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Funding your learning

Discover if you qualify for reduced rates or even FREE courses. Below we’ve detailed the schemes available and criteria required for individuals seeking financial assistance. If you have any questions you feel aren’t addressed, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

HEFCW Fee Waiver Scheme

If you do not hold a first degree, and are receiving certain benefits from the Department of Work and Pensions or have registered as a job seeker for at least six weeks, you may be eligible to claim all of your course fees under the HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) Fee Waiver Scheme.

More information on the Fee Waiver Scheme and Eligibility details.

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning Bursary Scheme 2013/14

The Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning is making available a limited number of bursaries from September 2010. These will provide financial support for students from lower income backgrounds, and in particular those who are not eligible for other schemes such as the Student Fee Waiver Scheme, who are enrolled on particular programmes.

More information on the Bursary Scheme.


Are you being or have you been made redundant in the last 6 months? Do you know that you may be entitled to funding for training under the Welsh Assembly Government’s ReAct Programme. For further information please contact:

Eleri Lewis
ReAct Manager
Welsh Assembly Government
Tel: 01792 765 882

Please be aware that ReAct is funded through the European Social Fund.

GO Wales

The GO Wales  Graduate Training & Development  Fund offers financial support up to £1500  for graduates (*or equivalent) working as self employed or within Welsh based SMEs. For more information contact or on 029 2087 0123 (Wed-Fri)

*graduate or any NQF Level 4 qualification (e.g. first degree, other degree, diploma in HE, HND, HNC etc…)

New Deal

Eligible jobseekers may apply for support to re-train or study in order to improve their skills, while receiving benefits. Various categories of support are available and Employers participating in New Deal may receive funding toward training New Deal employees.

Contact your Jobcentre and arrange to see a New Deal Personal Adviser to find out if you are eligible.

Additional information on the New Deal can be obtained by telephoning 0845 606 2626.

Reduced Fees

Offered by the Centre if you do not qualify for any of the Financial Assistance Schemes, you may still be eligible for concessions offered by the Centre. Reduced fee rates are shown next to the standard fee rate for each course. For example:



Reduced Fees are available to those who are in receipt of:

Or who are:

Concessionary fees may also be available to students. Please contact the centre for details.

Evidence of Entitlement

Evidence of entitlement to reduced fees must be provided at the time of enrolment. Please contact the Centre if you have any queries regarding proof of evidence.


Please note that reduced fees are not available if a sponsor is paying the fee. We are unable to reimburse or reduce costs for transport, refreshment, accommodation or other non-tuition fees that are part of the course administration. If you have any queries please contact us.

Pay by Instalment

For courses where the fee payable is over £299, payment can be made by two instalments for these individual courses (excluding online courses). The first instalment of either £220 (for courses where the fee is £299 to £419) or £275 (where the course fee is £420 or above) is required on enrolment. You will then be advised of the due date and amount of the second instalment by letter. If you have any queries in relation to this please contact our enrolment staff on 02920 870000 or

Financial Contingency Fund

The Financial Contingency fund (Access Funds / Access to Learning Fund) is government funded money administered by the Student Support Centre, which helps home students who face additional costs or experience financial difficulties whilst a student. For further information please visit The Student Support Financial Centre.or contact:The Student Support Centre


Phone: 029 2087 4844

Fax: 029 2087 4947


50 Park Place, Cathays Park

Cardiff, CF10 3BB