Wales: fee status

Last modified: 26 June 2021

Before you look at this page, you should read our introductory information about 'Home' and 'Overseas' fees and find out if your course is higher education (HE) or further education (FE).

On this page special definitions are used for some words. They don't have the meanings used in everyday life, because they are the definitions used in regulations. Look at the Definitions section (at the bottom of this page) to find out about them. 

 

Higher Education

Last modified: 26 June 2021

Higher education (HE) courses include HNC and HND courses, undergraduate degrees (for example, BA, BSc, BEd), and postgraduate degrees (for example, MA, MSc, PhD). 

 

If you are going to start your course on or after 1 August 2021:

If you are going to start your higher education course on or after 1 August 2021, there is a special pdf guide for you, which you should read instead of this page. The only reason you should carry on looking at this page is if you think you will fit one of the following categories, in which case you should open up that category on this page:

  • Refugees, and family
  • ‘Persons with leave to enter or remain’ (family life or Appendix FM or private life or Article 8 or discretionary leave), and family
  • Those granted humanitarian protection, and family
  • Those granted stateless leave, and family
  • Those with section 67 leave, and children
  • Those with Calais leave
  • Those with leave as a victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse, and children
  • Those with leave as a bereaved partner, and children

The pdf guide you should read if you are going to start your higher education course on or after 1 August 2021 (and you do not fit one of the categories listed above) is here:

pdf guide 'Who pays 'home' fees for higher education in Wales?'

The pdf guide has been produced because particularly big changes are being made to all the categories except the ones listed above.


If you will start your course before 1 August 2021:

If you will start your course before 1 August 2021, you can carry on reading this web page.

The rules about who pays ‘home’ fees for higher education courses in Wales are set by the Welsh Government (they are not set by UKCISA). They are set out in the following sets of regulations:

The regulations identify all the different ‘categories’ of student who can insist on paying the ‘home’ rate of fee. They set out all the requirements you need to meet, to fit one those categories.

The requirements for each category are explained below. If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the ‘home’ fee rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into (if you fit more than one, that is not a problem).

1. Those who are 'settled' in the UK and meet the main residence requirements

2. Those who are 'settled' in the UK and have exercised a 'right of residence' in the EEA and/or Switzerland

3. EU nationals or British Citizens, and family

4. ‘EU Nationals in the UK’

5. Those with the 'right of permanent residence' in the UK

6a. EEA/Swiss workers, and family

6b. Child of a former EEA migrant worker

7. Child of a Swiss National

8. Child of a Turkish worker

9. Refugees, and family

10. Those granted humanitarian protection, and family

11. ‘Persons with leave to enter or remain’ (family life or Appendix FM or private life or Article 8 or discretionary leave), and family

12. Those granted stateless leave, and family

13. Those with section 67 leave, and children

14. Those with Calais leave

15. Those with leave as a victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse, and children

16. Those with leave as a bereaved partner, and children

Further Education

Last modified: 06 November 2018

This information only applies to fee status decisions being made for the 2020/21 academic year. It does not reflect the fees regulations for students commencing study in autumn 2021 or later. We are expecting the fees regulations to be amended for autumn 2021 onwards and we understand this will affect many (although not all) of the categories below, especially the EU-related ones. For what is known for students commencing study in autumn 2021, see Brexit - fees and Student Support.

Further education (FE) courses include GCSEs, AS and 'A' levels (and their equivalents), NVQs, GNVQs, BTECs, and Access courses. The info below explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on courses of FE in Wales. Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or further education (FE).

The Welsh Government provides funding to FE institutions for 'home' students. It advises institutions to determine 'home' fees eligibility using its Guide to the post-16 planning and funding framework.

The Guide to the post-16 planning and funding framework is based upon The Education (Fees and Awards) (Wales) Regulations 2007, as amended, which are primarily used for higher education (HE) fees assessment. If you are a FE student who does not appear to be eligible under the provisions in the Guide, and below, you can also check whether there is, instead, provision for you under Higher Education (Wales: fee status).

If you fit into one of the categories below, an institution must charge you 'home' fees.

1. Those who are 'settled' in the UK

2. EU/overseas territories nationals, and family

3. EEA / Swiss / overseas territories workers, and family

4. Refugees, and family

5. Person with HP, DL, ELE/ELR, and family

6. Child of a Swiss National

7. Child of a Turkish worker

8. Reciprocal exchange

9. Asylum seekers, and their dependants

10. Those aged 16-18 years

11. Recently settled

12. Spouse/civil partner of a settled person/an EEA national

13. Non-EEA citizens with three years' ordinary residence in the UK

14. Exceptional circumstances

Definitions: for fee status assessment

Last modified: 26 June 2021

This section has explanations about words and terms which occur in our information, above. These explanations should not be read in isolation but, instead, combined with the appropriate fee status category.

Dependent

European Economic Area (EEA)

European Union (EU)

First day of the academic year

Ordinary residence

Overseas Territories

Settled

UK and Islands

Relevant family members of EU nationals or British Citizens

Relevant family members of EEA workers

Relevant family members of Swiss workers

Meaning of 'child'

 

11 June 2020
Updates were made to the toggles above entitled 'Relevant family members of EU nationals', 'Relevant family members of EEA workers', and 'Relevant family members of Swiss workers', to incorporate changes to the definition of a 'civil partner'.

26 June 2021 
Changes throughout to reflect widespread changes to categories from 1 August 2021. 


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