Access Travel Bursary

This bursary will refund standard coach or rail travel for eligible prospective students plus one guest, or a mileage allowance for car travel.

The refund is only available for your journey to an undergraduate open day, travelling directly to and from Sheffield.

Who is the Access Travel Bursary for?

The bursary is available to support undergraduate prospective students living in government-identified postcode areas that typically have low participation rates to Higher Education (POLAR3 quintile 1 or POLAR4 quintile 1), and a household income of £25,000 or less per annum.

What is POLAR?

The POLAR classifications looks 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 POLAR3 quintile 1 or POLAR4 quintile 1 area: Check your postcode
  2. Download and complete the Self-Declaration Form (PDF, 83KB) – you need to confirm that you are in a POLAR3 quintile 1 or POLAR4 quintile 1 postcode area and that your household income is £25,000 or less per annum.
  3. Download and complete the Expenses Claim Form (PDF, 280KB) – remember to ask for a receipt when you purchase tickets, you will need this to make your claim. Unless you travel by car in which case you can claim 40p per mile for your round trip from home to the University and back.
  4. Claims should be made by either:
    • handing in your Self-Declaration Form and Expenses Claim Form plus relevant travel receipts at the Central Exhibition on the day of the event. Or,
    • posting completed forms, evidence and all receipts to: Student Fees and Funding Team (Travel Bursary), Student Administration Service, Level 6 - The Students' Union, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN. You may want to obtain proof of posting if you do this.
  5. 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, 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 open day i.e. pre-application, post-application and interview.

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 Student Fees and Funding Team:

Funding Team

For specific questions about fees, bursaries, scholarships and financial support, get in touch: