Student in university cafeSheffield Bursary Scheme for 2016 students

How does it work?

This money is from the University and it doesn’t have to be paid back. It’s in addition to Government funding. You'll receive this bursary for each year of your course, including a year spent studying abroad should you choose to do this.

We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your entitlement for the Sheffield Bursary Scheme. You don’t need to apply for it. If you’re eligible, we'll email you in October and you will receive the awards detailed below. The first instalment will be paid by the end of October.

You will have a choice of taking your bursary as a direct payment or a fee waiver (reducing the amount of tuition fee loan required).

Three award areas

The Sheffield Bursary Scheme is split into three main areas. You may be eligible for more than one of these.

1. Some of the bursary is based on your household income
You'll automatically receive this bursary if your household income is £42,875 or less. 

Household income Bursary per year of study
£0–£25,000 £1,500
£25,001–£30,000 £1,250
£30,001–£35,000 £1,000
£35,001–£42,875 £750
City regions


2.  You can get an extra £1,000 based on household income and where you live
If your household income is £25,000 a year or less and you live in one of the country’s most deprived areas (as defined by the government) you'll receive £1,000 a year on top of any other financial support you receive.


3. You can get £500 depending on where you live and what grades you get
If you live within the Sheffield City Region, in an area where it’s not common for people to go to university, and you achieve ABB (or higher) at A Level or equivalent, you'll receive £500 a year on top of any other support you're entitled to. This award does not take household income into account.

You can check whether you qualify using the student funding calculator. (The map shown here is a guide only.)


If you live in one of the devolved nations you will not be eligible for either of the postcode dependent awards (points 2 and 3 above).

We reserve the right to reclaim any financial support awards that students are no longer eligible for.

Students on a part-time programme of study within the Department for Lifelong Learning will be assessed for a pro-rata bursary.

Support for care leavers, estranged students and those students with caring responsibilities

The University is committed to supporting students with additional responsibilities or particular circumstances at home. Bursaries of £4,500 per year of study are available, regardless of where you live and household income.

If applicable, these awards are instead of the University of Sheffield Bursary Scheme.

The following students are eligible:

Students with caring responsibilities

If you care for an ill or disabled family member.

Care leavers – financial support

You're also encouraged to apply for the HSBC Scholarship.

Estranged students

Students who are estranged from their parents or guardian.

Bursaries for students studying full-time in the Department for Lifelong Learning

If you're studying a full-time course in the Department for Lifelong Learning you may be eligible for a bursary of up to £3,000 that is based solely on your household income.

Bursaries for part-time students

You may be eligible for a part-time undergraduate bursary if you're a student in the Department for Lifelong Learning.