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University bursaries for UK Undergraduate and PGCE students who started their studies in 2006-2010

While the cost of living for our students is among the lowest in the country, you may still be able to benefit from the extra financial assistance the University of Sheffield can provide.

A bursary is the same as a grant, so you don't have to pay this money back (unless your circumstances change - see below).

See examples of how bursaries are allocated

How do our bursaries work?

There are three types of bursary available: income, prior achievement and outreach. You may qualify for one or all three. How much you're entitled to depends on the following:

  • Household income
    If your household income is under £18,500 per year, you're entitled to an income bursary of £750. If your income is between £18,501 and £38,100 you'll receive an income bursary of £460. The amount of your household income can also effect how much outreach bursary you may be entitled to, and how much you receive for A grades at A Level (see below).
  • A Level grades
    If your household income is under £18,500 and you get three A grades you'll get a prior achievement bursary of £1,790 whatever you choose to study. If your household income is between £18,501 and £38,100 three A grades could entitle you to a prior achievement bursary of between £130 and £1,790. If your household income is over £38,101 you won't qualify for a prior achievement bursary unless you're applying to study a priority subject.
  • Priority subjects
    If you study a priority subject and your household income is between £18,500 and £38,100 three A grades entitle you to a prior achievement bursary of between £860 and £1,790. If you study a priority subject and your household income is over £38,101 you're entitled to receive £290 for one A grade, £575 for two A grades, £860 for three A grades.

Priority subjects are degrees in the following departments: Faculty of Engineering, School of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science, Information Studies, Archaeology, School of Health and Related Research

Outreach schemes

Through outreach schemes we work with schools and colleges in our region to encourage applications from students who, for financial and other reasons, may not otherwise have considered university an option.

If you apply through one of these schemes, and your household income is under £18,500, you're entitled to an outreach bursary of £925. This figure decreases gradually as your household income increases to £38,100.

Our outreach schemes are: Compact, SOAMS: Sheffield's Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme, PPP: Professions Progression Partnerships, ADOPT: Access to Dental Occupations; Practice and Tutoring

How to apply for a bursary

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. About four weeks after the start of your course, the Financial Support Team will email you and let you know how much bursary you will receive.

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.

A Level equivalents

Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, BTEC, or International Baccalaureate, can still qualify for a prior achievement award.

Access course students

If you're coming to university from an Access to HE course, you could be eligible for up to £1,675. You won't qualify for a prior achievement or priority subject bursary. But you will be assessed under the outreach part of the scheme, so you could get an outreach bursary of up to £925, plus an income bursary of up to £750, depending on your household income.

Dual degrees

Bursaries for priority subjects apply to dual degrees where 50 per cent of the programme is in a priority subject.

Years abroad and industry placements

If your course includes a year abroad or in industry, you will not receive a bursary for that year, although your tuition fee will be reduced.

Questions about bursaries

If you have further questions about bursaries and how they work, try looking at the frequently asked questions page. The following link will open in a new window:

Bursaries FAQs