Financial support for eligible students includes:

  • University bursaries 
  • The UWTSD Student Financial Support Fund (for students experiencing financial hardship)
  • The HEFCW part-time undergraduate fee waiver scheme
     - (for part-time undergraduate students in receipt of certain DWP benefits.

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers a wide range of bursaries that provide extra financial support for students. 

These awards include:

  • Support for students from low-income backgrounds
  • Welsh-medium / bilingual awards
  • Support for care leavers
  • Support with childcare costs
  • Career Development opportunities and Internships
  • Support with the additional course costs such as books and printing.

All bursaries are awarded subject to making a successful application through Student Services. 

See our Scholarships and Bursaries page for more information.

UWTSD Student Financial Support Fund

This is an additional source of financial support for any student who has taken out a Student Loan (if eligible) and is suffering unexpected financial hardship.

An applicant also has to prove that she/he has exhausted all other funding sources, including their overdraft provision before an application can be considered.

International students will need to evidence why the funding required for the purpose of the Tier IV visa has been exhausted and what exceptional circumstances have caused the financial difficulty 

Please note that the fund cannot be used to provide assistance with tuition fees. 

Financial support is available to any student studying at least 40 credits in an academic year. A student can apply for funding at any time during the course and can re-apply if in financial difficulties. Usually, funds are not repayable.

Funds are administered by the Student Financial Support Fund panel which is comprised of a representative from the Finance Department, Student Services and the Students' Union.

This panel meets weekly during term-time. Although formal meetings are not held during the vacation periods, applications will be considered according to staff availability. 

Apply now: Student Financial Support Fund application form

Further information

Money Support Team

HEFCW’s Fee Waiver Scheme for part-time undergraduate students

Students living in Wales who are in higher education and who study part-time may have their fees waived if they meet certain conditions, dependent on when they started their course.

Students who are studying fewer than 30 credits this academic year may have fees waived if they are studying a first degree, Foundation Degree, HNC or HND, or another undergraduate credit-bearing higher education course funded by HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales). 

Student eligibility criteria

A student enrolled on an eligible course must:

(i) be classed as eligible for funding according to the definition provided in HEFCW’s Higher Education Students Early Statistics (HESES) survey

(ii) be Welsh domiciled (provision of a Welsh address by the student would usually be considered sufficient evidence of Welsh domicile).

and meet one or more of the following conditions:

a) the student or the student’s family is in receipt of:

  • Universal Credit or its predecessors
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance

b) the student is in receipt of:

  • Carers allowance or carer’s credit
  • Disability premium or other disability-related financial support 
  • Bereavement benefits

c) be from a group which is considered to be under-represented in higher education, such as:

  • students of all ages from areas in the bottom two quintiles of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019
  • students of all ages from UK low participation in HE areas as measured by the proportion of working age adults with HE qualifications from the 2011 census (bottom two quintiles)
  • care leavers or care experienced students • students with disabilities • students from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • LGBTQ+ students
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • students with caring responsibilities
  • those studying through the medium of Welsh.

For the purpose of the criterion (a) the definition of ‘family’ is as follows: married, civil partnership or unmarried couple, or married or unmarried couple, or couple in a civil partnership with dependent children, or lone parent with dependent children.

Eligible students must be domiciled in Wales.  

For full eligibility details see the following document:

HEFCW regulations

Students who already hold a first degree, Foundation Degree, HNC or HND, or another undergraduate credit-bearing higher education course funded by HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) and who are studying for a qualification that is of the same level or lower will not be eligible for a fee waiver. Non credit-bearing courses and postgraduate courses do not qualify for the scheme.

Students are not eligible for funding to repeat a course or any modules or units within a course under any circumstances.

You should also note that this scheme is reviewed annually by HEFCW; it could be withdrawn prior to your achieving the full qualification.

If you wish to apply, please access the application form by using this link: Fee Waiver Form