year of a sandwich course with less than 10 weeks at your Welsh 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 Scotland or 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 Wales £9,000 £3,900 £5,100
Studying at a private university or college in Wales on a course designated by the Welsh Government No restrictions £6,000 No Fee Grant available

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 university/college £1,350 £675 £675
On a work placement year of a sandwich course with less than 10 weeks at your Welsh 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 in 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 £3,465.

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 cancelled.

You can find out what interest you’ll be charged by visiting our Loan Repayment website.

How is it paid?

Both the Tuition Fee Loan and Fee Grant are paid in three instalments 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, you can contact your university or college.

Student loans: terms and conditions

For information about how and when loans are repaid see the terms and conditions.

Bursaries and scholarships

You may be able to get extra help through educational grants and charitable trusts.



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