Bursaries

We believe that everyone who has the ability to study here should be able to do so whatever their financial circumstances.

Cardiff University bursaries

In 2016/17, more than 5,000 of our students benefited from a Cardiff University bursary. They are available to full-time undergraduate students from lower income households who qualify for UK funding for living costs.*

For more information for the relevant year of entry, see below.

Cardiff University bursaries will be available to students beginning their undergraduate studies in September (existing students should access the intranet).

In order to qualify for a bursary you must be:

  • eligible for UK student funding support for maintenance and assessed by your award authority as having a household income of below £42,000 (as defined in the Student Support funding regulations)
  • 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).

In 2017, bursaries will be £1,000. This bursary relates to the 2017/2018 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.

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).

Confirmation of the bursary is sent prior to the first payment at the end of January 2018.

Cardiff University Bursaries will be available in 2018 to provide financial support to those from households where the total assessed income is less than £42,000. (existing students should access the intranet).

The £1,000 bursary is available on top of government funded maintenance grants and loans.

In order to qualify for an award you must:

  • be eligible for UK student funding support for maintenance and have an assessed household income of below £42,000 (as defined in the Student Support funding regulations)
  • be liable to pay tuition fees of £9,000 (including tuition fee remission grant, if applicable). Please note: Some students studying healthcare-related subjects may receive NHS funding, in which case, they will not be eligible for Cardiff University Bursaries.

In 2018, bursaries will be £1,000 for first year students. This bursary relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In subsequent years, where a student continues to meet the eligibility criteria, a bursary will be paid. The minimum bursary paid for continuing students will be £500.

You don’t need to apply for the Cardiff University Bursary. Your eligibility will be 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.

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.

Confirmation of the bursary is sent prior to the first payment at the end of January 2019.

Other available bursaries

There are also other bursaries available to undergraduate students. To find out more, please select your year of entry:

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.

Next Step (Communities First Award)

These awards are for students who come to Cardiff University from Welsh Communities First areas and whose household income is below £42,000.

If you are eligible, you will receive a £500 bursary in your first year. If you also participate in the University’s Step Up Plus Programme, then, in addition, you may receive either a £1,000 Cardiff University residences fee discount or a £500 travel bursary in your first year.

These payments may be made in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary.

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.

Estranged Student Bursary

Young students who are irreconcilably estranged from their families at the beginning of their course may be eligible for an additional payment of £3,000, for a typical 3 year course. These are considered on an case by case basis. The payment may be paid in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary.

Carers Bursary

The Student Carers Bursary provides financial support to student carers who are more likely to incur extra financial costs and greater challenges due to managing a caring role alongside their studies. If you are eligible you will receive a total of £3,000 over the duration of your course. Qualifying carers will be assessed on a case by case basis. These payments may be made in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary.

Armed Forces Bursary

The Armed Forces Bursary gives student veterans the financial ability to purchase items relating to their education, cover travel costs or to use as a bond should they wish to live in private accommodation. Full time students who have served in the armed forces will receive £1,000 during the first semester. These payments may be made in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary.

Asylum Seekers Opportunity Award

We are very aware that asylum seekers and the children of asylum seekers are often unable to access mainstream UK student funding. Therefore, we are making available two awards to students who are either asylum seekers or children of asylum seekers. Our awards will cover the cost of tuition and provide additional support during your studies. This award will excludes any student studying Healthcare Sciences, Dentistry or Medicine.

Next Step

This award is for students who come to Cardiff University who have participated in the University’s Step Up Plus Scheme, and whose household income is below £42,000.

You may receive either a £1,000 Cardiff University residency fee discount or a £500 travel bursary in your first year. These payments may be made in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary.

How do I find out more?

More details are available on our equality, diversity and inclusion webpages.

For details and eligibility contact:

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