University bursaries for UK undergraduates and PGCE students starting their studies in 2013-14

StudentsIf your household income is £42,000 a year or under, you can also get cash support from the University. Unless your circumstances change, you'll get the same amount for each year of your course.

A bursary is like a grant, you don't have to pay it back. It doesn't affect your eligibility for government loans or grants.

How much?
Up to £1,400 a year

Who's eligible?
Full-time UK students only.

How do I apply?
When you apply for your tuition fee loan, that information is passed on to us. We'll use it to work out how much you're entitled to.

How is it paid?
Instalments paid into your account at the start of each semester.

Who's paying this again?
Us. The University of Sheffield.

 This is how it works:

£1,400 a year if your household income is £18,000 or under.
£1,100 a year if your household income is between £18,001 and £25,000.
£750 a year if your household income is between £25,001 and £30,000.
£600 a year if your household income is between £30,001 and £35,000.
£500 year if your household income is between £35,001 and £42,000.

'Household income' is your family's gross annual income, minus pension contributions and allowances for dependent children.

Use our 2013 student funding calculator to work out how much you could get.

First-year fee waivers

If this is the first time you've done a degree and your household income is under £25,000 a year, and you live in an economically deprived area, you'll get a bursary AND a full or partial fee waiver for your first year.

We will use the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database to work out which students qualify for fee waivers.

If you live in one of the most deprived areas, as defined by the IMD, you get a full £9,000 fee waiver. If you live in the second tier of deprived areas, you’ll get a partial fee waiver of £6,000.

Students leaving care get a bursary of £1,600 and the first-year fee waiver regardless of where they live.

You can choose to take part of the fee waiver in the form of cash, and take out a loan for the remainder of your fees.

Use our 2013 student funding calculator to see if you qualify for a first-year fee waiver.

No strings

These fee waivers don't tie you into anything. If for any reason you don't want to continue after your first year, you don't have to pay back the money.

But don't worry. Once you get here you're almost certain to want to stay. Sheffield has one of the lowest drop-out rates in the country. If you do have any problems, you'll find yourself surrounded by a supportive community of staff and students who can help you.

Please note that fee waivers can not be back dated in future years.

When you apply to Student Finance England, or equivalent assessing agency for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan, or maintenance grant, you will provide the information necessary for us to work out how much bursary you're entitled to.

Although the University bursary is assessed automatically, it is your responsibility to make sure that you have applied to Student Finance England, or equivalent funding body, and that you have been assessed correctly by the University.

We can only assess you for the bursary during the current academic year, so if you are unsure of your eligibility, we advise that you contact the Financial Support Team for confirmation of your eligibility.