Financial support for eligible students includes University bursaries and scholarships, the UWTSD Hardship Fund (for students experiencing financial hardship) and the HEFCW part-time undergraduate fee waiver scheme (for part-time undergraduate students in receipt of certain DWP benefits.
The University also manages the Money Doctors service which provides students with impartial advice on handling student debt, and offers all students money management guidance.
Bursaries & Scholarships
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships which provide extra financial support for students. These awards include departmental scholarships, support for students from low-income backgrounds, residential bursaries, Welsh-medium / bilingual scholarships, support for care leavers, support with childcare costs, internships, educational bursaries and awards for part-time students, postgraduate students, disabled students and international students. All bursaries and scholarships are awarded subject to making a successful application through Student Services.
This is an additional source of financial support for any student who has taken out a Student Loan (if eligible) and is suffering 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.
Financial support is available to any UK student studying at least 50% of a full-time course. 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. (EU and International students should refer to the scholarships page for information about equivalent support).
Funds are administered by the UWTSD Hardship Fund committee representing the Finance Department, Student Services and the Students' Union. This Committee meets every two weeks during term-time. Although formal meetings are not held during the vacation periods, applications will be considered according to staff availability.
Tel: 01267 676947
Tel: 01570 424722
Tel: 01792 481123
UWTSD Hardship Fund Application Form
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.
New students, and continuing students who began their courses after 1st September 2014, and 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) The fees may be waived up to the full cost of the course, or £875, whichever is the lesser sum
Continuing students who began their courses before 1st September 2014, and who are studying fewer than 60 credits this academic year may continue to 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) The fees may be waived up to the full cost of the course, or £1200, whichever is the lesser sum.
The student must either be in receipt of one of the following:
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- Carer’s Allowance
Or the student must be a Registered Jobseeker for a continuous period of no less than six weeks prior to the date of application for fee waiver
Or the sole income to the student’s family is Department for Work & Pensions Benefits
Or the student’s family must be in receipt of one of the following:
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
- Council Tax Reduction
- Working Tax Credits
Please note that for the purpose of the criterion, 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. They will need to provide recent documentation of their Welsh address such as an utility bill received within the last 3 months.
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
Complete and submit the form with documented evidence that you are domiciled in Wales (i.e. a photocopy of a recent utility bill), and of your eligibility (i.e. a photocopy of a letter from Job Centre Plus confirming the claimant’s name, address and benefit entitlement.)
Should you need help completing the form, please contact
Tel: 01267 676659
The University operates a Money Doctors service for students.
This service aims to provide students with impartial advice on handling student debt and offers all students money management guidance. The Money Doctors are especially interested in speaking to new students making personal financial decisions for the first time.
The Money Doctors will be available each week during term time, and are able to provide information regarding grants, student loans and other financial help that you may be eligible to apply for. Arrangements can also be made to meet with students who require personal assistance in monthly budgeting. We can also negotiate with banks and credit card companies on your behalf, and decipher jargon with which you may be unfamiliar!
Tel: 01267 676830
Tel: 01570 424722
Tel: 01792 481123