Part-time undergraduate students - fees and funding

Fees

Fees for part-time students who started in 2017, 2018 or will start in 2019 are £4,625 per year.  

Fees for part-time students who started their course at the University of Sheffield in 2016-17 are £4,500 per year.

The University will review tuition fees each year. It is possible that fees will increase each year of study in line with inflation as specified by parliament.

The fees to be charged by the University will be updated on the University website and if there is any inconsistency between a print publication (such as the prospectus) and the website, the website should be taken as correct.

Funding

Financial support for part-time students:

Frequently asked funding questions for part time undergraduates

Loans from Student Finance

Tuition fee loans

All eligible part-time students who start their course after 2012 can take out a student loan each year to cover the full cost of their tuition fees. To be eligible you must be studying at university level for the first time at an intensity of 25% or more. There are no age restrictions on tuition fee loans.

You can apply for a tuition fee loan and check the full eligibility criteria on the government website. Applications usually open in the spring before you start your course.

Part-time Maintenance Loans

Part-time Maintenance loans will be available to students starting their course from September 2018. The amount of loan available will be determined by your household income, where you live and intensity of study.

All degree programmes within the Department for Lifelong Learning are studied at a course intensity of 50% (60 credits per year) and are eligible to receive the part-time maintenance loan.

The Foundation Programme in Combined Studies and Part-time Certificate in Combined Studies are not eligible and therefore students on these courses will not be able to apply for the part-time maintenance loan. 

The table below shows the amount available to students living in their family home, studying at a course intensity of 50% and starting their course in September 2018. Students aged 60 or over on the first day of their course are not eligible to receive a part-time maintenance loan.

Household income Maintenance loan amount
£25,000 or less £3,662
£35,000 £3,045
£45,000 £2,428
£55,000 £1,811
£65,000 £1,612

Further information on gov.uk

Repayments

Tuition fee loans and maintenance loans (where applicable) are repaid as one loan. You won't make any repayments on this loan until the April four years after you have started your course (or the April after leaving your course if this occurs sooner) and you are earning over £25,000 per year.

When you meet both of these criteria your repayments will be calculated as 9% of any earnings over £25,000. For example, if you earn £30,000 you will repay 9% of the £5,000 you earn above the £25,000 threshold (£450 per year or £37.50 per month). Further details on repayments can be found on the government website.

Please note that the University of Sheffield is not an approved Advanced Learner Loans provider (formally known as 24+ Advanced Learning Loans)

Bursaries from the University

We offer awards to part-time students depending on their household income and the year they started their course. These do not have to be repaid.

  • This information is for students studying part-time within the Department for Lifelong Learning (DLL) or studying the BA in Education, Culture and Childhood (EDU U02)
  • Refer to the information on the tab below for the year that you started your course

Bursaries are available for students studying eligible part-time courses from academic year 2015 onwards. These bursaries are from the University of Sheffield and do not have to be repaid.

In order to receive a bursary you must meet all of the following criteria, as well as the criteria specified below:

  • Have a household income below the specified threshold.
  • Be studying at least 60 credits per year of study.
  • Be eligible to receive support from Student Finance i.e. eligible for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan (where applicable).
  • Not already hold an equivalent or higher level qualification.
  • You have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to starting your course (not for the purpose of education) AND you have no immigration restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK.
  • If you are an EU national you must have lived in the UK for 5 years of more prior to starting your course (not for the purpose of education).

Asylum seekers are not eligible; if you have refugee status or have been granted humanitarian protection you are eligible as long as you have been resident in the UK for a full year prior to starting your studies.

2019 entry

How much could you get?

If your household income is below £40,000 you could receive a bursary for each year of your course.

Household income Sheffield Bursary Award
£0-£25,000 £625
£25,001-£30,000 £250
£30,001-£40,000 £125

You have the choice of taking your bursary as a direct payment to help with your study costs or as a partial fee waiver (reducing the amount of tuition loan required).

How do I get a bursary?

All part-time students will be contacted by the Financial Support Team once they have registered on their course.

If you think you are eligible for an award and have not been contacted by the end of October please email the Financial Support Team using financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk.

Evidence required

In order to be assessed for a University of Sheffield Bursary you will need to have a household income assessment completed by Student Finance. This is usually done when you apply for a part-time maintenance loan.

If you are not intending on applying for a part-time maintenance loan you will still need to submit the application but request £0 loan. This allows us to assess you for the bursary without you receiving any loan. Please contact us if you require further support with this. 

Need to know

  • Your assessment for a bursary is dependent on your circumstances prior to starting your studies. The University will re-assess your eligibility for a bursary each year of your course.
  • It is your responsibility to have the necessary assessment required for a bursary.
  • Bursaries are not allocated in a repeat period of study.
  • Bursaries do not normally have to be paid back, as they are a grant not a loan. However if you withdraw from your course or take a leave of absence you may have to repay a percentage of your bursary that you received in that academic year.
  • If you transfer to a full-time course you will be assessed for a full-time Department for Lifelong Learning Bursary. Please note that you must complete your foundation year to continue to be assessed for the DLL Bursary.
2018 entry

How much could you get?

If your household income is below £40,000 you could receive a bursary for each year of your course.

Household income Sheffield Bursary Award
£0-£25,000 £1,000
£25,001-£30,000 £500
£30,001-£40,000 £250

You have the choice of taking your bursary as a direct payment to help with your study costs or as a partial fee waiver (reducing the amount of tuition loan required).

How do I get a bursary?

All part-time students will be contacted by the Financial Support Team once they have registered on their course.

If you think you are eligible for an award and have not been contacted by the end of October please email the Financial Support Team using financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk.

Evidence required

In order to be assessed for a University of Sheffield Bursary you will need to have a household income assessment completed by Student Finance. This is usually done when you apply for a part-time maintenance loan.

If you are not intending on applying for a part-time maintenance loan you will still need to submit the application but request £0 loan. This allows us to assess you for the bursary without you receiving any loan. Please contact us if you require further support with this.

Need to know

  • Your assessment for a bursary is dependent on your circumstances prior to starting your studies. The University will re-assess your eligibility for a bursary each year of your course.
  • It is your responsibility to have the necessary assessment required for a bursary.
  • Bursaries are not allocated in a repeat period of study.
  • Bursaries do not normally have to be paid back, as they are a grant not a loan. However if you withdraw from your course or take a leave of absence you may have to repay a percentage of your bursary that you received in that academic year.
  • If you transfer to a full-time course you will be assessed for a full-time Department for Lifelong Learning Bursary. Please note that you must complete your foundation year to continue to be assessed for the DLL Bursary.
2017 entry

How much could you get?

If your household income is below £40,000 you could receive a bursary for each year of your course.

Household income Sheffield Bursary Award
£0-£25,000 £1,000
£25,001-£30,000 £500
£30,001-£40,000 £250

You have the choice of taking your bursary as a direct payment to help with your study costs or as a partial fee waiver (reducing the amount of tuition loan required).

How do I get a bursary?

All part-time students will be contacted by the Financial Support Team once they have registered on their course.

If you think you are eligible for an award and have not been contacted by the end of October please email the Financial Support Team using financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk.

Evidence required

You will be asked to provide evidence of your household income, this includes; your income and either your partner's income or your parent's income if you are aged under 25 and still live at home.

All students

We require evidence to show where you live, and who you live with. To confirm your household please provide:

  • a copy of your council tax letter OR
  • a copy of your rent agreement / mortgage statement OR
  • a copy of your Electoral Enrolment Form

You can show total household income by providing ANY of the following:

  • P60
  • most recent 3 months' wage slips
  • benefits letter
  • most recent 3 months bank statements showing income

Students who live in a shared house

If you live with others but you are not financially supported by them we require evidence of payments you make for rent and bills, you can highlight these on your bank statements.

Students who live at home with their parents

If you live with your parents and you are under the age of 25 years you are required to provide evidence of your parent's income.

However if you are under the age of 25 and live at home but live independently from your parents you are required to provide a signed statement from your parents indicating the rent/board you pay and highlight these payments on your bank statements.

If you are over the age of 25 years and live at home with your parents, you are only required to provide your income details.

Need to know

  • Your assessment for a bursary is dependent on your circumstances prior to starting your studies. The University will not re-assess your eligibility for a bursary once you have started your course, however if your household income decreases during your course, please contact the Financial Support Team for guidance.
  • It is your responsibility to provide the required evidence for a bursary.
  • Bursaries are not allocated in a repeat period of study.
  • Bursaries do not normally have to be paid back, as they are a grant not a loan. However if you withdraw from your course or take a leave of absence you may have to repay a percentage of your bursary that you received in that academic year.
  • If you transfer to a full-time course you will be assessed for a full-time Department for Lifelong Learning Bursary. Please note that you must complete your foundation year to continue to be assessed for the DLL Bursary.

2016 entry

How much could you get?

If your household income is below £42,825 you could receive a bursary for each year of your course.

Household income Sheffield Bursary Award
£0-£25,000 £1,500
£25,001-£30,000 £625
£30,001-£35,000 £500
£35,001-£42,875 £375

You have the choice of taking your bursary as a direct payment to help with your study costs or as a partial fee waiver (reducing the amount of tuition loan required).

How do I get a bursary?

If you think you are eligible for an award and have not been contacted by the end of October please email the Financial Support Team using financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk.

Evidence required

You will be asked to provide evidence of your household income, this includes; your income and either your partner's income or your parent's income if you are aged under 25 and still live at home.

All students

We require evidence to show where you live, and who you live with. To confirm your household please provide:

  • a copy of your council tax letter OR
  • a copy of your rent agreement / mortgage statement OR
  • a copy of your Electoral Enrolment Form

You can show total household income by providing ANY of the following:

  • P60
  • most recent 3 months' wage slips
  • benefits letter
  • most recent 3 months bank statements showing income

Students who live in a shared house

If you live with others but you are not financially supported by them we require evidence of payments you make for rent and bills, you can highlight these on your bank statements.

Students who live at home with their parents

If you live with your parents and you are under the age of 25 years you are required to provide evidence of your parent's income.

However if you are under the age of 25 and live at home but live independently from your parents you are required to provide a signed statement from your parents indicating the rent/board you pay and highlight these payments on your bank statements.

If you are over the age of 25 years and live at home with your parents, you are only required to provide your income details.

Need to know

  • Your assessment for a bursary is dependent on your circumstances prior to starting your studies. The University will not re-assess your eligibility for a bursary once you have started your course, however if your household income decreases during your course, please contact the Financial Support Team for guidance.
  • It is your responsibility to provide the required evidence for a bursary.
  • Bursaries are not allocated in a repeat period of study.
  • Bursaries do not normally have to be paid back, as they are a grant not a loan. However if you withdraw from your course or take a leave of absence you may have to repay a percentage of your bursary that you received in that academic year.
  • If you transfer to a full-time course you will be assessed for a full-time Department for Lifelong Learning Bursary. Please note that you must complete your foundation year to continue to be assessed for the DLL Bursary.
2015 entry

How much could you get?

If your household income is below £42,620 you could receive a bursary for each year of your course.

Household income Sheffield Bursary Award
£0-£25,000 £1,500
£25,001-£30,000 £625
£30,001-£35,000 £500
£35,001-£42,620 £375

How do I get a bursary?

If you think you are eligible for an award and have not been contacted by the end of October please email the Financial Support Team using financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk.

Evidence required

You will be asked to provide evidence of your household income, this includes; your income and either your partner's income or your parent's income if you are aged under 25 and still live at home.

All students

We require evidence to show where you live, and who you live with. To confirm your household please provide:

  • a copy of your council tax letter OR
  • a copy of your rent agreement / mortgage statement OR
  • a copy of your Electoral Enrolment Form

You can show total household income by providing ANY of the following:

  • P60
  • most recent 3 months' wage slips
  • benefits letter
  • most recent 3 months bank statements showing income

Students who live in a shared house

If you live with others but you are not financially supported by them we require evidence of payments you make for rent and bills, you can highlight these on your bank statements.

Students who live at home with their parents

If you live with your parents and you are under the age of 25 years you are required to provide evidence of your parent's income.

However if you are under the age of 25 and live at home but live independently from your parents you are required to provide a signed statement from your parents indicating the rent/board you pay and highlight these payments on your bank statements.

If you are over the age of 25 years and live at home with your parents, you are only required to provide your income details.

Need to know

  • Your assessment for a bursary is dependent on your circumstances prior to starting your studies. The University will not re-assess your eligibility for a bursary once you have started your course, however if your household income decreases during your course, please contact the Financial Support Team for guidance.
  • It is your responsibility to provide the required evidence for a bursary.
  • Bursaries are not allocated in a repeat period of study.
  • Bursaries do not normally have to be paid back, as they are a grant not a loan. However if you withdraw from your course or take a leave of absence you may have to repay a percentage of your bursary that you received in that academic year.
  • If you transfer to a full-time course you will be assessed for a full-time Department for Lifelong Learning Bursary. Please note that you must complete your foundation year to continue to be assessed for the DLL Bursary.

Enhanced bursaries

Enhanced bursaries are available to students who have caring responsibilities for an ill or disabled family member, are estranged from their families or are care leavers. Further information can be found on the following web pages. Please note that part-time students are eligible for a pro-rata award of the full-time amount:

Other financial support from the University

You may be eligible for a small grant to help them with the following additional costs:

  • childcare when attending classes
  • additional travel costs associated with your studies

Apply for Financial Support (registered students only)

Income-related benefits

As a part-time student you will be eligible to claim some income-related benefits. Our Student Advice Centre (0114 222 8660) can guide you on your eligibility.

If you have any questions about the bursaries available, or other financial support, please contact the Financial Support Team on 0114 222 1319 or email financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk

Frequently asked funding questions for part time undergraduates