Fee and Access Plan 2018/19
Our fee plan invests in activity to expand access to higher education, enhance the excellence of the student experience at Aberystwyth and support students to succeed.
Aberystwyth University is proud of the innovative and creative ways in which it is addressing issues of social justice and widening access, and our commitments in the fee plan reflect this. We will continue, through our fee plans, to provide support for a range of initiatives aimed at removing barriers to higher education, welcoming students from all backgrounds and supporting them to reach their full potential.
Through our Strategic Plan 2012 – 2107 we are committed to ensuring that all our students are able to benefit from a learning environment which is of the highest quality. Over the next five year we are investing heavily in the enhancement of our learning and teaching spaces. We will continue to work with our students to ensure that the student voice informs the use of fee income and as part of our fee plan commitments.
Our fee plan investments recognise the importance for students of employability-related skills. The best University education equips students for lives of ongoing enquiry which challenges, develops and enables them to recognise the value of the skills they possess. Through the plan, we are investing renewed resources in initiatives to prepare our students for the future, ensuring that every Aberystwyth graduate has the best possible chance of succeeding in whatever career they choose.
Overall, we are confident that the balance of work in our fee plans represents a sound investment in the development and support of our students and reflects our commitment to giving each Aberystwyth entrant the best possible experience and the best possible future thereafter.
Measures proposed in the Aberystwyth University Fee Plans include:
- Investing in a range of bursaries, scholarships and awards, including a means tested bursary scheme focused on the provision of financial assistance to students from low-income background, bursaries for students from a care background, and scholarships to reward and encourage academic excellence.
- Providing the Aberystwyth Summer University, a scheme which offers a six-week University experience to around 80 young people from areas where, traditionally, the number entering Higher Education is low.
- Enhancing the support provided to students with disabilities.
- Enhancing the provision of online learning, including lecture capture, to enable more flexible learning.
- Investment in an extensive programme of capital infrastructure enhancement to ensure that students benefit from an excellent learning environment and up-to-date IT resources.
- Investing in schemes to enhance graduate employability, including enterprise and entrepreneurship activities, alumni mentoring and work experience schemes.
The Welsh Government issued a statement in July 2017 regarding a return to the pre-2012 policy of an inflation-linked maximum tuition fee level for full-time undergraduate study.
For new Home/EU students enrolled on full-time undergraduate and PGCE courses starting in 2018, Aberystwyth University intends to charge a tuition fee of £9,295 for 2018/19. Our undergraduate tuition fees will rise for each successive year of study, mapped according to the inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Welsh Government.
This means that for a new student entering in 2018/19 the fee for your first year of study will by £9,295; it will be higher by inflation in your second year of study and higher by inflation again in your third year, and similarly for each subsequent year of study. These increases will also apply for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry.
The tuition fee increase is subject to the Welsh Government’s amendment of existing higher education regulations and approval of the University’s Fee & Access Plan. It is anticipated that the required regulatory changes being undertaken by the Welsh Government will be finalised in December 2017. The University has submitted a revised 2018/19 Fee & Access Plan to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) for approval to increase the current full-time Home/EU undergraduate fee level from 2018/19 to £9,295 with subsequent inflation linked rises.
Further information regarding UK and EU domicile undergraduate full-time tuition fees from 2018/19 will be confirmed by Aberystwyth University at the earliest opportunity and published on this page.
We will keep all applicants and students informed of the fee levels for 2018/19 and successive years of study as soon as confirmation is received from Welsh Government.
Bursaries and Scholarships
Aberystwyth offers a comprehensive range of bursaries and scholarships. These could significantly reduce the financial pressure on you obtaining a first class education at Aberystwyth.