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1 Undergraduate Funding Guide

2 Content Tuition Fees 2 Living Costs 3-4 Additional Support 5 Applying 6 Budgeting 7-8 Cost of Living in Cardiff 9 Student Loan Repayments 10 PLEASE NOTE The information in this booklet is based on the best information available at the time of publishing. However, such information is subject to change, often with very little notice. Please refer to the websites of the funding providers for up to date information (page 6). To discuss your individual circumstances, please contact the Student Support Centre. The figures in this booklet relate to English and Welsh domiciled students starting University in However we don t expect there to be many changes for These figures will give an estimate of the support available in Students from Scotland, Northern Ireland or The European Union can refer to the following websites for more information: Students who normally live in Scotland: Students who normally live in Northern Ireland: Students from non-uk EU countries: This guide does not detail funding for NHS courses. If you would like information about funding for an NHS course, please contact the Advice & Money Team February 2014 Edition

3 Tuition Fees Cardiff University will be charging 9,000 Tuition Fees for Full time Undergraduate Courses in 2014/15 Eligible students won t have to pay tuition fees up-front, or while they are studying. Instead, students will be able to defer payment of fees by taking out a non meanstested Tuition Fee Loan, which they repay in exactly the same way as the Maintenance Loan when earning over 21,000 per year. The Tuition Fee Loan is available to cover the whole amount of fees being charged. The money will be paid direct to the university in 3 termly instalments to cover the cost of the fees. However, if students don t want to take out the Tuition Fee Loan and want to pay the fees upfront, the university will make arrangements to do this. Welsh Domiciled Students: Eligible students who normally live in Wales benefit from a Tuition Fee Grant wherever they study in the UK. Tuition fees for Welsh domiciled students are the same as English domiciled students. However, Welsh domiciled students will only be liable for the first 3,685 of their fees, for which they can take a Tuition Fee Loan. The Welsh Government pay the remaining fees direct to the university via a non means tested Tuition Fee Grant. To receive the maximum amount of Tuition Fee Grant, your fee liability must be the maximum 9,000. You need to apply for the Tuition Fee Grant, as this grant is not awarded automatically. See page 6 for information on how to apply for the Tuition Fee Loan and Grant.

4 Support towards living costs English Domiciled Students Maintenance Grant Maintenance Loan The amount of support available to you towards your living costs depends on your household income. For students studying in , it will be based on the household income in tax year. The support available comes in two forms: a Maintenance Grant (non repayable) and a Maintenance Loan (repayable). Household Income (sample) Maintenance Grant Maintenance Loan Total per year Up to 25,000 3,387 3,862 7,249 35,000 1,494 4,808 6,302 45, ,341 5,341 62, ,610 3,610 non means tested 62% of max *These figures are based on 14/15 academic year where students are living away from the parental home and studying outside London. ** Where the Household Income is higher there is an expectation that Your Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant will be paid to you in 3 instalments, usually in September (once you have enrolled), January and April.

5 Support towards living costs Welsh Domiciled Students Welsh Government Learning Grant Maintenance Loan The amount of support available to you towards your living costs depends on your household income. For students studying in , it will be based on the household income in tax year. The support available comes in two forms: an Welsh Government Learning Grant (non repayable) and a Maintenance Loan (repayable). Household Income (Sample) Welsh Government Learning Grant Maintenance Loan Total per year Up to 18,370 5,161 2,622 7,783 25,000 3,347 3,529 6,876 34,000 1,142 4,631 5,773 50, ,177 5,227 57, ,902 3,902 non means tested 75% of max *These figures are based on 14/15 academic year where students are living away from the parental home and studying outside London. ** Where the Household Income is higher there is an expectation that parent(s) will contribute towards the students cost of living.. Your Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant will be paid to you in 3 instalments, usually in September (once you have enrolled), January and April.

6 Additional Funding Additional Statutory Funding Extra grants are available to students, depending on their individual circumstances. For example, Childcare Grant, Parent s Learning Allowance and Adult Dependants Grant. These forms of additional support are dependent on household income. To apply, please complete the relevant sections of the PN1 form. You apply for these extra grants on the same application form as you use to apply for Tuition Fee support, a Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant/ Assembly Learning Grant (see page 6). In addition, there is also Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) which provides funding for extra costs incurred due to a disability or specific learning need. When applying for a course through UCAS please disclose your disability or a specific learning need. The DSA is not dependent on household income. For more information, check your funding body website or contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service at Cardiff University on or Cardiff University in 2014/15 will be offering a 1,000 bursary to students who are being charged 9,000 tuition fees and have an household income of under 50,020. Cardiff University Scholarships change each academic year. For up to date information please check the University website: Students do not need to apply separately for the Bursaries and Scholarships, Student Finance and/or UCAS shares information with us.

7 Applying You will need to apply for funding every year of your course. The application process usually opens in January/ February before the academic year you start your course. You can apply via one of the following funding bodies, depending on where you were normally living prior to starting your course. Domicile in England Domicile in Wales Domicile in Scotland Domicile in Northern Ireland You can apply online, download an application form or request a hard copy be sent to you. The form you need to complete is a PN1 form. You have until the end of May of your academic year after enrolment to apply. However, for funding to be available shortly after you enrol, please apply before the deadlines given by your funding body. (April for Welsh domicile students, May for English domicile students) Please remember, students need to apply for funding each academic year.

8 Budgeting: Use a budget sheet each week/ month/ term to help plan your finances in three easy steps. Step 1: Fill in the income section Step 2: Fill in the essential expenditure section Step 3: Put your TOTAL INCOME and your TOTAL ESSENTIAL EXPENDITURE figures in to the MATHS section. Take away the expenditure from income. This is your income for fun stuff. Be honest and realistic about your costs and spending! Details of Hall Fees are available on the University website: Step 1: Income Term Month Week Maintenance Loan Maintenance Grant University Bursary (paid in 2 nd term) Scholarship (paid Nov & Feb) Other Grants (PLA, ADG, Childcare) Part time work Money from parents Savings Other Income Total Income

9 Step 2: Essential Expenditure Term Month Week Hall fees Insurance Television Licence Food Toiletries & Laundry Clothes Books /Stationery/Printing/ Existing debts Next year s house deposit Dentist/Optician/ other Travel Home Fresher s week money Family Costs (Childcare, dinner mon- Other Total Expenditure Step 3: The Maths Term Month Week Total step 1 Total Step 2 Total Step 1 Total Step 2 = total to spend on non essentials

10 Cost of Living in Cardiff The table below is based on the average costs for living in Cardiff. The costs will vary depending on individual priorities, but should give you an idea of the income you will need to maintain a reasonable budget. Average Living Costs for an Academic Year: Halls (incl bills) * 3,500 Food 1,300 Toiletries/Laundry 195 Books/photocopying 340 Travel (incl. travel home) 350 Phone, T.V, Insurance 330 Social/Leisure 1,150 Clothes 300 TOTAL 7,465 * this is the average hall price for 2013/14 academic year. Many students work part-time while they are studying as this can be a good way of increasing your disposable income, and also improving your CV. Cardiff University recommends that students do not work for more than 15 hours a week during term-time.

11 Student Loan Repayment The Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan are repaid together. The repayment structure depends on your future earnings, not how much you have borrowed. You will not start paying back your student loans until you have left university and are earning over 21,000 (gross) per annum. Your repayments will be 9% of your income over 21,000. Repayment Calculator: Annual Income Monthly repayments Up to 21,000 Nil 25, , , , There is interest on the Loan (RPI + up to 3%). The Government will write off all student loan balances which are left unpaid 30 years after a student finished or left a course, as long as the conditions of the original loan agreement are met. Welsh Domiciled students: Your total Maintenance Loan can be reduced by up to 1,500 see:

12 Advice and Money at the Student Support Centre We offer advice and guidance on a range of matters including student funding and related academic issues, welfare, housing, childcare, money and additional funding. We are part of a comprehensive system of support within the university which includes Counselling, Wellbeing, Disability and Dyslexia, International Student Services and The Academic and Skills Development Centre. These services are all available at the Student Support Centre, which helps students make the most of their time at university. Further information can be found on our website:

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