University of Sheffield Bursary Scheme

A bursary is money from the University for undergraduate students and it doesn’t have to be paid back. It’s in addition to Government funding and you'll receive it 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 by the end of October to confirm the amount you'll receive and when it will be paid.

The amount you receive will depend on a number of factors which may include; your household income, postcode, grades and the year you started your course. You can find information about the different bursary schemes on our bursary web page.

Terms and Conditions

  • To be considered for a bursary, you must be eligible for and have applied to Student Finance England or equivalent assessing agency for an undergraduate means tested maintenance support using a PN1 form or online application. Those students undertaking a second degree may find that they are not eligible for loans, grants or bursaries. Use this web page to find out more information on funding for students studying a second degree.
  • If your course is funded by the NHS (ie there are no tuition fees to be paid) you will not be eligible for a University bursary.
  • If you are eligible for a bursary we may contact you during your studies regarding other opportunities you might be interested in, such as other funding schemes. Your data will not be passed to other parties.
  • There is no limit on the number of UK students who can qualify for a bursary.
  • The bursaries are paid each year of your course, excluding years in industry/placement.
  • You’re eligible to receive the bursary each year of full-time study. If you repeat part of your course part-time, we may be able to consider you for a pro-rata award. Please contact for further information.
  • Bursaries do not normally have to be paid back, as they are a grant not a loan. However if you withdraw from your course or transfer to another University, you may have to repay a percentage of your bursary that you received in that academic year. Your bursary entitlement will be re-assessed in line with the Tuition Fee Refund Policy. Please contact for guidance.
  • If you take a leave of absence during the year, you won’t have to repay the bursary you have already received, however, you won’t be eligible to receive any further instalments due to be paid.
  • If your circumstances change, for example, if your household income is reassessed by Student Finance England, the bursary amount that you are eligible for may be affected in future years. If this is the case you will not have to repay any of your bursary you have already received.
  • We'll assess your postcode using Polar 3 and the Index of Multiple Deprivation scales. 
  • We will be running regular bursary assessments from October 2018 to the end of April 2019. If you feel you are eligible for a bursary after this point please contact the Financial Support Team.
  • The last date for calculating bursaries for the current academic year is Friday 7th June 2019.
  • Bursary awards must be assessed and paid within the academic year and can not be backdated for previous years.
  • If you are studying within the Department for Lifelong Learning (full-time or part-time) and you transfer to a full-time course outside of the department you will be assessed for a full-time Department for Lifelong Learning Bursary. Please note that you must complete your foundation year to continue to be assessed for the DLL Bursary.


If you started your course before 1st September 2015 and your bursary is assessed during October, your bursary will be paid in two equal instalments in October & February.

If you started your course after 1st September 2015 and your bursary is assessed during October, you bursary will be paid in four equal instalments in October, December, February & April.

Exact payment dates will be confirmed in your bursary confirmation email.