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Financial Assistance Programme Awards for final year students

Rosie, student intern with Advice and Money, shares some important information about the Financial Assistance Programme Awards available for final year students.

Financial assistance

If you’re a final year undergraduate student it’s likely you’re familiar with one of the biggest contributors to student stress: money problems. As a student myself, I can totally relate, we all can.

However, what if you’re concerned that you may not be able to attend your own graduation? If you’re more than a little worried about whether your funding will cover you until the end of your final term of your degree, don’t worry. You could be eligible to apply for the Financial Assistance Programme (FAP).


What is the Financial Assistance Programme?

The Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) aims to provide students with advice and support to improve their money skills and financial competency so that they can remain in their programme of study.

But, how does it apply to you, a final year undergraduate student who is struggling to fund themselves until the end of the summer term or unable to afford to hire robes for your graduation? Well, the FAP may be able to help you fund your living costs in the form of a non-repayable grant.

To find out if you are eligible you can fill out an application form, which you can pick up at 50 Park Place, or download from the intranet here.

The deadline to apply for FAPA for the summer term is 3:00pm on Friday 9th June 2017, or the last day of your course if you finish later.


Already applied to the FAP this year?

Remember, if you’ve already applied to FAP this academic year you don’t need to fill in another application form. Simply write a covering letter explaining why you are now in financial hardship. Bring this to one of our Support Centres along with:

  1. One month’s bank statement from all of your bank accounts.
  2. Your current balance of all your bank accounts.
  3. Any evidence related to a change in your circumstances since you last applied.


Want to apply? Watch our video, ‘How to apply to the FAP’

Next steps

Once you’ve completed the application, hand it back to the Advice and Money team and they will contact you to review if you are eligible. If you are, they’ll support you through the application process. If you’re not eligible for the FAPA, please try not to worry. There are other options available to you which the Advice and Money Team can guide you through. Don’t hesitate to sign up for a drop-in appointment anytime you feel you need help.


Contact Advice and Money

Student Support Services at Cardiff University are here to help you, please drop in or contact us should you have any questions.

Telephone: 02920 874844



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Your feedback and help please

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Best wishes,

Rosie, Advice and Money student intern.


Your Student Life, Supported.

The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice and Money, Careers and Employability, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, Disability and Dyslexia and International Student Support. The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

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