Fee Waiver

Designed to assist more people in gaining higher qualifications, Fee Waiver offers fee remission for students who are unemployed and actively seeking work or who are in receipt of DWP benefits. Eligible students can claim up to a maximum of 360 credits from the fund during their studies, which may be spread across several academic years.

There are different criteria, depending on whether you are classed as a 'new’ student – studying from 2014 onwards or 'continuing’, whereby you started studying your current course before 2014.

Who is Eligible – 'Continuing’ Students (Studying Prior to 1 September 2014)

Students must be:

  • Welsh domiciled.
  • Studying at least 10 credits on a part time basis in the academic year
  • Studying a first degree, HNC, HND or other undergraduate higher education award which is funded by HEFCW. (Students who already have any of these qualifications will NOT be eligible for a fee waiver unless you are topping up your higher national qualification to a full degree. Non credit-bearing courses and postgraduate courses do not qualify for the scheme.)
  • In receipt of certain means tested benefits/meet at least one of the conditions set out under (a) to (d) below:

(a) the student’s family is in receipt of:

Universal Credit;
Income support;
Income based jobseekers allowance;
Housing benefit;
Pension credit;
Council Tax Reduction;
Working Tax Credits

(b) the student is in receipt of:

Employment and Support Allowance;
Personal Independent Payment;
Severe Disablement Allowance;
Disability Living Allowance;
Attendance Allowance;

Information on the benefits which are listed above and the definitions of terms used in these benefits are available on the DWP website (www.dwp.gov.uk)

(c) The student is a registered jobseeker, and has been for a continuous period of no less than six weeks prior to the date of application for fee waiver.

(d) The sole income to the student’s family is Department for Work and Pensions benefits

For the purpose of the criterion (a) the definition of ‘family’ is as follows:
• married, civil partnership or unmarried couple, or
• married or unmarried couple or couple in a civil partnership with dependent children, or
• lone parent with dependent children

The maximum level of funding that can be claimed in an academic year is set at either the full cost of the course or £1200, whichever is lower. Students studying at over 50% intensity will need to apply for the Welsh Government Fee Grant in the first instance and will be awarded the maximum of £1200 from both schemes in total’ – any fees charged over that would need to be met by the student themselves.

Who is Eligible – 'New’ Students (Studying After 1 September 2014)
Students must be:

  • Welsh domiciled.
  • Studying at least 10 credits on a part time basis in the academic year, upto a maximum of under 25% intensity or less than 30 credits, as a new Part-time Tuition Fee Loan may be available over this limit.
  • Students who initially enrol on less than 30 credits and then take on more credits during the academic year will not be eligible for the Fee Waiver Scheme.
  • Studying a first degree, HNC, HND or other undergraduate higher education award which is funded by HEFCW. (Students who already have any of these qualifications will NOT be eligible for a fee waiver unless you are topping up your higher national qualification to a full degree. Non credit-bearing courses and postgraduate courses do not qualify for the scheme.)
*In receipt of certain means tested benefits/meet at least one of the conditions set out under (a) to (d) below:

(a) the student’s family is in receipt of:

Universal Credit;
Income support;
Income based jobseekers allowance;
Housing benefit;
Pension credit;
Council Tax Reduction;
Working Tax Credits

(b) the student is in receipt of:

Employment and Support Allowance;
Personal Independent Payment;
Severe Disablement Allowance;
Disability Living Allowance;
Attendance Allowance;

Information on the benefits which are listed above and the definitions of terms used in these benefits are available on the DWP website (www.dwp.gov.uk)

(c) The student is a registered jobseeker, and has been for a continuous period of no less than six weeks prior to the date of application for fee waiver.

(d) The sole income to the student’s family is Department for Work and Pensions benefits

For the purpose of the criterion (a) the definition of ‘family’ is as follows:
• married, civil partnership or unmarried couple, or
• married or unmarried couple or couple in a civil partnership with dependent children, or
• lone parent with dependent children

The maximum level of funding that can be claimed in an academic year is set at either the full cost of the course or £875, whichever is lower – any fees charged over that would need to be met by the student themselves.

Please note that students are not eligible for funding through fee waiver for repeat modules under any circumstances.

How to apply
To apply for 16/17 academic year, you’ll need to complete Fee Waiver Form 2016-17 and return it to our Revenue team at the address listed on the form.

If you are studying at a partner college you’ll need to send your completed application form to the relevant appropriate Partner College.

You can also contact the Revenue Unit who will be happy to send you an application form or respond to any queries regarding eligibility criteria.