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

This is an outline of what is available for students from Wales for 2018–19 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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University tuition fees

Universities in Wales can charge up to £9,000 a year for undergraduate tuition. The maximum universities in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland can charge is £9,250 a year. You will not have to pay for this upfront.

Tuition fee loans

You can apply online to Student Finance Wales for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 to cover your tuition fees. The loan is non-means-tested, so it won't depend on your household income. You will have to eventually pay it back.

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. The loan is paid straight to your university.

Funding your living costs

For 2018–19 entry, students can receive both the Welsh Government Learning Grant and a maintenance loan. Please check Student Finance Wales for details about 2017-18 entry.

Welsh Government Learning Grant

You can apply online to Student Finance Wales for a means-tested grant. This will help cover your living costs. It does not need to be paid back. 

There are different amounts of grant available. It is dependent on your household income and where you live during term-time. Most students will receive a grant of at least £1,000.

If you:You can receive:
Live at home Up to £6,885
Live and study in London Up to £10,124
Live away from home and study outside of London Up to £8,100
Live and study abroad for at least one term as part of your course (including Ireland) Up to £8,100

Maintenance loan

You can apply online to Student Finance Wales for a means-tested maintenance loan. This will help cover your living costs. You will have to eventually pay this back.

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 £6,650
Live and study in London Up to £10,250
Live away from home and study outside of London Up to £8,000
Live and study abroad for at least one term as part of your course (including Ireland) Up to £8,000

Both the grant and loan are paid into your bank account at the start of each term, once you’ve registered on your course.

You can receive both the Welsh Government Learning Grant and a maintenance loan, but there is a maximum total you can receive when both are combined.

If you:You can receive a combined maximum of:
Live at home £7,650
Live and study in London £11,250
Live away from home and study outside of London £9,000

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.

Your local authority student finance office will assess your eligibility for support. The Student Loans Company (SLC) will handle the payments.

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 the Special Support Grant of up to £5,161 per year. This is based on other criteria, such as if you are a lone parent, deaf, or over 60 years old. It will not affect the amount of maintenance loan you receive. The grant is paid directly to you like your maintenance loan.

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.