Your guide to university fees by region

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guide to university fees


We bust the myths about university fees and help you understand in simple terms what they mean for your son or daughter.

You may be confused about how there are different fees depending on where you’re from and what university your son or daughter is looking to apply to.

Fear not! It’s not as complicated as it first appears to be. Here’s a simple breakdown of the basic facts and figures.

We’ve provided a regional break-down to make things clearer for you to see at a glance. This table shows the maximum annual tuition charges for students starting university in 2012 or later depending on the location of the university and residency of the student.

Residency of student

Location of university

 

England

Wales

NI

Scotland

England

Up to £9K

Up to £9K

Up to £9K

Up to £9K

Wales

Up to £9K*

Up to £9K*

Up to £9K*

Up to £9K*

NI

Up to £9K

Up to £9K

£3,465

Up to £9K

Scotland

Up to £9K

Up to £9K

Up to £9K

No fee

EU

Up to £9K

Up to £9K*

Up to £9K

No fee

England

The average tuition fees from 1 September 2012 for a student studying in England will be between £6,000 and £9,000 a year. This varies depending on the university.

Wales*

For the Welsh we’ve marked this £9K with a star* as there a few other bits to explain. Basically, Welsh and EU students will pay the same fees as other students for their course at university, but they will receive help from the Welsh Government towards the costs.

Although Welsh universities can still charge up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees, the Welsh government provides students who come from Wales a maximum fee loan of £3,465 a year as well as a new fee grant that does not need to be repaid.

This grant amount is calculated proportional to the actual total tuition fee asked for. So if a university is charging £7000 tuition fees, and they are entitled to a maximum fee loan of £3,465, the fee grant will be £3,535. This is the same wherever they study in the UK and for students wanting to study in Wales only.  This subsidy will vary depending on the university.

Scotland

From 2012, if your son or daughter is from Scotland and going to a Scottish university they will not have to pay tuition fees. If you’re from the rest of the UK you can expect to pay up to £9K to study in Scotland. This is to make sure Scottish universities aren’t being put as the bargain option and so Scottish students have some kind of protection for their own places.

These tuition fees will be between £1,800 and £9,000 and all Scottish universities have voluntarily agreed to this upper fee limit. But legislation will be introduced to make this the most they are legally allowed to charge from 2013-14.

NI

Students from Northern Ireland will have their tuition fees rise only in line with inflation for home students for the next four years, and will be capped at £3,465 in 2012.

Students from Great Britain will pay up to £9000 per year.  Visit the Northern Ireland government website for more information.

EU

If you are from the EU and your son or daughter is planning to study in England, attending a publicly funded university, fees will be determined by the UK institution they are planning to attend. This can be up to £9000 but there are means tested financial discounts available depending on the university.

If they are an EU student studying in Scotland however, there will be no tuition fee. And if they are studying in Wales they will receive help from the Welsh government towards the costs, as explained above.

From 2012, part-time EU students may also have the option of financial support. For more information take a look at the Direct Gov website.