are tuition fees
to University Tuition Fees
to university student fees and financial support (for those who entered university
from 2012/13) came after the Browne Review of October 2010 and the subsequent
and related government proposals.
to devolved power in the separate countries of the United Kingdom, different and
confusing rules exist depending on whether you are domiciled in England, Scotland,
Wales, or Northern Ireland.
changes in tuition fees (being liable to be charged up to £9,000 per year)
applies to universities in all four countries of the UK for all English-domiciled
domiciled in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales essentially have to pay the
same tuition fees as English-domiciled students but the big difference is that
the governments of these devolved countries cover the cost of fees above a certain
level with non-repayable grants.
the fees naturally scare many soon-to-be university students, especially those
domiciled in England, there are five important things to remember about tuition
fees that need to be known in order to avoid unnecessary panic.
Students donít need to pay anything while studying.
2. Youíll only pay once
3. You will only start paying once you're earning over £21,000
4. Once you are earning £25,000 a year, your monthly repayments
will be around £30 (approximately £1 per day).
5. All outstanding
loan repayments will be written off after 30 years.
from the Republic of Ireland, and all other European Union (EU) countries, do
not have to pay the higher rates (up to £9,000 per year) that English-domiciled
students will have to pay in Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. EU regulations
mean they can only be charged at the same level as domiciled students.
fees for international students have not changed radically and will likely remain
variable and higher than those for Home and EU students.
fees are a means of funding tuition to undergraduate and postgraduate certificate
students who study at universities.
were first introduced across the entire United Kingdom in September 1998 with
students being required to pay up to £1,000 a year for tuition. However, as a
result of the establishment of devolved national administrations for Scotland,
Wales and Northern Ireland, different arrangements now exist with regard to the
charging of tuition fees in each of the countries of the United Kingdom.
England, developments in the funding of higher education were announced in January
2004 when the UK government increased the level of tuition fees that universities
were allowed to charge, to £3,000 a year. By
2010/11, maximum fees had increased to £3,290.
2009, further calls for more funding to be made available to universities resulted
in the commissioning of a report from the former chairman of BP John Browne to
look into the future of higher education funding. The Browne Review was published
on 12 October 2010 and contained proposals to remove the cap on tuition fees.
The resulting debate on the proposals sparked protests from students opposed to
any rise in tuition fees. Despite these protests the government won a vote in
the House of Commons which would result in universities eventually being able
to charge students up to £9,000 a year for the annual tuition costs of students.
and EU students do not have to pay tuition fees upfront. The Government provide
a tuiton fee loan which you do not have to repay until you are employed and earning
£21,000 per year.
devolution, tuition fees were first abolished in Scotland and replaced with charge
after graduation - the graduate endowment - to help pay for tuition. The endowment
system itself was later abolished so that all students domiciled and studying
at Scottish universities did not have to pay any fees towards their tuition costs.
Welsh Assembly, because of its limited powers in comparison with their Scottish
counterparts, remained with the caps imposed on the level of tuition as established
by the United Kingdom government. However, whereas the United Kingdom government
chose to replace means-tested maintenance grants for living expenses whilst at
university with a student loan scheme, the Welsh Assembly re-introduced these
for Welsh students either studying in Wales or anywhere else in the United Kingdom.
note this site focuses primarily on the tuition fees system payable by UK (Home)
and EU students on a full-time undergraduate degree course in the UK. The system
for international students has not changed radically and, therefore, annual fees
for international students are likely to remain unchanged and higher than those
stated on this site.