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Fee Waiver

Please read the details below before applying:

The Scheme

With the support of Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) Cardiff University is offering a fee waiver scheme for eligible students. Under this scheme, up to £1,200 can be claimed to support part-time tuition fees. To be eligible for the scheme a student or their family must be in receipt of certain Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits or have been registered as a job seeker for at least 6 weeks. Full eligibility criteria and the application form can be found below. The Application Form should be submitted with the Enrolment Form.

Course Eligibility

The scheme only applies to accredited courses. Short courses for professional development are not eligible for the fee waiver scheme

Students should not be studying more than 110 credits in an academic year.

Students who already have the following qualifications are not eligible for the scheme

Students who have already claimed funding for 360 credits are not eligible for further funding.

Funding is not available for repeat courses.

Personal Eligibility

Students should be Welsh domiciled.

Students should not be in receipt of a Welsh Assembly Government Part-Time Fee Grant

Earnings Criteria

A student enrolled on an eligible course must meet at least one of the conditions set out in (a) to (d) below:

(a) The student’s family is in receipt of :

  1. Income Support or
  2. Universal Credit or
  3. Income-based jobseekers allowance or
  4. Pension Credit or
  5. Housing Benefit or
  6. Council Tax Reduction or
  7. Working Tax Credit

(b) The student is in receipt of :

  1. Severe Disablement Allowance
  2. Disability Living Allowance
  3. Attendance Allowance
  4. Incapacity Benefit
  5. Carer’s Allowance
  6. Employment and Support Allowance
  7. Personal Independence Payment

(c) the student is a registered job seeker, and has been so for a continuous period of no less than six weeks prior to the date of application

(d) the sole income to the student’s family is DWP benefits

A family is defined as:

  1. mature single student, or
  2. married or unmarried couple, or
  3. a couple in a civil partnership or
  4. married or unmarried couple with dependant children, or
  5. lone parent with dependant children.

Earnings Evidence

Evidence of benefits must be provided at the time of enrolment, which may be in the form of:
1. the completed application form, which can be found at the bottom of this page, or
2. in the case of those in receipt of the benefits listed above a copy of the “award Letter” may be submitted if preferred.

Changes in Circumstances

Should your circumstances change and you are no longer entitled to a fee waiver, you should advise the Centre for Lifelong Learning, whereupon the remaining proportion of the tuition fee may be payable.

How to Apply

Download Fee Waiver Application Form – (Bilingual)

If you fulfil the above criteria, then apply for the fee waiver. Complete section A. You need to provide evidence that you are eligible and there are two ways you can do this:

1. Have Section B certified by the relevant government agency, or

2. Attach a copy of evidence of your eligibility, for example:

  1. A letter from the DWP, Local Council or Jobcentre confirming entitlement,
  2. A “notice” in the case of Working Tax Credit,
  3. A copy of the cover and first page of your or your families benefit book confirming your name and address and the type(s) of benefits you are receiving.

Post the fee waiver form to the Centre along with your evidence of benefits and your enrolment form. Please contact us if you need further help and advice