Guaranteed Bursaries 2014-15
This information is for Students entering University for the first time in September 2014.
The University of Nottingham will provide a generous package of bursaries to support full time undergraduate home* students from lower-income families who are liable for the £9,000 tuition fee entering University for the first time in September 2014. Unfortunately, students on NHS-funded courses are not eligible for these University bursaries (with the exception of the Nottingham Potential Bursary for Care Leavers or summer school attendees).
University Core Bursary
Nottingham Potential Bursary
National Scholarship Programme (NSP)
University Core Bursary
At least a third of our students are likely to be eligible for our Core Bursary, which offers up to £3,000 for each year of undergraduate study.
Please see thresholds and award levels below, if you have any questions about your entitlement please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bursaries of between £750 - £3,000 are being offered to undergraduate students who commenced their course in September 2014 and are liable for the £9,000 tuition fee.
To be eligible you must:
Be registered on a first undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/ 1st year GEM) at Nottingham.
Have UK home status for funding purposes.
Be liable for the tuition fee of £9,000 in 2014-15.
Have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance.
Have a household income between £0-£42,600, as assessed by Student Finance.
Applications open on the first day of the 2014 academic year. Please see this link for more details of how to apply.
Students in receipt of a National Scholarships Programme award (with the exception of care leavers and foundation year students) will not receive a Core Bursary in their entry year but will still be able (if eligible) to receive a Nottingham Potential Bursary; if eligible Core Bursaries will be paid in future years.
The table below shows the breakdown of Core Bursary awards, but please note that if your household income is below £25,000 you may receive a National Scholarship Programme (NSP) award instead. See the NSP section below for more details.
Core Bursary Awards
Household income (as calculated by Student Finance)
Amount of bursary
up to £15,000
£15,001 - £25,000
£25,001 - £35,000
£35,001 - £42,600
PGCE students are eligible to apply for the Core Bursary, but will have any ITT Bursary they receive included as household income.
Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) students are also eligible to apply, in their first year of study only.
PGCE and GEM students can also apply for the Nottingham Potential Bursary if they have dependants or are Care Leavers and meet the other criteria (please see below).
Social Work and Social Policy students can apply for the University Bursaries, but will have any NHS Bursary they receive (available to some students from year 2 onwards) included as household income. These students are eligible to apply for a Nottingham Potential Bursary,
The above groups of students should apply using this online form once they are fully registered.
The deadline for applications for the Core Bursary is 19th June 2015. If you are having any problems receiving your bursary please ensure you contact the Bursary Team before the deadline as applications made after this date can not be assessed.
Nottingham Potential Bursary
A Nottingham Potential Bursary provides an additional £1,000 a year for students who meet at least one of the following criteria:
Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications and with a household income figure of up to £42,600. To be eligible on this basis you must be in your year of entry to the University, and on the first year of your course (or year 0 if doing a foundation year).
Students with a household income figure of up to £42,600 with financially dependent children or adults.Students who are currently or have been in public care for a minimum time period of three months and are under the age of 25 years at the start of their course (please note that you can still apply for the Nottingham Potential Bursary for Care Leavers even if in receipt of NHS funding).
Students who have fulfilled specified conditions through participation in the University's widening participation outreach activities (for example, through our summer schools).
There is no need to apply for the award if eligible on this basis. NHS funded students are eligible to receive the Nottingham Potential Bursary for summer school attendees.
PGCE and GEM students can also apply for the Nottingham Potential Bursary if they have dependants or are Care Leavers and meet the other criteria outlined above.
The deadline for applications the Nottingham Potential Bursary is 19th June 2015. If you are having any problems receiving your bursary please ensure you contact the Bursary Team before the deadline as applications made after this date can not be assessed.
Download the Nottingham Potential Bursary application form. NOTE: This is not the application form for the Core Bursary.
National Scholarship Programme
On 30th November the government announced significant changes to the National Scholarship Programme funding for 2014/15. This means the information below differs from that which appeared previously on this website and in other University publications.
The University is participating in the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) by providing full fee waivers to the following group of students in their entry year:
Care Leavers with a household income of up to £25,000 (that is, students who are currently or have been in public care for a minimum time period of three months and are under the age of 25 years at the start of their course ).
And a £4,500 fee waiver to the following group of students, in their foundation year:
Those enrolled on one of the University’s year 0 courses** with a household income of up to £25,000
We will also provide National Scholarship Programme awards to students with a RHI of up to £25,000 in their entry year, as below:
Students with a household income of up to £15,000 will receive an NSP cash award of £3,000 in their entry year.
Those with a household income between £15,001 and £25,000 will receive an NSP cash award of £2,000 in their entry year.
The cash awards are paid in two equal instalments: the first around 5th December 2014 second around 13th February 2015
Students eligible for a NSP award on the basis of multiple criteria (for example, as a Foundation Year student and because of having a household income under £25,000) will receive the award of the greatest overall value (i.e. the NSP for Foundation Year students in the example given).
Students in receipt of an NSP (with the exception of care leavers and foundation year students) will not receive a Core Bursary in their entry year but will still be able (if eligible) to receive a Nottingham Potential Bursary. Core Bursaries will be paid in future years to eligible students.
What are the other criteria?
To be eligible for an NSP award you must be a home* student who is ordinarily resident in England, studying a full time course, be registering on your first undergraduate degree, and be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee. NSP awards will be allocated automatically to eligible students.
If you think you are eligible for a NSP award you should ensure you apply for means tested Student Loans Company funding, as the household income figure used will be that calculated by Student Finance. You should also apply for the maximum available Fee Loan during the initial Student Finance application stage (unless you intend to partially self-fund your fee payment), as any fee waiver will be implemented later.
Students with European Union fee status may also be eligible the fee waiver element of the NSP, as long as they meet the other criteria outlined above.
How to apply
Students who are eligible for the NSP for Care Leavers or Foundation Year Students will be contacted automatically, where we have the necessary information to identify them. Students who believe they are eligible but have not been contacted by the start of the academic year should email us on email@example.com as soon as possible to query this.
Students who are eligible for the income-based NSP should apply via the portal in the same way as for the Core Bursary. Please follow this link for more information.
Please see the NSP FAQ page for more information.
The deadline for applications the National Scholarship Programme is 19th June 2015.
*Your student finance company (i.e. Student Finance England, Wales, Northern Ireland or SAAS) will decide your residency status. To be classed as a ‘Home’ student you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period prior to the start of your course. Students granted refugee status and European migrant workers may also be eligible. If you are unsure of your status contact the student finance company for further information.
**These Year 0 courses facilitate progression to Engineering, Medical Physiology and Therapeutics, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and most courses in the Faculty of Science.
Note: All references to household income refer to the figure which is calulated by Student Finance when a student applies to them for means-tested funding.