Guaranteed Bursaries 2016/17 (for continuing students who started their course at The University of Nottingham between September 2012 and September 2015)

The University of Nottingham is providing 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. Unfortunately, students on NHS-funded courses are not eligible for these University bursaries (with the exception of the Nottingham Potential Bursary for Care Leavers).

Changes to the Core Bursary from 2016/17 academic year

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

Bursaries of between £750 - £3,000 are being offered to undergraduate students who commenced their course between September 2012 and September 2015 and are liable for the £9,000 tuition fee.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be registered on a first undergraduate degree course at Nottingham (which you began between September 2012 and September 2015).
  • Have UK home status for funding purposes.
  • Be liable for the tuition fee of £9,000 in 2016/17.
  • 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 can be made via the portal from the August prior to the start the next academic year, provising you have been assessed by Student Finance and have completed the online University registration process. Please see this link for more details of how to apply.

The table below shows the breakdown of Core Bursary awards:

Core Bursary Awards
Household income (as calculated by Student Finance)Amount of bursary
up to £15,000 £3,000
£15,001 - £25,000 £2,000
£25,001 - £35,000 £1,000
£35,001 - £42,600 £750


Social Work students (with the exception of 2012 entrants, who received an automatic NHS Bursary) can apply for the Bursary via the student portal.

RIBA Part 2 Architecture (scheme eligibility depends on year of entry and fee liability) and GEM YR 1 only students can also apply for the University Bursaries. 

These students should apply for the Core Bursary using this online form

The deadline for the Core Bursary is 23 June 2017. If you are having any problems receiving your bursary please ensure you contact the Financial Support 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.
  • Students with a household income figure of up to £42,600 with financially dependent children or adults.
  • Students under the age of 25 years at the start of the course who are currently or have been in public care for a minimum time period of three months (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 Nottingham Potential or Sutton Trust Summer Schools or activities (including attendance on a minimum of 6 Post-16 Ambition Nottingham sessions or 8 Pathways to Law/STEM sessions). 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.

Please note that is you have previously applied for one of these awards and been successful, there is no need to reapply in subsequent academic years. You will just need to reapply for your Core Bursary (unless receiving on the basis of summer school attendance) and your award will then be pocessed automatically.

If you are a first time applicant for the Potential Bursary you can apply using the online form OR download a paper form. (NOTE: This is not the application form for the Core Bursary.)

The deadline for applications for the Nottingham Potential Bursary will be 23 June 2017. 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.


*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.

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