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The Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2017

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CHAPTER 3FEE LOANS

General qualifying conditions for fee loans

17.—(1) An eligible student qualifies for a fee loan in connection with the student’s attendance on a designated course in accordance with this Part provided that the student is not excluded from qualification by the following paragraph, regulation 6 or regulation 7.

(2) An eligible student does not qualify for a fee loan in respect of an academic year if that year is—

(a)a bursary year;

(b)an Erasmus year of a course provided by an institution in Northern Ireland; or

(c)an Erasmus year of a course provided by an institution in England, Scotland or Wales where the course began before 1 September 2012.

(3) Paragraph (2) does not apply in relation to an accelerated graduate entry course.

Fee loans in respect of courses beginning before 1 September 2012: eligible student who is a 2010 cohort student or a 2011 cohort student

18.—(1) An eligible student qualifies in accordance with this regulation for a loan in respect of the fees payable by the eligible student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with the eligible student’s attendance on a designated course which began before 1 September 2012.

(2) Unless paragraph (3) applies, the amount of a fee loan in respect of an academic year of a designated course must not exceed the lesser of—

(a)£3,465 or, where one of the circumstances in regulation 16(7) applies, £1,725; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(3) Where an eligible student qualifies for a fee loan under this regulation in respect of a designated course provided by an institution in Northern Ireland, the amount of fee loan in respect of an academic year of the designated course must not exceed the lesser of—

(a)£4,030 or, where one of the circumstances in regulation 16(7) applies, £2,005; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(4) Where an eligible student has applied for a fee loan of less than the maximum amount available in relation to an academic year, the eligible student may apply to borrow an additional amount which when added to the amount already applied for does not exceed the relevant maximum applicable in the eligible student’s case.

(5) This regulation does not apply in relation to a student if the student qualifies for a fee grant and the course is a qualifying designated course.

(6) This regulation does not apply to an eligible student who is a 2012 cohort student.

(7) This regulation does not apply to an eligible student who is a 2012 accelerated graduate entry student.

New fee loan in respect of courses beginning on or after 1 September 2012

19.—(1) An eligible student who is a 2012 cohort student qualifies in accordance with this regulation for a new fee loan in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, the 2012 cohort student’s attendance on a designated course provided by a body listed in regulation 5(1)(e).

(2) A new fee loan is not available in respect of an academic year if that year is—

(a)a bursary year;

(b)an Erasmus year of a course provided by an institution in Northern Ireland; or

(c)an Erasmus year of a course provided by an institution in England, Scotland or Wales where the course began before 1 September 2012.

(3) The maximum amount of new fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course where none of the circumstances in regulations 16(7), 16(8), 16(9) or 16(10) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£4,046; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(4) The maximum amount of new fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course where one of the circumstances in regulation 16(7) or 16(8) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£1,940; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(5) The maximum amount of new fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course where regulation 16(9) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£900; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(6) The maximum amount of new fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course where regulation 16(10) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£675; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(7) Where a 2012 cohort student has applied for a new fee loan of less than the maximum amount available in relation to an academic year, the 2012 cohort student may apply to borrow an additional amount which, when added to the amount already applied for, does not exceed that maximum.

(8) This regulation does not apply to a 2012 cohort student who qualifies for a new private institution fee loan.

(9) For the purpose of this regulation a course is to be treated as being provided by or on behalf of a recognised educational institution where—

(a)an institution was a recognised educational institution on the first day of the first academic year of that course;

(b)that institution has ceased to be a recognised educational institution; and

(c)the Welsh Ministers have designated that course under regulation 5(8).

Additional fee loan in respect of courses beginning on or after 1 September 2012

20.—(1) An eligible student who is a 2012 cohort student qualifies in accordance with this regulation for an additional fee loan in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, the 2012 cohort student’s attendance on a designated course provided by a body listed in regulation 5(1)(e).

(2) An additional fee loan is available in respect of a designated course where the fees payable by the student in respect of or otherwise in connection with that year exceed the amount specified in paragraph (3) (b), (4)(b), (5)(b) or (6)(b) as the case may be.

(3) The maximum amount of additional fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course where none of the circumstances in regulation 16(7), 16(8), 16(9) or 16(10) apply is the lesser of—

(a)£250; and

(b)the amount by which the fees payable by the student exceed £9,000.

(4) The maximum amount of additional fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course where one of the circumstances in regulation 16(7) or 16(8) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£125; and

(b)the amount by which the fees payable by the student exceed £4,500.

(5) The maximum amount of additional fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course where one of the circumstances in regulation 16(9) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£50; and

(b)the amount by which the fees payable by the student exceed £900.

(6) The maximum amount of additional fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course where one of the circumstances in regulation 16(10) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£35; and

(b)the amount by which the fees payable by the student exceed £675.

(7) Where a 2012 cohort student has applied for an additional fee loan of less than the maximum amount available in relation to an academic year, the 2012 cohort student may apply to borrow an additional amount which, when added to the amount already applied for, does not exceed that maximum.

(8) This regulation does not apply to a 2012 cohort student who qualifies for a new private institution fee loan.

(9) For the purpose of this regulation a course is to be treated as being provided by or on behalf of a recognised educational institution where—

(a)an institution was a recognised educational institution on the first day of the first academic year of that course;

(b)that institution has ceased to be a recognised educational institution; and

(c)the Welsh Ministers have designated that course under regulation 5(8).

New private institution fee loan

21.—(1) An eligible student who is a 2012 cohort student qualifies in accordance with this regulation for a new private institution fee loan in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, the 2012 cohort student’s attendance on a designated course provided by a private institution.

(2) A new private institution fee loan is not available in respect of an academic year if that year is—

(a)a bursary year;

(b)an Erasmus year of a course provided by an institution in Northern Ireland; or

(c)an Erasmus year of a course provided by an institution in England, Scotland or Wales where the course began before 1 September 2012.

(3) The maximum amount of new private institution fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course provided by a private institution where none of the circumstances in regulation 16(7), 16(8), 16(9) or 16(10) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£6,165; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(4) The maximum amount of new private institution fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course provided by a private institution where one of the circumstances in regulation 16(7) or 16(8) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£3,080; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(5) The maximum amount of new private institution fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course provided by a private institution where regulation 16(9) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£1,230; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(6) The maximum amount of new private institution fee loan available under this regulation to a 2012 cohort student in respect of an academic year of a designated course provided by a private institution where regulation 16(10) applies is the lesser of—

(a)£920; and

(b)the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year.

(7) Where an eligible student has applied for a new private institution fee loan of less than the maximum amount available in relation to an academic year, the eligible student may apply to borrow an additional amount which, when added to the amount already applied for, does not exceed that maximum.

(8) A new private institution fee loan is not available in respect of an eligible student’s attendance on a course where that course is provided on behalf of a recognised educational institution by a body in regulation 5(1)(e)(ii) or (iii).

Accelerated graduate entry fee loan

22.—(1) A 2012 accelerated graduate entry student qualifies in respect of, or otherwise in accordance with, the 2012 accelerated graduate entry student’s attendance on a designated course which is an accelerated graduate entry course for an accelerated graduate entry fee loan and an additional accelerated graduate fee loan in accordance with this regulation.

(2) An accelerated graduate entry fee loan and an additional accelerated graduate entry fee loan are not available in respect of an academic year which is an Erasmus year.

(3) An additional accelerated graduate entry fee loan is only available in respect of a designated course which is an accelerated graduate entry course where the fees payable by the student in respect of, or otherwise in connection with, that year exceed £5,535.

(4) The amount of an accelerated graduate entry fee loan in respect of an academic year of a designated course which is an accelerated graduate entry course must not exceed the lesser of—

(a)£5,535; or

(b)the amount by which the fees payable by the 2012 accelerated graduate entry student exceed £3,465.

(5) The amount of an additional accelerated graduate entry fee loan in respect of an academic year of a designated course which is an accelerated graduate entry course must not exceed the lesser of—

(a)£250; or

(b)the amount by which the fees payable by the student exceed £5,535.

(6) Where a 2012 accelerated graduate entry student has applied for an accelerated graduate entry fee loan or an additional accelerated graduate entry fee loan of less than the maximum amount available in relation to an academic year, the 2012 accelerated graduate entry student may apply to borrow an additional amount which, when added to the amount already applied for, does not exceed that maximum.

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