Access+ Travel Bursary

The Access+ Travel Bursary is available to eligible students for undergraduate open days, on-campus subject taster days, offer holder days and interviews.

Who is the Access+ Travel Bursary for?

This bursary is available to support undergraduate applicants to the University of Sheffield who:

A) Live in a government identified postcode area that typically has low participation rates to Higher Education (HE) (POLAR4 quintile 1) and have a household income of £25,000 or less per Annum. Check if your postcode is eligible for the bursary.

Or:

B) Are care experienced

C) Are estranged from their families

D) Are a carer for an ill or disabled family member

E) Have parenting responsibilities 

F) Are in receipt of or have been in receipt of Free School Meals   

G) Are a Forced Migrant

You can claim for train (standard class only) and coach/bus/tram tickets for the prospective student and one guest only. Receipts must be submitted as evidence with this form.

If you are travelling by car, car mileage is also available at 40p per mile. Evidence of the journey will need to be uploaded showing the miles from home to University and back. 

What is POLAR?

The POLAR classifications look at how likely young people are to participate in Higher Education across the UK. POLAR classifies local areas or 'wards' into five groups, based on the proportion of 18 year olds who enter Higher Education aged 18 or 19.

These groups range from quintile 1 areas, with the lowest participation (most disadvantaged), up to quintile 5 areas with the highest rates (most advantaged).

More information about POLAR

How do I claim the Access+ Travel Bursary?

  1. Check to see if you live in a POLAR4 quintile 1 area: Check your postcode OR meet any of the other criteria

  2. Once you have attended the event, complete the online form - uploading images of receipts as appropriate.

  3. Please note that the refund will be paid directly into your bank account approximately 5 to 6 weeks after we have received your completed claim forms.

Points to note

  • The refund is only available for your journey to an undergraduate open day, post application open day, taster session or interview travelling directly to and from Sheffield.

  • If you are not claiming for mileage only costs incurred using public transport will be covered - please note that this does not include taxis.

  • Accepting an open day travel bursary does not commit you to accept Sheffield as your Firm or Insurance choice. Neither does it guarantee that we will be able to offer you a study place, if we have not already done so.

  • Your application must be received within 4 weeks of visiting the University.

  • You can only apply for the Access Travel Bursary once for each type of event i.e. undergraduate open days, on-campus subject tasters, offer holder days and interviews.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about your eligibility to claim this bursary, or general questions about support with visiting the University of Sheffield please contact our Access Sheffield Team:

access@sheffield.ac.uk