Understanding student funding, making applications, receiving funding and avoiding delays.
Available funding and how to apply
In order to get funding as a home or EU undergraduate student you need to apply to your relevant student finance body before you start your course.
You can find out more about the funding available to you and how to apply for it by visiting your student funding body's website:
- Student Finance Wales - for Welsh students and EU students
- Student Finance England - for English
- Student Awards Agency Scotland - for Scottish students
- Student Finance Northern Ireland - for Northern Irish students
Once you have applied
Your notification of entitlement letter and declaration form
Once you have applied, and provided any required evidence, you will receive a notification of entitlement letter in the post. You can also find a copy in the correspondence section of your online student finance account. The notification details the tuition fee funding and maintenance funding available to you. Please check that the university, course and year of study are correct on the notification. If this information is not correct then please contact your student finance body as soon as possible.
If you applied for your funding online you will find an online declaration form with your notification of entitlement letter. You will need to sign this form and send it back to your funding body as quickly as possible to avoid delays with your funding; even if the details on your notification are not correct. The declaration is your agreement to the terms and conditions of the funding, not the amounts. Therefore if there is anything you believe to be incorrect on the notification of entitlement letter it can be amended after your declaration has been signed and returned.
It is important to sign and return your declaration as soon as possible as your student funding cannot be paid until your funding body have received this.
If you have not received your notification of entitlement letter
If you have submitted an application for funding but have not received your notification of entitlement letter then please check your application with your funding body. If you applied online your can check your online account for any tasks that need completing. If other people are involved with your application, for example your parents, then please check they have provided the information required of them.
As the declaration form normally comes with the notification of entitlement letter, no funding will be paid to you, or on your behalf, until your funding application is complete.
If you have any difficulties with your student funding application please contact the Advice and Money Team for assistance.
Receiving your funding
Maintenance funding (Home students only)
Your funding should be paid to you 3-5 working days after enrolment, so long as:
- your funding application is complete;
- you have returned your signed declaration form;
- you have enrolled; and
- picked up your student ID card.
As your student funding will not arrive until after Freshers’ week (because you enrol during this time) it is essential that you bring enough money for the first few weeks of university.
Before you arrive it is important to plan out a budget. Find out more about living expenses and budgeting.
Tuition fee funding (Home and EU students)
Visit the tuition fees section for information about how your tuition fee funding is confirmed to the University and your responsibilities to ensure your tuition fees are paid.
Amending your student finance application
If you make any changes to your chosen university or course after you have submitted an application to your funding body you can contact the Advice and Money team for guidance on changing your details.
If you have any questions about student finance or funding please contact:
Advice and Money (Cathays)
- Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 4844
Advice and Money (Heath Park)
- Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 4844
Advice and Money (Cardiff Business School)
- Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 0962