We offer our Progression Bursary to college students who choose to top-up their University of South Wales accredited HND or foundation degree to a full honours degree through a full-time top up course at one of our USW campuses. Worth £500, this bursary could provide financial support towards your travel, living and study costs while studying at a University of South Wales campus.
The University is awarding Welsh-medium Scholarships of £1,000 for UK home students entering the University for the first time in 2019 who commit to study at least 40 credits of an eligible degree course through the medium of Welsh. Scholarships are also available through the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
For students aiming to study within the subject areas of Social Work, Youth Work or Early Years, the Helen Kegie Bursary is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate a strong knowledge of their subject area and a high degree of ability to reflect and link theory to practice. The bursary is aimed at students who have a permanent postal address with a CF or NP postcode and come from a low-income background.
The USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme is a new scheme providing support to a limited number of eligible refugees via free English language tuition prior to starting an undergraduate course at the University.
Our Sports Scholarship is available to students performing to a high standard in their chosen sport, and representing the University in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) league. It is designed to support potentially elite athletes and sports people who are competing at least at junior national or international level in their sport.
Please find specific information regarding your course fees on the applicable course page.
If you have any queries regarding the cost of tuition fees then please contact the Revenue Unit by emailing email@example.com
Details regarding the University's available payment plans can be found on our Revenue Team's pages.
You would usually apply to the funding provider for where you are ordinarily resident.
When you are studying there will be two main costs:
You can get student finance to help you with both costs.
Tuition Fee Loans are non-means tested and you can borrow up to the maximum amount to cover your fee charge each academic year (if you have previously studied this may affect your entitlement).
Some maintenance funding is based on the level of household income. This can be:
The amount of maintenance support you receive will also depend upon where you live during your studies, i.e. whether you live away from home or with your parents.
You will need to apply for your funding before stating your course, the earlier the better, and you will have to reapply for funding every academic year.
To find out how to apply for your funding and the maximum support available from each funding provider please see our Student Loans information.
All eligible part-time students will be able to apply for a non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan
Students may receive up to £2,625 for fees.
Additional Support for Living Costs for Students Living in Wales
Eligible part time students living in Wales and commencing a course after 1 September 2018 will be eligible to apply for support for living costs via a Welsh Government Learning Grant and a Maintenance Loan. The level is based on the £1,000 minimum grant available to full-time students, so a part-time student studying at 50% of full-time hours would receive a minimum grant of £500. The level of further grants and loans are dependent on the number of hours (i.e. the intensity) of study and household income. The maximum amount of combined loan and grant available to a student studying 75% intensity is £5,111.25
Additional Support for Living Costs for Students Living in England
A new part-time Maintenance Loan is now available to those starting their course from September 2018 onwards, subject to intensity of study. The maximum available would be £8,944 for those living away from home (outside of London) or £10,194 if in receipt of certain benefits and £7,529 for those living at home.
Applications for Welsh residents starting in 2019/20 are available via Student Finance Wales
Applications for English residents starting in 2019/20 are available via GOV.UK
You may be able to get extra funding if you have
adults or children who are financially dependent on you. This extra funding can
You will need to apply to your funding provider for further information.
There are a number of ways that you can be classed as an Independent Student by your funding body, and therefore assessed on your income alone. Below are details of some of these ways.
If you are over 25 and single at the start of the academic year, you will automatically be assessed as independent.
Financially Supported Yourself
If you are under 25 and can evidence that you have been financially supporting your self for three years prior to the start of the course you may be able to be classed as an independent student. You would usually have to provide Student Finance with payslips, P60s and /or evidence of benefits claims and possibly evidence of rental agreements to evidence that you had enough independent income to support yourself and your living costs throughout these three years.
Estranged from your Parents
If you are under 25 and have become permanently estranged from both parents, then you may be able to be assessed as an independent student when applying for student funding. This could mean that you would receive more support or more grants than you otherwise would have done, as you can be assessed as an independent student.
You will need to provide evidence to Student Finance from an independent person e.g. social worker, school teacher, doctor etc. who can confirm the estrangement and that this estrangement has been for a considerable period of time and would be considered permanent. You may be required to provide evidence that this situation is continuing every academic year.
If you would like more help and support in applying for this, please contact us.
As a Care Leaver, you can be assessed as independent.
In addition to the support offered through your funding body, the University of South Wales is committed to providing support for students from care and those leaving care who want to go on to higher education.
We at the University of South Wales can help you at every stage of your university experience, with specialist help and advice before, during and after you are a student with us – leaving you to concentrate on your studies and enjoy university life.
To ask further questions and start to access the support available to you as a Care Leaver please contact the Care Leaver Coordinator
If you not quite sure if you qualify as a Care Leaver please contact us and we can advise you further. If you are a social worker or work on behalf of an organisation such as Barnardos please feel free to contact us also.
For further information on being assessed as an independent student, please see your Student Finance provider's website.
The University is keen to offer support to student carers, including providing a Bursary from its Student Support Fund to help those who are in need of financial support, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs). Find out more.
Whether you are eligible for a Social Work Bursary will depend on whether you have been nominated for a bursary by the University and where you are ordinarily resident.
If you qualify for a Social Work Bursary, this would be paid in addition to the statutory funding you may receive, e.g. Tuition Fee Support (if you do not already hold an honours degree), Maintenance Loan (and Grants, if applicable). Please note there are a limited number of bursaries available and not all students will be eligible to receive the bursary.
If you are ordinarily resident in
England or Wales please see more information via the links below:
Please note that Bursaries are not currently available to students ordinarily resident in Scotland or Northern Ireland but studying Social Work courses in Wales - please see below for further information: