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Course designation

Only institutions with automatic designation or specific designation will have their courses eligible for student support.

Automatic designation

Institutions with a HEFCW approved fee and access plan will have their full-time higher education courses automatically designated for student support.

The arrangements for part-time courses are different. One of the requirements for the automatic designation of a part-time course is that it is provided by a publicly funded educational institution in the United Kingdom. For more information on fee and access plans, contact

Specific designation

Institutions that wish for their courses to be designated for student support on a case by case basis will have to apply to Welsh Government.

Welsh Government has recently published its Policy for Specific Designation. For more information contact

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