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:
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).