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If you only remember one thing about bursaries and fee waivers, remember to apply for your financial assessment as soon as you possibly can via Student Finance England or your equivalent awarding body. If you leave it too late, this can lead to delays in funding you don't need during your first few weeks at university. Help us to help you. Apply early.

On top of any government loans and grants you get, you could also get a University of Sheffield bursary of between £500 and £1,400. A bursary is like a grant. You don't have to pay it back. How much you get depends on your family's annual income.

If you live in an economically disadvantaged area in England and your family's income is under £25,000 a year, we won't charge you for your first year. We use a government database called the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) to work out who gets this discount. It depends on where you live. This is in addition to the cash bursary.

We use National Scholarship Programme funding from the Government to provide fee waivers. Devolved nations i.e. Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh students are not eligible for the fee waiver scheme.

If you're a student leaving care, you automatically get the maximum £1,600 bursary AND the first-year fee waiver, regardless of where you live.

When you apply to Student Finance England, or equivalent assessing agency for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan, or maintenance grant, you will provide the information necessary for us to work out how much bursary you're entitled to. About four weeks after the start of your course, the Financial Support Team will email you and let you know how much bursary you will receive.

Although the University bursary is assessed automatically, it is your responsibility to make sure that you have applied to Student Finance England, or equivalent funding body, and that you have been assessed correctly by the University.

We can only assess you for the bursary during the current academic year, so if you are unsure of your eligibility, we advise that you contact the Financial Support Team for confirmation of your eligibility.

How we pay you

Two instalments, into your bank account. The first instalment is usually paid at the end of October, the second by the end of February. You have to be registered to receive a bursary payment.

Household income Bursary each year First-year fee waiver
£18,000 or under £1,400 Yes, if you have an IMD postcode
£18,001 to £25,000 £1,100 Yes, if you have an IMD postcode
£25,001 to £30,000 £750 n/a
£30,001 to £35,000 £600 n/a
£35,001 to


£500 n/a
Students from care £1,600 Yes, whatever your postcode

When we talk about your family's annual income or 'household income', we mean the amount your family earns in a year before tax, less deductions for other dependent family members and any pension contributions.

That government database we mentioned. The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) takes your postcode and works out if your area is classed as economically deprived. To do this, it looks at things like employment, housing and services in your postcode area.

Your bursary is reassessed, so you could get more money. You need to inform your awarding body of any changes in you or your family's circumstances.

Need to know

  • To be considered for a bursary, you must have first applied to Student Finance England or equivalent assessing agency for loans and grant assessment using a PN1 form or online application. You must be eligible for at least part of the loans and grant support to be eligible for a University Bursary. Those students undertaking a second degree may find that they are not eligible for loans, grants or bursaries. Use this link to find out more information on funding for students studying a second degree.
  • If your second degree attracts a means-tested loan we will assess you for the cash element only.
  • If your course is fully NHS funded (ie there are no tuition fees to be paid) you will not be eligible for a University bursary.
  • There is no limit on the number of UK students who can qualify for a bursary.
  • PGCE students are not eligible for fee waivers.
  • The bursaries apply to each year of your course, excluding years in industry/placement.
  • Bursaries also depend on your progression from one year to the next. If you need to repeat a year, it is unlikely an award will be made, however we will consider each case on an individual basis.
  • You should receive details about your bursary within four weeks of the start of your course.
  • Bursaries do not normally have to be paid back, as they are a grant not a loan. However if you withdraw from your course or take a leave of absence you may have to repay a percentage of your bursary that you received in that academic year.
  • If your circumstances change, for example, if your household income is reassessed by Student Finance England, the bursary amount that you are eligible for may be affected.
  • We will be running regular bursary and fee waiver assessments from October 2016 to April 2017. If you feel you are eligible for a bursary after this point please contact the Financial Support Team
  • The last date for calculating bursaries for the current academic year is Friday 9th June 2017.

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