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New full-time students

Tuition Fee Loans and Fee Grants aren’t income assessed, which means that their entitlement for these won’t be based on the student’s household income.

All 2017/18 figures are subject to approval by the National Assembly for Wales.

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 the student is 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.

The student can choose to take the Fee Grant only but they’ll need to pay the amount equivalent to the Tuition Fee Loan available first, directly to the university or college themselves.

Support available in 2016/17

Maximum that can be charged:Tuition 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

The student can choose to take the Fee Grant only but they’ll need to pay the first £3,900 directly to the university or college themselves.

Fee Grant criteria

To be eligible for the Fee Grant students need to meet all of the criteria below:

  • they need to meet the eligibility criteria for student finance;
  • they are domiciled in Wales and attending a publicly-funded university or college anywhere in the UK, or they are an EU student studying in Wales;
  • they are a 2012 cohort student;
  • they are studying at a publicly-funded university or college which is charging fees in excess of the maximum Tuition Fee Loan available for their course;
  • they haven’t used up all of their available support and don’t already have an Honours degree;
  • they are not eligible for an income-assessed NHS Bursary.


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