Fees and financial support for part-time students
This information applies to students who are studying a part-time course with the Department for Lifelong Learning.
The majority of part-time courses at the University of Sheffield are studied at 50% intensity and have a fee of £4,625 per year. (Fees for part-time students who started their course at the University of Sheffield prior to September 2017 and study at 50% intensity are £4,500 per year).
Fees for part-time courses can range from £4,625 to £6,935 per year depending on the intensity you study your course at.
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.
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 are available to students starting their course from September 2018 onwards. The amount of loan available will be determined by your household income, where you live and intensity of study.
The majority of 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 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 2020. 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||£3,873|
|£58,222 or above||£1,705|
You won't make any repayments on your loan until the April after you have left university and you are earning above the repayment threshold (currently £25,725 per year).
When you meet both of these criteria your repayments will be calculated as 9% of any earnings above the repayment threshold (currently £25,725). For example, using the current repayment threshold, if you earn £30,000 you will repay 9% of the £4,275 you earn above the £25,725 threshold (£384.72 per year or £32.06 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).
We offer awards to part-time students who started their course in 2015 or later, the amount you could receive depends on your household income and the year you started your course. These awards do not have to be repaid.
In order to receive a bursary you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Have a household income below the specified threshold for the year you started your course (see below).
- Be studying at least 60 credits per year of study on an eligible course (part time courses within the Department for Lifelong Learning (DLL) or the BA in Education, Culture and Childhood are eligible).
- Be eligible to receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan from Student Finance (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 (5 years if you are an EU national), not for the purpose of education, and you have no immigration restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK.
Asylum seekers are not eligible to receive a bursary; 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.
How to apply
The way you apply for a bursary varies depending on when you started your course. Please click on the drop-down box below to view the information for your year of entry.
Any required evidence should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought to Financial Support Team, Student Support and Guidance, Level 6, Students' Union, University of Sheffield.
- 2018 or later
There's no need to apply for a bursary. All part-time registered students will be automatically assessed and contacted before the end of October. If you think you are eligible to receive a bursary but have not been contacted by the start of November please contact us.
In order to be assessed for a 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.
- 2015 to 2017
In order to be assessed for a bursary you will need to provide some documents to allow us to confirm your household income. How we assess your household income depends on who you live with before you start your course and how old you are.
Proof of where you live
All students are required to provide evidence to confirm where you live and who with, this must be a copy of one of the following:
- Council tax letter listing all tenants
- Rent agreement or mortgage statement
- Electoral enrolment form
Proof of income
You can confirm household income by providing any of the following:
- P60 for the previous tax year
- Most recent 3 months' wage slips
- Benefits confirmation letter
- Most recent 3 months' bank statements
Whose evidence you will need to provide depends on who you live with.
Students who live with their partner
If you live with your partner you are required to provide evidence of their income.
Students who live at home with their parents
If you live at home with your parents and you are under the age of 25 you are required to provide evidence of your parent's income.
If you are under the age of 25 and live at home but live independently from your parents you are required to provide evidence to confirm your income and a signed statement from your parents indicating the rent/board you pay. These payments should be highlighted on your bank statements.
If you are over the age of 25 and live at home with your parents, you are only required to confirm your income details.
Students who live in a shared house
If you live in a shared house but are not financially supported by any of the other tenants you will need to provide evidence of your household income and highlight payments of rent and bills on your bank statements.
Students who live alone
If you live on your own you will need to provide evidence to confirm your own income.
How much could you get
The amount you are eligible to receive varies depending on when you started your course. The table below shows the University of Sheffield Bursary for part-time students starting their course in September 2019.
|Household income||Sheffield Bursary Award|
If you started your course before September 2020 you should refer to the information in the drop-down box below for your year of entry.
Household income Sheffield Bursary Award £0-£25,000 £625 £25,001-£30,000 £250 £30,001-£40,000 £125
- 2017 or 2018 entry
Household income Sheffield Bursary Award £0-£25,000 £1,000 £25,001-£30,000 £500 £30,001-£40,000 £250
- 2016 entry
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
- 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
Points to note
- 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 for each year of your course.
- It is your responsibility to have the necessary assessment required for a bursary or to provide the required evidence.
- 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 (DLL) Bursary. Please note that you must complete your foundation year to continue to be assessed for the DLL Bursary.
- Full terms and conditions of the University of Sheffield Bursary Scheme are available on our web site.
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:
- Students with caring responsibilities
- Estranged students (must be aged 25 or under)
- Care leavers (must be aged 25 or under)
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) cover some of the extra costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability. The support you receive is on top loans and grants you receive and does not have to be repaid. You can apply for DSAs when you apply for your tuition fee and maintenance loans.
As a registered student 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
As a part-time student you will be eligible to claim some income-related benefits. Our Student Advice Centre (+44 114 222 8660) can guide you on your eligibility.
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