Financial support for students

The University is committing up to £3 million to support students facing financial difficulties due to the rising cost of living.  


If you are facing financial pressure or unforeseen costs, you can apply if you meet the criteria (the amount you may be awarded may vary depending on your circumstances, so that we can help as many students as possible).

Apply for financial support

All eligible students can apply for financial support to help cover:

  • Unpaid placement costs
  • Employability-related costs, for example if you need to buy new interview clothes
  • Graduation costs
  • The cost of IT equipment
  • Living costs
  • Energy costs
  • House hunting costs for students with dependents

We can also provide emergency support in the form of vouchers, including food vouchers.

Check the criteria and apply for financial support

We are also taking further proactive steps across the university this year to tackle the cost of living, including: 

Stipend increase for postgraduate research students

A stipend increase of 10% from the originally announced 2022/23 rate for University of Sheffield funded postgraduate research students, in line with UKRI’s announced policy.

Support for students to engage with extracurricular activities

Increasing the funding available for the Participation Grant from £26,000 to £40,000 - to ensure all students can engage with extracurricular activities.

Eligible students can apply for up to £150 to help cover costs of taking part in sports and activities led by the Students' Union and Sport Sheffield, such as membership fees, kit, equipment and transport costs.

Bursary increases

A 10% uplift to bursaries for eligible home-fee paying students. 

Free access to reading material

Reviewing reading lists, with the aim of making reading material accessible through our libraries free of charge wherever possible.

Find more support from the University Library

Reimbursement for travel related to national industrial action

If you have incurred costs to travel to an exam and your journey has been cancelled without notice due to national strike action, you can apply to be reimbursed. 

To be eligible you’ll need to have had no other reason to attend campus other than your exam (for example, other classes or meetings) and will need to provide evidence to confirm the date and time of your exam, and to confirm your costs (for example, travel tickets).

Complete the reimbursement form to make a claim