University Bursary for Student Carers

This page outlines the University of Sheffield Bursary for students with caring responsibilities and how to apply.

Undergraduate students 

This award is instead of the Sheffield Bursary Scheme. The money is yours to keep, is non-repayable and it won't affect your student finance.

You must meet the eligibility criteria of Student Finance England (or equivalent funding body) and be registered on a full-time or part-time course to be assessed.

The year you started your course will determine which bursary scheme you are eligible for. Bursaries cannot be backdated for previous years.

Click on your year of entry below for more information.

2020 entry

Prospective students who will start their course in September 2020 are eligible to apply for:

  • £4,500 for full-time students
  • £2,250 for part-time students
2015-2019 entry

Where you started/are due to start your course between September 2015 and September 2019 the bursary award available per level of study is:

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

If you are studying a postgraduate course you are eligible to apply for support with study costs. Please contact us to discuss the support available.

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

Where you studied your undergraduate degree with us and you received the Carer’s Bursary, you may be asked to provide evidence to confirm your current responsibilities. 

For alternative sources of postgraduate funding, please visit the page below.

How to apply

1. Please inform us of your caring responsibilities by completing the form below.

2. You must provide supporting evidence to confirm your status as a recognised carer of your relative on headed paper (e.g. a copy of your Department for Work and Pensions Allowance statement/letter or evidence detailing your role in the care of your relative) from one of the following sources:

  • Carer's Support Group
  • Social Services / Local Authority
  • Your relative's NHS or Private Support Worker

You may be asked to provide evidence to confirm your circumstances during your course. 

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

If you require any further guidance please contact the Financial Support Team.

Terms and conditions

  • Exact payment dates will be confirmed in your bursary confirmation email.
  • Your bursary is non-repayable and will not affect your student finance.
  • Your bursary will be paid as a direct payment into your bank account to help with your study costs.
  • If you withdraw from your course, you may have 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.
  • Bursaries must be assessed and paid within the academic year and cannot be backdated for previous years.
  • If you receive an enhanced bursary from the University we will contact you each year of your course to confirm you still meet the eligibility criteria. You may also need to provide evidence to confirm this.  

A full list of bursary terms and conditions is available from our web site