Fees and Funding information

A higher education course is an investment in your future. There are costs associated with learning, whether it’s the time you invest or the tuition fees for your course. Financial assistance is available for higher education students, so studying may be more affordable than you first thought. Depending on your personal circumstances, you could be eligible for a range of grants, loans and allowances to help with tuition fees and living costs.

Course fees

For the 2017-18 academic year, full-time course fees for an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree are £7,500 per year. The full-time fee for a Certificate of Higher Education or top-up degree is £9,000 per year. Welsh students will only need to pay £4,296* per year for a full-time course as the remainder of the fee is covered by a Welsh Government Fee Grant for eligible students. For information on part-time fees, visit: www.southwales.ac.uk/money

Additional help

Once you’ve completed your University course at your local college, you may decide to top-up to a full-time Honours degree at one of the University’s campuses. If you do, you may be eligible for further financial support through Student Finance Wales, as well as a bursary. This Progression Bursary** can help towards your travel, living and study costs.

Additional costs

As well as paying for books and electronic essentials, there may be additional costs for some courses. This could include field trips, art supplies or studio time. Be sure to ask about these costs at a college Open Event.


Financial support is available via Student Finance Wales. You can choose to pay tuition fees upfront or defer payment by applying for a Tuition Fee Loan. Full-time students may also be eligible for a means-tested Welsh Government Learning Grant of up to £5,161* per year and/or a Maintenance Loan to help with your living costs. You will only need to start paying back your loans once you’re earning over £21,000 per year.
Students who have an adult dependant or child may also be able to apply for additional support through the adults Dependants Grant, Parents Learning Allowance or Childcare Grant. This support is means-tested against household income and whether you qualify will depend on your individual circumstances. Student finance information, along with how to apply and eligibility checkers, are available online at: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

*All 2017-18 figures are subject to approval by the National Assembly for Wales.
Please check our website for the latest information before you apply.
** Reviewed yearly. For up-to-date information visit: www.southwales.ac.uk/money