Tuition fee loans and financial support – if you come from Wales

This is an outline of what is available for students from Wales for 2017-18 entry. Check to find the exact dates, cost of fees and financial support available on university and student funding websites.

Note: To classify as a Welsh student, you will normally need to have lived in Wales for the three years before the start of your course. If you are unsure whether this is you, please see our information on eligibility.

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Tuition fees and loans

If you are going to university in Wales:
You can be charged up to £9,000 a year. You can apply online to Student Finance Wales for a tuition fee loan, which will cover the first £4,046 of your fees. You can then apply for a fee grant, which will pay the remaining balance of your fees up to £4,954. These are non-means-tested.

If you are going to university in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland:
You can be charged up to £9,250 a year. You can apply online to Student Finance Wales for a tuition fee loan, which will cover a maximum of £4,296. You can then apply for a fee grant, which will pay the remaining balance of your fees up to £4,954. These are non-means-tested.

All students:
You will have to pay the tuition fee loan back, but not the fee grant. Your local authority student finance office will assess your eligibility for support. The Student Loans Company (SLC) will handle the payments.

There is a deadline for applications to Student Finance Wales. This is to ensure your university has been paid by the time you begin your course. Both the loan and the grant go to your university.

Funding your living costs

You apply online to Student Finance Wales for a means-tested maintenance loan. This will help cover your living costs. The amount available to final year students is less.

There are different amounts of maintenance loan available. This is dependent on your household income and where you will live during term-time. Alternatively, you can apply for a non-means-tested loan. If you do this, the amount available will be lower.

If you:You can receive:
Live at home Up to £5,358
Live and study in London Up to £9,697
Live away from home and study outside of London Up to £6,922
Live and study abroad for at least one term as part of your course (including Ireland) Up to £8,253

The loan is paid into your bank account at the start of each term, once you’ve registered on your course.

There is a deadline for applications to Student Finance Wales, usually in late spring. This is to guarantee funds are in place for the beginning of the academic year. The latest you can apply is nine months after the first day of the beginning of your course.

What if my course is longer than 30 weeks?

You can get an extra grant. The maximum you can receive if you are:

  • Living at home is £80 a week
  • Living away from home and in London is £153 a week
  • Living away from home and outside of London is £120 a week
  • Studying overseas is £166 a week.

You may also be able to receive a partial cancellation of up to £1,500 on your maintenance loan. This is subject to the approval of the National Assembly for Wales. If you meet the criteria, the changes will occur to your balance when you begin repaying.

Extra funding

You may be eligible to receive one of two grants of up to £5,161 per a year. The grants are paid directly to you like your maintenance loan. They do not have to be paid back. They are:

  • Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG) – you can receive this if your household income is £50,020 or less. This will decrease the amount of maintenance loan you qualify to receive.
  • Special Support Grant – this is based on other criteria, such as if you are a lone parent. It will not affect the amount of maintenance loan you receive.

You may be able to get a bursary, scholarship or award from your university. There is also extra support available if you meet certain criteria, for instance if you are disabled. Read more other financial support available.

Repaying your loan

Loan repayments begin from the April after you have left university. You will also need to be earning over a certain amount. See our page on loan repayments.