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Part-time students - Tuition fee support

New students

New part-time students studying at a publicly-funded university or college in Wales in academic year 2016/17 are able to take out a Tuition Fee Loan.

The maximum a student will be charged at a:

  • Welsh university or college is £2,625
  • UK university or college outside Wales is £6,750
  • privately funded university or college is £4,500

If the tuition fee being charged by a university or college is more than the Tuition Fee Loan available, then the student will have to fund the difference themselves (this may be the case for a privately funded university or college).

Students studying with the Open University (OU) should also apply through Student Finance Wales. Only continuing students who started their course before 1 September 2014, should continue to apply through the Open University.

When to apply

Students can apply now. They can download the Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant application form for new part-time students 2016/17 (PTL1).

Continuing students

The fee support available depends on when the student started their course. Did they start:

Tuition Fee Loan

Continuing part-time students who started their course on or after 1 September 2014, will be able to take out a Tuition Fee Loan for academic year 2016/17.

The maximum a student will be charged at a:

  • Welsh university or college is £2,625
  • UK university or college outside Wales is £6,750
  • privately funded university or college is £4,500

If the tuition fee being charged by a university or college is more than the Tuition Fee Loan available, then the student will have to fund the difference themselves (this may be the case for a privately funded university or college).

When to apply

Students can apply now. They can download the Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant application form for continuing part-time students 2016/17 (PTLC).

Fee Grant

Continuing part-time students who started their course before 1 September 2014, can apply for a Fee Grant to help pay for their tuition fees.

How much they can get is dependent on both their:

  • course intensity; and
  • income (and partner if applicable).

This table sets out the maximum Fee Grant they could get, based on the intensity of their course.

Course intensity compared to equivalent full-timeMaximum Fee Grant available
50%-59% £690
60%-74% £820
75% or more £1,025

How much of the 'Maximum Fee Grant' they receive is determined by their income and that of their partner if applicable ('Household Income'):

Household IncomeAmount of Fee Grant
Less than £16,865 Maximum Fee Grant
£16,865 to £25,435 Partial Fee Grant (at least £50)
More than £25,435 No Fee Grant

Students studying with Open University (OU) and started their course before 1 September 2014, should continue to apply to OU directly for the Fee Grant and Course Grant. They can contact Open University either by phone on 0300 303 5303 or visit www.open.ac.uk

When to apply

Students can apply now. Application forms are available to download from Student Finance Wales.



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