University bursaries for UK undergraduates and PGCE students starting their studies in 2014-15



If 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.

This kind of support is called a bursary. It's the same as 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?
Tick the consent to share data box when you apply for your student loan. Your information is passed to us and we'll automatically work out how much you're entitled to. If you're eligible, we'll email you in October and you will receive the awards detailed below.

How is it paid?
Instalments will be paid into your account at the start of each semester. The first instalment will be paid by the end of October.

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 a year if your household income is between £35,001 and £42,000.

Students from care and Young Carers will receive £1,600 a year.

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

Use our 2014 student funding calculator to work out how much you could get.

Please note that students funded by the NHS are not eligible for the University bursary.

StudentFirst-year National Scholarship Programme awards

The National Scholarship Programme award replaces the 2014 first-year fee waivers scheme (see below).

A £6,000 award

If this is the first time you've done a degree or studied in higher education, your household income is less than £25,000 a year and you live in one of the country's most deprived areas (as defined by the government), you could be eligible for a National Scholarship Programme (NSP) award worth £6,000 in your first year of study.

We use the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database to work out which students qualify – we'll use the first address on your university applicant record.

If you've previously received a part-time fee waiver award from the University of Sheffield, then unfortunately you won't be eligible for the NSP award.

How it works

You can take your NSP award as a first-year fee waiver. That means you only have to pay a £3,000 fee.

Or you can take a first-year University accommodation rent waiver and a payment to you. The payment to you will vary depending on the cost of your accommodation. You will need to pay the first installment of your accommodation fees yourself – the NSP award will then be used to pay the remaining costs.

Or you can take the full £6,000 as a payment to you in your first year.

If you're leaving care or you are a Young Carer studying for your first degree, you're entitled to the NSP award, regardless of where you live. Care leavers and Young Carers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible.

If you're eligible we'll email you in October to ask you how you would like to take your award. If you don't reply to this email with your choice, your award will automatically default to a partial fee waiver.

Who's eligible?

To qualify for an NSP award you have to be a permanent resident of England, unless you're a care leaver or a carer (see above).

Students eligible for an NSP award will be notified no later than the end of November 2014.

Use our 2014 student funding calculator to see if you qualify.

No strings

These awards 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.

Why the scheme has changed

The government has reduced the money it's putting into financial support schemes offered by universities. This means there is now less money available for students starting courses in September 2014, so universities and colleges must look again at what they are able to give to students and who they can give it to.

We've responded by offering the National Scholarship Programme award. This award replaces the previously advertised 2014 first-year fee waivers scheme.

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.