On 22 April 2021, the Welsh Government issued the fees and student finance regulations that will determine who is entitled to be treated as a 'home' student for higher education courses in Wales that start from 1 August 2021 onwards. They dictate how European students starting new courses will be treated. The regulations are long and complex.
UKCISA is currently busy analysing the regulations. As you are probably aware, these are the biggest changes made in many years and we appreciate your patience while we do this. When our analysis is ready, we will publicise it on the UKCISA newswall. We will not be able to publish information about the eligibility criteria for each of the categories until we complete that analysis. If you wish to read the regulations yourself in the meantime, they are the Education (Student Finance) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021 (2021 No.481 (W.148)).
If you work in an institution, you might like to know that UKCISA will be delivering training on these regulations and their impact on fees assessments. You can register to receive an email when the dates for that training are announced.
New categories for groups with special status in UK
The Welsh Government has also taken the opportunity to provide for some new categories of student to be eligible for 'home' fees and student finance for academic years from 1 August 2021 onwards:
- persons granted Calais leave, and their dependent children
- persons granted leave to remain as a bereaved partner, and their children
- persons granted leave to remain as a victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse, and their children
We will be incorporating information about the new categories into UKCISA web information over the next few months.