For 2012 entry, universities and colleges in England and Wales have set their tuition fees at up to £9,000 per year. Amounts charged may vary between courses as well as between different universities and colleges.
Students will not have to pay for these fees up front as they will automatically qualify for a loan. They will not have to begin paying for their course until they have finished studying and are earning more than £21,000.
This means that they will not have to find the money before they start their course or whilst they are studying, and the fees will be paid direct to their university or college on their behalf.