University bursaries for UK undergraduate and PGCE students starting their studies in 2012-13


On top of any government loans and grants you get, you could also get a University of Sheffield bursary of between £500 and £1,400. A bursary is like a grant, you don't have to pay it back. How much you get depends on your family's annual income.

How do I apply?

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.

How we pay you

Two instalments, into your bank account. The first instalment is usually paid at the end of October, the second by the end of February. You have to be registered to receive a bursary payment.

Household income Bursary each year First-year fee waiver
£18,000 or under £1,400 Yes, if you have an IMD postcode
£18,001 to £25,000 £1,100 Yes, if you have an IMD postcode
£25,001 to £30,000 £750 n/a
£30,001 to £35,000 £600 n/a
£35,001 to £42,000 £500 n/a
Students from care £1,600 Yes, whatever your postcode

Your family's income

When we talk about your family's annual income or 'household income', we mean the amount your family earns in a year before tax, less deductions for other dependent family members and any pension contributions.

IMD government database

That government database we mentioned. The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) takes your postcode and works out if your area is classed as economically deprived. To do this, it looks at things like employment, housing and services in your postcode area.

If you family income drops

Your bursary is reassessed, so you could get more money. You need to inform your awarding body of any changes in you or your family's circumstances.