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Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015

Section 10 – Limits on student fees

31.This section requires the governing body of an institution, in relation to which a fee and access plan has been approved, to ensure that “regulated course fees” do not exceed the “applicable fee limit”, whether or not the fee plan is still in force.

32.“Regulated course fees” are defined in section 10(3). They are fees payable to the institution by a qualifying person in connection with that person undertaking a qualifying course in respect of an academic year of that course which begins during the period to which the institution’s most recently approved fee plan relates (namely the period specified under section 4). The “applicable fee limit” is the fee limit for the course and year in question which is set out in the institution’s most recently approved fee and access plan.

33.An institution which has a plan in force will be required to ensure that fees for academic years which start within the period to which the plan relates comply with the applicable fee limit. Where an institution’s plan has expired (where the period to which the plan related has ended), or where HEFCW have withdrawn their approval for a plan under either section 38 (HEFCW’s duty to withdraw approval) or section 39 (HEFCW’s power to withdraw approval), the governing body of the institution will be required to ensure that fees for academic years starting within the period to which the fee plan related continue to comply with the applicable fee limit. This means that if, for instance, HEFCW withdraw their approval of an institution’s plan, qualifying students at the institution will not lose the fee protection that would have been afforded by the fee limit during the period to which the withdrawn plan related.

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