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Student Finance funding

If you plan not to commit to working in Wales for two years after qualifying, you can still study a healthcare course in Wales and apply for funding via Student Finance.

If you opt out of NHS funding, you will need to register your decision with the NHS Wales Student Awards Service before applying for Student Finance.

Students on the following courses can usually apply for Student Finance funding:

  • Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging (BSc)
  • Occupational Therapy (BSc)
  • Nursing (BN)
  • Midwifery (BMid)
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology (BSc)
  • Physiotherapy (BSc)
  • Dental Therapy and Hygiene (BSc)
  • Dental Hygiene (DipHE)
  • Operating Department Practice (BSc).

Please note that Postgraduate Diploma students are not eligible to apply for funding via Student Finance.

How to apply

You can apply to Student Finance to fund your tuition fees and help towards living costs based on where you normally live in the UK prior to the start of the course.

Apply online when you have accepted an offer of a place on the course:

Student Finance funding covers the following:

From 2018/19 wherever you live in the UK the funding available for tuition fees will be a Tuition Fee Loan via the Student Loan Company.

You can apply for a loan to cover the full cost of the fees. The loan is not income assessed.

You apply for the tuition fee loan as part of your online application through Student Finance.

With the exception of the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), each Student Finance authority has a funding calculator where you can check your estimated entitlement to funding over 9 months’ after costs.

You will need the gross income of your parents or your partner/spouse depending on your circumstances. Your earnings prior to the course and while you are studying are disregarded so you don’t need to include these.

Except BSc Occupational Therapy, all our healthcare courses have 5 to 15 extra weeks of attendance each year.  An additional amount of maintenance loan is added pro rata for each extra week.  The additional loan is income assessed and in most cases it is reduced when the income is over £50,000.

You apply for funding for living costs as part of your online application through Student Finance.

If you have studied previously in higher education, this will affect your eligibility and entitlement for further funding via Student Finance.

Currently, students from Wales with a first degree are not eligible to apply for further funding via Student Finance Wales to study a healthcare course in the UK.

Students from England with a first degree are not eligible to apply for further funding via Student Finance England to study a healthcare course in Wales.

If you are from Northern Ireland or Scotland, please check with your funding authority about your eligibility for further funding.

As part of your online application through Student Finance, you will be asked about any study you've undertaken previously in higher education.

Non-NHS funded students can apply for help with placement costs in the same way as NHS funded students (except for EU students who qualify for fees support only).

Help with placement travel is based on the cost of a return journey from your home (term-time address) to the placement less the cost of the return journey from your home (term-time address) to Cardiff University ie your normal commute to attend university.

If you have to pay for accommodation at your placement location, you can apply for help with this cost if you also incur accommodation costs for your normal term-time address.

You apply for help for placement costs via the University. You'll receive guidance on how to apply when you have enrolled.

If you require learning support related to a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty, there is an allowance that is not income-assessed and non-repayable that may help with associated costs of this support.

To find out more, please contact our Disability and Dyslexia team at disability@cardiff.ac.uk or dyslexia@cardiff.ac.uk.

You apply for the DSA via your Student Finance authority.

A Childcare Grant via Student Finance is available to help with registered childcare costs and a Parents Learning Allowance which is a general source of extra help as a student parent.

There is also an Adult Dependants Grant if you have a partner/spouse or another adult who you care for and is financially  dependant on you.

This extra funding is income assessed which is usually the income of a spouse or partner. Lone parent students usually qualify for maximum extra funding.

To find out more about what extra funding you may be entitled to receive, please contact the Advice and Money team.

Non-UK EU students starting in 2018/19 are eligible to apply for funding for tuition fees support.

If you decide not to work in Wales post-qualification, you need to apply for tuition fee support via Student Finance Wales.

Eligibility for support for living costs may be possible depending on how long you have been resident in the UK.

For further advice about eligibility and entitlement to funding as an EU student contact the Advice and Money team.

Getting help

If you have any queries about funding for your course, please contact the Advice and Money team:

Advice and Money Team