Undergraduate Home Fees and Funding

While you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There’s lots of ­financial help available from the Student Loan Company, the University and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

USW Progression Bursary 2020/21

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.

Find out more.

USW Birmingham Metropolitan College Bursary 2020/21

If you are a student studying at Birmingham Metropolitan College then we want to help you to achieve your ambitions. We offer our BMet Bursary to Birmingham Metropolitan college students who choose to progress to study a University of South Wales full honours degree at a University of South Wales campus.

Find out more.

Welsh-medium Scholarships 2020/21

The University is awarding Welsh-medium Scholarships for UK home students entering the University for the first time in 2020 who commit to study at least 40 credits of an eligible degree course through the medium of Welsh. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Scholarships are also available. 

Find out more.

Refugee Sanctuary Scheme

The USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme is a scheme providing support to a limited number of eligible refugees via free English language tuition prior to starting an undergraduate course at the University.  

Find out more

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 revenue@southwales.ac.uk

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:

  •  your tuition fees and
  •  your living costs (maintenance).

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:

  • your parents
  • or if you are over 25 years old or meet other criteria (such as being estranged, a Care Leaver or being financially self-sufficient for 3 years before starting your course), you will be classed as an independent student and assessed on your own income. 
  • or if you are married or are over 25 and living with a partner as a couple, then your partner's income would usually be taken into account.

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.

Universities in Wales under the requirements of the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015 publish a Fee and Access Plan on an annual basis.  This plan sets out how the University will invest its fee income in order to attract, retain and support students who are under-represented in higher education. 

For its 2021/22 Fee and Access Plan, the University of South Wales has committed to the following objectives:

1. To increase the student population from students from the following backgrounds:

  • the bottom two quintiles of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 
  • students with disabilities
  • students from BAME backgrounds
  • care leavers
  • students studying through the medium of Welsh

2. Provision of effective information and support to students before and during their studies

3. Providing an excellent student experience

4. Promoting the value of higher education in supporting routes to employment

5. Promoting Welsh HE in an international marketplace

6. Promoting Welsh HE in the provision of continuing professional development to the local economy

7. Promoting the progression of students from our HE in FE provision to complete their degree studies

8. Promoting the impact of Welsh HE in relation to research and innovation

9. Promoting the impact of Welsh HE in generating new business in Wales and beyond.

Download the Fee and Access Plan for 2017/18
Download the Fee and Access Plan for 2018/19
Downlaod the Fee and Access Plan for 2019/20
Download the Fee and Access Plan for 2020/21
Download the Fee and Access Plan for 2021/22

What funding is available for new part-time students in 2020/21.

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 2020 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 £5,433.75.

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 2020 onwards, subject to intensity of study. The maximum available would be £9,203 for those living away from home (outside of London) and £7,747 for those living at home.

Applying for part-time grants (if applicable) and loans

Applications for Welsh residents starting in 2020/21 will be available via Student Finance Wales.

Applications for English residents starting in 2020/21 will be 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 include:-

  •       Adult Dependants’ Grant (ADG)
  •       Childcare Grant (CCG)
  •       Parents’ Learning Allowance (PLA)

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.

There is a helpful guide for estranged students who are applying for independent status and there is further advice and support available through Stand Alone.

If you would like more help and support in applying for this, please contact us.

Care Leaver

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.




Northern Ireland

The University of South Wales is committed to providing support for students from or leaving care who want to go on to higher education.

We are a member of CLASS (Care Leaver Activities and Student Support) Cymru partnership, who share best practice relating to care leavers across higher education institutions in Wales. 

Support we offer in addition to USW's regular support:

  • Care leaver bursary for students who are classed as ‘home’ students - (currently £1000* per year for full time students, £500* for part time students). 
  • A named contact  
  • Access to 365 day accommodation for full time students (payment and terms and conditions must be met by the student).

To be eligible for this support students need to be under the age of 25  and the following criteria* must be evidenced; 

To satisfy one of the following: 

  • To be in the care of a Local Authority or 
  • Have been in the care of a Local Authority within the 3 years prior to commencing your course  
  • Have left the care system but are still receiving support from their local authority or an organisation such as Barnardos etc. 

* Subject to change 

Do I qualify?

If you are 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 at careleavers@southwales.ac.uk.

Student Money Advice

The Student Money Advice Team supports students with:

  • Applying for student funding e.g. loans and grants
  • Additional funding available such as bursaries and grants
  • Financial advice including budgeting and money management

Please note that funding allocations are subject to change, please check https://studentmoney.southwales.ac.uk/student-funding-advice/for up-to-date information. 

GO Wales at University of South Wales 

If you are under 25 and in full-time higher education, GO Wales can support you in finding career-relevant work experience that fits around your studies. See https://careers.southwales.ac.uk/gowales/ for more information.  

First Campus

We work very closely with the First Campus Reaching Wider Partnership to encourage young care leavers into higher education. You can find more information and contact details at: www.firstcampus.org/

You can also contact the University’s Student Recruitment Team for further support. 

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:

England - NHSBSA Social Work Bursary website

Wales -  Social Care Wales

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:

Scottish students

Northern Irish students

Previous study may impact on your eligibility for student finance support. Please find further information regarding previous study rules on our Previous Study page and we encourage you to Contact Us or your funding provider if you have any further queries. 

Details regarding how and when you will repay any student loans can be found on the Government website.

Some students may be entitled to state benefits or tax credits while studying. Please see our Student and Benefits page for further information.