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Cardiff University Bursary

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

In 2018, more than 5,000 of our students benefited from a Cardiff University Bursary.


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 £35,000 (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.

Amount awarded

In 2020, bursaries will be £1,000 for first-year students. This bursary relates to the 2020/21 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.

The £1,000 bursary is available on top of government-funded maintenance grants and loans, and is paid in two instalments via the Student Loans Company.

How to apply

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.

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 Cardiff University Bursary. This information is needed to assess your eligibility.

Confirmation of the bursary will be sent prior to the first payment at the end of January 2021.

Find out more

For more details about this bursary, please contact the Bursaries and Scholarships team.

Bursaries and Scholarships