Wales: fee status

Last modified: 24 February 2017

Publicly funded educational institutions normally charge two levels of fee: a lower 'home' fee and a higher 'overseas' fee. Private sector institutions often have only one level of tuition fee, which all students must pay.

Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria.

Please read the information on Home or Overseas fees? before looking at our explanation of the fees regulations/guidance for your relevant area of the UK.

Remember that, in the context of the fees regulations/guidance, certain terms mean what is explained for them in the 'definitions' and not what you might interpret from an ‘everyday’ understanding of the words.

Higher Education

Last modified: 24 February 2017

This information explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a higher education (HE) course in Wales.

If you fit into one of the categories, an institution must charge you 'home' fees. In order to be eligible in a category, you must meet all the criteria required by that category, including any residence requirement.

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, and family

4. ‘EU Nationals in the UK’

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

6. EEA/Swiss workers, and family

7. Child of a Swiss National

8. Child of a Turkish worker

9. Refugees, and family

10. ‘Person with leave to enter or remain’ (humanitarian protection or discretionary leave), and family

Further Education

Last modified: 24 January 2017

This information explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on courses of further education (FE) in Wales.

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.

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: 23 February 2016

This section has explanations about words and terms which occur in our information on Home or Overseas fees? and Student support.

These explanations should not be read in isolation but, instead, combined with the appropriate fee status, or Student Support, category.


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