Financial Support for Carers

This information is for students with caring responsibilities.

We have funding available for our students who study at university and have recognised caring responsibilities for an ill or disabled family member.

You may be eligible for a range of financial support and the information that follows is a guide as to what may be available. We encourage you to contact the University's Financial Support Team by email: financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk or telephone: 0114 222 1319 for guidance.

Alternatively the Student Advice Centre in the Students' Union can provide independent advice relating to welfare benefits queries. They can be contacted by email: advice@sheffield.ac.uk or telephone: 0114 222 8660.

University Bursary

The carer's bursary will vary depending on your level of study and the year you started, or are due to start, your course. If you are an undergraduate student you must meet the eligibility criteria of Student Finance England (or equivalent funding body) to be assessed.

For undergraduate students this award is instead of the Sheffield Bursary Scheme.

Please click on the relevant tab below to find further information on the bursary you may be eligible for.

2016-2019 entry

For students who will start or started their undergraduate course between September 2016 and September 2019 the bursary award available is £4,500 for full-time students or £2,250 for part-time students per level of study (please note that this award cannot be backdated for previous years).

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

More information on the University Bursary can be found on our web pages.

2015 entry

For students who will start their undergraduate course in September 2015 the bursary award available is £4,500 for full-time students or £2,250 for part-time students per level of study (please note that this award cannot be backdated for previous years).

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 award to reduce your tuition fee cost, as a payment towards your University accommodation or as a direct payment into your bank account to help with your study costs.

More information on the University Bursary can be found on our web pages.

2012-2014 entry

For students who will start their undergraduate course between September 2012 and September 2014 the bursary award available is £1,600 for full-time students per level of study (please note that this award cannot be backdated for previous years). 

This money is yours to keep; you do not have to repay it and it won't affect your student finance.

More information on the University Bursary can be found on our web pages.

Postgraduate Students

Students who are studying a postgraduate course are eligible to apply for support with study costs.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at the University and were in receipt of the Carer's Bursary you will not need to provide any additional evidence.

In order to receive the support you must be studying at the University of Sheffield and not studying by distance learning. If you are studying by distance learning and facing financial difficulties we recommend you apply for Financial Support.

Other postgraduate funding opportunities

Terms and conditions

  • Bursaries do not normally have to be paid back. However 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 financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk 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.
  • Bursaries must be assessed and paid within the academic year and can not be backdated for previous years.
  • Exact payment dates will be confirmed in your bursary confirmation email.
  • Please note that if you are successful in receiving the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship you cannot apply for this support.

How to apply

In order to qualify for carer's financial support from the University you are required to provide supporting documentary evidence to confirm your status as a recognised carer for your relative.

Ideally this will be a copy of your Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Carer's Allowance statement/letter, however, if you don't have this, you must provide evidence detailing your role in the care of your relative. This will need to be on headed notepaper from one of the following sources:

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

You can notify the University of your caring responsibilities by completing this simple on-line form:

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Carer's Allowance

If you are a part-time student with caring responsibilities then you may be eligible for a carer's allowance. To find out if you are eligible visit: www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/overview.

Council Tax

Full-time students are exempt from paying council tax. If the only other adult in the property is disabled or severely mentally impaired then the whole property may be exempt. If there are other adults living in the house too then you may qualify for a reduction.

If you have left your own property empty in order to live with and care for someone then you may not have to pay council tax on your empty property.

Further information on council tax exemptions can be found can be found at www.gov.uk/council-tax/working-out-your-council-tax.