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Information about University bursaries for UK undergraduate and PGCE students starting their studies in 2011-12

Funding your future

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).

For students starting their studies in 2011-12, you could get a University of Sheffield bursary of between £250 and £1,400, as well as any student loans and grants you're entitled to.

How do our bursaries work?

There are two types of bursary available: income and outreach. You may qualify for both. How much you're entitled to depends on the following:

Income

If your household income is £18,000 a year or under you will be entitled to £1,000 income bursary a year. If your income is between £18,001 and £25,000 you will be entitled to £750. Incomes between £25,001 to £30,000 will receive £500 and incomes between £30,001 to £35,000 will receive £250.

Outreach

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 are registered on one of these schemes, and your household income is £18,000 or under you're entitled to an outreach bursary of £400. If your income is between £18,001 and £25,000 you will be entitled to £250. Incomes between £25,001 to £30,000 will receive £150 and incomes between £30,001 to £35,000 will receive £50.

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.

Bursaries at a glance

Work out your bursary entitlement using this table:

Income Threshold Income Bursary Outreach Bursary
£18,000 or under £1,000 £400
£18,001 to £25,000 £750 £250
£25,001 to £30,000 £500 £150
£30,001 to £35,000 £250 £50

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.