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The maximum tuition fee level that institutions in Wales will be able to charge will remain at £9,000 for 2017/18, it has been announced today (Fri 23rd Sept).

First published:
23 September 2016
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

Welsh students attending universities in other parts of the UK where fees are set to increase will gain extra support through a top-up to the financial support they receive.

The support package will include:

  • Tuition fee support consisting of a grant of up to £4,954 and a loan of up to £4,046 during the academic year 2017/18 for those studying in Wales.
  • There will be an additional fee loan made available to students ordinarily resident in Wales whose fees increase as a result of changes elsewhere in the UK. So a full-time course costing £9250 will be supported by a Tuition Fee Grant of £4954, and a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £4,296.
  • A means-tested Welsh Government Learning Grant (maintenance grant) of up to £5,161 depending on household income. 
  • A postgraduate loan scheme for students ordinarily resident in Wales should be available for students studying in 2017/18, subject to appropriate regulations being brought forward.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said:

“This decision gives certainty for those who want to go to university for the academic year 2017/18, giving people the option to study where they choose, including in England where tuition fees are set to increase. I am pleased to announce that we are also developing a new post-graduate loan scheme following our recent consultation.”

On Tuesday 27th September the findings of Sir Ian Diamond’s review of higher education funding and student finance arrangements will be published.