Wales: home fees and finance for people with family life leave

09 September 2019

Regulations for Wales provide that a "person with leave to enter or remain" and family members can be eligible for home fee status and student finance.

On 15 August, the Welsh Government published The Education (Student Finance) (Amendments to Student Eligibility) (Wales) Regulations 2019. These regulations come into force today (9 September) and widen the definition of "person with leave to enter and remain".

The definition now includes people granted leave to remain on the grounds of family life, in addition to those already covered: people granted humanitarian protection, discretionary leave, leave to remain on the grounds of private life and those granted leave outside the Rules after having been refused leave on the grounds of private life.

This change benefits students who apply for student finance this academic year. We are currently querying with the Welsh Government whether it will provide a concession to enable students to qualify for home fee status this academic year, too. The current difficulty is that the fees regulations state that a person must meet the definition on 1 September and the regulations were not amended until 9 September. We will post further information about this when we receive it.

If you are now likely to be covered by this definition and entitled to home fee status at a Welsh university or college, and student finance from Student Finance Wales (SFW), please make sure you contact your education provider and SFW as soon as possible.

Full details of any additional requirements you must meet are on our website at:

This change in the law came about as a result of a student's query to us about their fee status. It highlighted a gap in the regulations which appeared to be unfair and, as it turned out, was unintended. We are extremely grateful to the Head of Student Support Policy and Subordinate Legislation in the Higher Education Division of Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning in the Welsh Government for his very speedy reaction to our concerns resulting, we hope, in wider access for a number of students in Welsh higher education. We are also very grateful to the student who drew this to our attention and we wish them a very happy and successful time at university.