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).

University Scholarships and Bursaries 2018/19

USW Excellence Scholarship 2018.19

The Excellence Scholarship is for new students starting a full time eligible undergraduate honours degree course at the University of South Wales in 2018/19. The Excellence Scholarship forms part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme for High Achievers and is worth £2,000 during your first year of study. Find out more.

USW Progression Bursary 2018.19

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.

Welsh-medium Scholarships 2018.19

The University is awarding ten Welsh-medium Scholarships of £1,000 for UK home students entering the University for the first time in 2018 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.

Helen Kegie Undergraduate Bursary 2018.19

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. Find out more.

Tuition Fees

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.

Social Work Bursary

Bursaries have not yet been confirmed for 2018/19 entry, but 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, Maintenance Loans and Grants available.

Please note there are a limited number of bursaries available to students and not all students will be eligible to receive the bursary. For further details on the current 2017/18 criteria and guides relating to the schemes for students resident in Wales and England visit: 

Social Care Wales

NHSBSA Social Work Bursary website

Full-Time Funding 2018/19

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 upto 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. If you are living 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.

Part-time Funding

What funding is available for new part time students in 2018/19

All eligible part time students will be able to apply for a non means tested Tuition Fee Loan

    Students from Wales may receive up to £2,625

    Students from England may receive up to £6,750

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 £4,987.50.

Additional Support for Living Costs for Students Living in England

A new part-time Maintenance Loan will be available to those starting their course from September 2018 onwards, subject to intensity of study. The maximum available would be £8,700 for those living away from home (outside of London) or £9,916 if in receipt of certain benefits and £7,324 for those living at home.

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

The application process for the 2018/19 Academic Year will usually open in Summer 2018.

Welsh students can apply via Student Finance Wales.

English students can apply via GOV.UK.

Other financial support

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.

Further information for estranged or independent students

This guide is for estranged students who are applying for independent status.

Care Leavers

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.

How to contact the Care Leaver Team

To ask further questions and start 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 also.

Previous Study

Previous study may impact in your eligibility for a student loan. 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.

Repaying your Student Loan

Information regarding when and how you repay your student loan can be found on our Repaying your Student Loan page.



The University is keen to offer support to student carers, including a Bursary from its Hardship Fund, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs).

The Carers Bursary is worth £1,000 (full-time students) and £500 (part-time/first or final year March starter students) to eligible USW students who are currently unpaid Carers. The Carers Trust definition of a carer is “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.” Please note that these duties would be in addition to the usual caring responsibilities that a parent would have for a dependent child.

Students who received the Bursary in previous academic years and students who have disclosed that they are an unpaid Carer on their current year's University enrolment form will be emailed the link to apply for the Carers Bursary following enrolment. They will be required to provide confirmation from a person, who is involved with the family on a professional basis (e.g., Social Worker, GP etc) that they are a carer and current bank statements. Students who were previously in receipt of Carer’s Allowance will need to provide proof from the Department of Work & Pensions that this has now ceased.

Carers who are paid a salary in exchange for their caring duties or are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance would not be eligible for the Bursary.

If you have any queries regarding the Carers Bursary or would like to apply, please contact the Student Money Advice Team or email hardship@southwales.ac.uk.

If you need advice regarding issues which are having an impact on your studies, please contact your Advice Zone.

Students and Benefits

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