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Cardiff University is committed to ensuring that everyone who has the ability to study at Cardiff is able to do so whatever their financial circumstances. Cardiff University Bursaries are available in 2015 to provide additional financial support if you are from a lower income background. This money is available on top of government funded maintenance grants and loans.

Who will be eligible for the bursaries?

Around 40% of our students will benefit from Cardiff University Bursaries. They are available to full-time undergraduate students from lower income households who qualify for UK funding for living costs*. The awards will be available to students beginning their undergraduate studies in September 2015*.

In order to qualify you must be:

  • eligible for UK student funding support for maintenance and assessed by your award authority as having a household income of below £50,020**
  • liable to pay tuition fees of approximately £9,000 (Including tuition fee remission grant, if applicable.)

Please note: NHS funded students are not eligible for Cardiff University bursaries because the NHS provides alternative funding support. You should read the terms and conditions for full information about eligibility (see right hand side column).

How much is the Cardiff University Bursary?

In 2015, bursaries will be £1,000. This bursary relates to the 2015/16 academic year. Details of any bursaries available in future years will be posted on our website closer to the time.

You don't need to apply for the Cardiff University Bursary

Eligibility is determined through the statutory means test conducted by your UK student funding body to determine qualification for state grants and loans, so you won’t need to apply for a Cardiff University Bursary separately***. Confirmation of the bursary is sent prior to the first payment at the end of January 2016.

Care Leavers Bursary

Students who declare in their UCAS application that they are in care, may be eligible to receive an additional payment of £3,000. This payment may be paid in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary. An applicant must have been in care for 3 months since the age of 16 or 6 months from the age of 14, and under 25 at the start of the academic year their course commences.

Communities First Award

Communities First Awards are for students who come to Cardiff University from Welsh Communities First areas and have a household income below £50,020. Eligible students receive either a £1,000 university residence fee discount or £500 travel bursary in their first year. This payment may be paid in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary.

To find out if you have a Communities First postcode please visit our Communities First Postcodes page.

Next Step bursary

Next Step bursaries are for students who come to Cardiff University having previously participated in the Step Up to University scheme and have a household income of under £50,020. Eligible students receive £1000 in the first year of study. This payment may be paid in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary.


* Existing students should refer to the Student Support section of the University website.
** As defined in the Student Support funding regulations.
*** Please note that as part of the conditions of being assessed for a bursary the University will need to receive your data from your award authority regarding your household income. Therefore, you will need to ensure that you do not tick the box on the assessment form to withhold consent to share this information if you wish to be considered for the University bursary. This information is needed to assess if you are eligible for a bursary.

Please read our full terms and conditions (in the right hand side column). 

How do I find out more?

For more information contact:
Sheila King: +44 (0)29 2087 9128
Helen Kerrigan: +44 (0)29 2087 9320

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