University Bursary for Care Leavers

This page outlines the University of Sheffield bursary available to care leavers and how to apply. 

Eligibility

To be considered for the enhanced bursary, you must:

  • be considered a care leaver
  • be under the age of 25 on the first day of your course
  • meet the eligibility requirements of Student Finance England or equivalent funding body (undergraduate students only)
  • have been assessed as independent by Student Finance England or equivalent funding body (undergraduate students only)

You are not considered to be a care leaver where you:

  • have been adopted
  • are under a private foster agreement
  • are no longer under a care order as per the Leaving Care Act

Where you are estranged from your family or guardian, please see our Estranged Students web-pages.

Undergraduate Students

This award is instead of the University of Sheffield Bursary Scheme. This money is yours to keep, you do not have to repay it and it won’t affect your student finance.

You can choose to use your bursary to:

  • reduce your tuition fee cost; or
  • as a direct payment into your bank account to help with study costs

The year you started your course will determine which bursary scheme you are eligible for. Click on your year of entry below for more information.

Further information for each year of entry is available from our bursary pages.

2016-2019 entry

Where you started/are starting your course between September 2016 and September 2019, the bursary award per level of study is:

  • £4,500 for full-time students
  • £2,250 for part-time students
2015 entry

Where you started your course in September 2015, the bursary award per level of study is:

  • £4,500 for full-time students
  • £2,250 for part-time students
In addition to fees and study costs, you can also use your bursary as a payment towards your University accommodation.
2012-2014 entry

Where you started your course between September 2012 and September 2014, the bursary award per level of study is:

  • £1,600 for full-time students

Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate students are eligible to apply for support with study costs.

Where you are studying by distance learning and facing financial difficulties, you will not be eligible for a bursary. We recommend applying for Financial Support.

Financial Support Application

You do not need to provide any additional evidence if you studied your undergraduate degree with us and received the Care Leaver’s Bursary.

How to Apply

1. Please inform us of your circumstances via the web form below.

Care Leavers Contact Form

2. You must also provide evidence to support your care status, such as:

  • a letter from social services (if they have been involved)
  • proof of legal guardianship, such as a court order (if applicable)
  • a letter from a professional who is aware of the nature of your situation and living arrangements (e.g. your GP or head teacher)

3. Please email your evidence to the Financial Support Team.

Please contact the Financial Support Team for any further information or guidance. 

Contact Financial Support Team

Terms and Conditions 

  • Exact payment dates will be confirmed in your bursary confirmation email.
  • Your bursary does not need to be repaid and will not affect your student finance.
  • Where you have been awarded the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship you cannot apply for this support.
  • Bursaries must be assessed and paid within the academic year and cannot be backdated for previous years.
  • You can choose to use your bursary award to reduce your tuition fee cost or as a direct payment into your bank account to help with your study costs.
  • Where you withdraw from your course, you may need to repay a percentage of your bursary that you received in that academic year. Please contact the Financial Support Team for guidance.
  • Where you take a leave of absence during the year, you will not be eligible to receive any further instalments due to be paid.

Definitions 

Care Leaver

This includes individuals under 25 years old who have been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14; and who were looked after by the local authority at school-leaving age or after that date.

Background in Care

This includes individuals who have been in the care of a local authority for at least 13 weeks, whether away from home or in the home.

Looked After and/or in the Care of a Local Authority

This includes individuals who are in foster care, local authority accommodation, under a care order at home or under kinship care.

For more information, please visit the Buttle website below.

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