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11 July 2011
Today (Monday 11 July 2011), Cardiff University has welcomed the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales’ decision to accept its proposed fee level of £9,000 per annum for full-time Home and EU undergraduates joining the University from 2012-13.
Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "Cardiff University is Wales’ largest and premier research-led University and offers high-quality and inspiring education to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. This agreed fee, together with the University’s supporting investment in a series of scholarships, bursaries and ongoing financial and academic support, will ensure that a Cardiff University education remains as accessible to future students who have the potential to succeed as it is today.
"It will also mean that at a time of significantly reduced government funding in higher education, Cardiff University will maintain and develop provision across our wide portfolio of courses - including the very large number of high cost programmes we deliver in science, engineering and professional disciplines.
"Throughout this iterative process we have worked very closely with the Students’ Union to develop robust financial, academic and skills support packages for our students. We are committed to providing support for students throughout their time at Cardiff University and to ensuring students are equipped for life after University - not only with a highly sought after qualification but with the skills and attitudes that society and future employers need.
"We will match students’ investment in us with our investment in stimulating, supportive and affordable higher education. We look forward to continuing to welcome a diverse and lively student population to study at Cardiff University."
Click here to access Cardiff University's Fee Plan for 2012/13
Fees for Wales/EU students, and rest of UK
No student will have to pay fees upfront.
The fees for Welsh domiciled students will be met from two sources. As now, Welsh domiciled students will be liable for the first £3,375 * of their fees – this cost will be met via a loan from the Student Loan Company. Students will only start repaying this loan once they are earning more than £21,000. The balance of the fee over and above the £3,375 will be met by the Welsh Government via a tuition fee grant. The tuition fee grant will be paid for all eligible Welsh-domiciled students (and for those from the EU studying in Wales). ** It applies not only to those students studying in Wales but to all Welsh-domiciled students wherever such students are studying in the UK. The tuition fee grant will not be repayable and will not be means tested.
For more information, visit the Student Finance Wales website.
Support for students from other parts of the UK will be governed by the fee arrangements decided by their own governments. It is anticipated that such students will need to meet the cost of their tuition fees in full via a loan from the Student Loan Company.
For more information visit the Student Loans Company website.
* £3,375 is the current undergraduate tuition fee (2011/12) – this figure is expected to be adjusted in line with inflation.
** Subject to Student Support Regulations
Widening Access and Retention
This year, Cardiff University’s student population includes nearly 1,500 students from the most deprived areas of Wales (Communities First areas) – the second highest total of any university in Wales.
Each year, up to 1,400 Year 11 Pupils are inspired by our seminars in schools to join the University’s Step Up to University programme. In 2010, 150 graduates of the scheme gained a place at university with 59 securing a place at Cardiff.
Over the next three years, we will expand our Step up to University programme by 100%, with 3,000 pupils on the programme at any one time, and we will prioritise our activity in Communities First areas of SE Wales.
Cardiff University is proud of its track record in supporting students to successfully complete their courses. Ninety-four percent of our undergraduates achieve their intended educational aims.
We will further invest in providing tailored support by establishing a Skills Centre to coordinate academic support services as part of the student experience, enabling them to fulfil their potential.
Over the last three years, on average more than 94% per cent of our graduates entered employment or further study within six months of graduation.
We will build on this and further embed employability and enterprise skills within the Cardiff experience. We will achieve this through partnership working between employers, careers specialists, Student Enterprise and the Students’ Union, so that students are able to contribute positively in a work situation, add value to their employer at the earliest opportunity in their career and realise their potential through their professional and career ambitions.
Over the last two years, Cardiff University has enhanced the student experience and transformed the academic environment including:
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