University Bursary for Estranged Students

This page outlines the University of Sheffield Bursary for estranged students and how to apply.

Eligibility

To be considered for the enhanced bursary, you must:

  • be under the age of 25 on the first day of your course
  • be studying a full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • meet the eligibility criteria 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)

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

Further information is available from our bursary pages.

2015-2019 entry

Where you started/are starting your undergraduate course after September 2015, the bursary award per level of study is:

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

How to apply

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

Estranged students contact form

2. You must also provide a copy of the evidence you used to apply to Student Finance (or equivalent funding body) for your independent assessment, such as:

  • supporting letters from a professional/third party e.g. your former head teacher/external agency.

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

Where you are estranged but have not been assessed as independent by Student Finance, you must make an appointment with a Money Advisor in the Student Advice Centre. They can discuss your circumstances with you, determine whether you qualify for independent statutory funding and help you contact the relevant agencies.

If you are applying for independent support from Student Finance as a registered student and you experience financial difficulties, you may wish to consider applying for Financial Support.

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.

How to apply

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

Estranged students contact form

2. You must also provide evidence to confirm your estrangement, such as:

  • a supporting letter on headed paper stating you have been assessed as an independent student from a professional/third party such as your former head teacher/external agency.

Please contact the Financial Support Team if you experience difficulty sourcing this evidence.

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

Where you require help with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre.


Definition

Estranged

Estrangement is a term to describe a student who has no relationship with, or support from, their parents. To be considered as an estranged student this situation must be permanent, and you must have had no contact with your parents for at least a year.

Stand Alone Pledge

We have been recognised by Stand Alone for pledging our ongoing support for estranged students.

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.
  • You cannot apply for this support if you have been awarded the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • 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.
  • If you take a leave of absence during the year, you will not be eligible to receive any further installments due to be paid.

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