Cardiff University believes that everyone who has the ability to study here should be able to do so whatever their financial circumstances.

Cardiff University bursaries

In 2015/16, 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.

The awards will be available to students beginning their undergraduate studies in September (existing students should access the intranet).

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

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.

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.