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 carers bursary will vary depending on your level of study and the year you started, or are due to start, your course. To be assessed you must meet the eligibility criteria of Student Finance England (or equivalent funding body).

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.

2018 entry

For students who will start their undergraduate course in September 2018 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.

2017 entry

For students who started their undergraduate course in September 2017 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.

2016 entry

For students who will start their undergraduate course in September 2017 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 2017 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 in September 2017 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.

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.